Life Technologies Reviews

Updated April 4, 2015
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  1. Formulations Technician

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fresno, CA

    I worked at Life Technologies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    the company has great benefits, pay, retirement

    Cons

    work life balance does not exist. Forced overtime.

  2. Good company to develop career

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

    I have been working at Life Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good products and great field reps to work with. Fast pace and more flexible towards customers' needs comparing to other big corporate.

    Cons

    too much company politics. Upper management team is not honest.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent to employees, and spend less time on politics

  3. good place to work

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at Life Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to work with a lot of fun people

    Cons

    Very weak middle level managers, bad benefit

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  5. Transition time is tough but overall good company

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    Former Employee - Technical Sales Specialist in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Technical Sales Specialist in Boston, MA

    I worked at Life Technologies full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of Autonomy, Great Benefits, Nice commission structure, Great team, intelligent people, Likes to higher scientific personal so seen as a resource to customer.

    Cons

    Merger causing many shifts in personnel, Not enough resources to sales, miscommunication between product management and sales, layoffs and realignment, NO TRAINING at all. Work Life balance is difficult especially if you would like to move up ladder.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more resources and training to team.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Good Company, Bad Management in Customer Care

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Life Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits: 3 extra floading holidays on top of regular vacation and holidays
    Decent Health Care Insurance
    Good Pay for the position in the region

    Cons

    Bad management. Can't make up their minds on new ideas and some don't have a clue as to what's going on in the organization other bossing people around.

    Advice to Management

    Stict to a plan. Stict to decisions. And get a degree if you can to see how to manage a business.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Continually challenging work frought with an overabundance of mismanagement. 13 direct supervisors in 18 years.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Life Technologies full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging environment. Surrounded by exceptionally smart people. Cutting edge technology. Very cool to be a part of this. Better than average pay considering the locality. Reasonable opportunity for advancement if one would relocate.

    Cons

    Once the company became Life Technologies, the upper management shifted from one based in Science to Engineering. Scientists, (the ultimate innovators), were pushed out by engineering strategies and once that became the norm, the engineer's mind began to apply engineering principles to personnel staffing and operations. This severely narrowed new ideas and the ability to try something radical. Fear of reprisal dented the scientist's mindset that trying and failing is ok. This is the great shame of LTC. It not only affected scientific personnel but practically all of operations. Now, there are some areas of operations where task based improvement can work, but it will only go so far. In my opinion, in almost all endeavors that involve people, their brain should not be limited by an engineer's perspective. It must remain wide open at all times, with enough empowerment in their immediate environment, so their ideas are valued and enough of them are incorporated so as to create the culture of advancement. The other negative that occurred as LTC became the world juggernaught it was to become was that local site's autonomy was taken away in pieces and the sites became production sites only without any of the innovation that the local expertise may have built up over decades of working on their specialty.

    Advice to Management

    Take advantage of local expertise.

  8. Smart bunch of people

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    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at Life Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people. Smart people. Good pay.

    Cons

    When we were bought out by Thermo Fisher there was a lot of unsurety about who would be staying and going. Communication was lacking from immediate managers.

  9. Helpful (1)

    It was an ok place to work.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Life Technologies

    Pros

    The people that you work with are good.

    Cons

    Temporary contract job that ended early without any warning whatsoever.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Corporate Atmosphere - goes through the motions

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Life Technologies

    Pros

    Retirement benefits, stock options, fruit friday motivates people to include fruit in their diet

    Cons

    May be variable by site - scheduling demands (weekends and nights)
    Common trend in biotech: Decisions made by finance team rather than scientists who do the work
    Science becomes profit-driven which can interfere with major discoveries.

    Advice to Management

    Ask for and listen to feedback of your team doing the work (and not anyone else in a role to speak for or be above that team)

  11. Helpful (4)

    Good company, pay, and benefits, but limited growth potential

    Former Employee - Senior IT Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Senior IT Engineer in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Life Technologies full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good (not great) working environment, good benefits (including the on-site gym). Company takes reasonable effort to keep cost of health care in check without giving up too much of the service. Good pay.

    Cons

    Limited growth potential. Practically speaking, among all people I've seen there, if people wanted to grow, they left the company. The HR *think* they are committed to career nurturing, in fact, it is very difficult to grow inside the company. Additionally, people may develop a feeling of being detached from the strategic mission, because their voice practically not heard (which perhaps not surprising, giving the size of the company)

    Advice to Management

    Provide environment where people could grow.

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