Life Technologies Reviews

Updated July 24, 2015
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Pros
  • Cutting edge technologies are fun to work with (in 14 reviews)

  • Colleagues are very helpful and friendly, good benefits (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Once the company became Life Technologies, the upper management shifted from one based in Science to Engineering (in 15 reviews)

  • Worse health benefits than their smaller competitors (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Challenging product lines with minimal technical support system.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Genetic Analysis Systems Sales Representative in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Genetic Analysis Systems Sales Representative in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at Life Technologies full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people and opportunities to grow. Strong product lines within research market.

    Cons

    Upper management has limited perspective on challenges facing the market. Lack of resources.

    Advice to Management

    Stabilize account coverage and minimize overlays. Build and grow a stable technical team for reliable field support.


  2. Easy to survive in, difficult to thrive in

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Scientist I in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Scientist I in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Life Technologies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Easy to learn about the basics of how to do your job well. The people that worked there are very welcoming and diverse.

    Cons

    Felt very much like a factory, individual effort isn't noticed as much, especially in the lower positions. Changes in SOPs are not well communicated.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more efficiently and clearly.


  3. Tough place to work but good people

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Life Technologies (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fast paced environment, the days flew by. There were definitely opportunities to advance as many sought other opportunities outside the company.

    Cons

    Constantly changing environment with new financial systems and buying new companies. Tough place to work if your group had people resistant to change as mine did.

    Advice to Management

    Not really sure what advice to offer, this is a small company that got huge very very fast. It's a tough environment at times when you have folks used to "the old way" when integration and buying other companies and expansion is the new norm.


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  5. Research Associate

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Life Technologies as an intern

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The interview process was very quick and was notified of an offer after my final interview. Friendly People who were always willing to help. The work there was very manageable based on my experience.

    Cons

    Personally for me the work was not analytical enough so I found myself doing monotonous work throughout my time there.

    Advice to Management

    Probably talk with their interns more to see if they feel challenged throughout their time there.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Life at Life

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Life Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Higher than typical payscale. Employee perks, group events, lunches, races, sports. Employee recognition rewards.

    Cons

    Extremely fast paced. Demanding. Stressful. Work 24/7. Calibrate/grade similar employees on a curve.

    Advice to Management

    Communication to non-management employees should be respectful. Employees create the company's success.


  7. dba

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    great people to work with

    Cons

    work and life are not unbalance


  8. Formulations Technician

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Good company to develop career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  10. Helpful (1)

    good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  11. Helpful (1)

    Transition time is tough but overall good company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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