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Updated Mar 20, 2014

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2.7 13 reviews

67% Approve of the CEO

Quidel President, CEO, and Director Doug Bryant

Doug Bryant

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30% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    They don't care about their employees at all

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsI rarely had to work overtime as a scientist which was a perk. Other than that it sucked.

    ConsCorporate does not care about its employees. Very hard to climb the corporate ladder.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive more incentive to work here.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work but don't trust HR

    Manager (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsMy peers are fabulous and hardworking as long as management is not pitting us against each other.

    ConsNo clear picture of the future and too many "chefs" in the kitchen. Instead of departments working together they all bad mouth one another and don't help each other. Quidel is a mid size company run as a small company with many people performing multiple functions. If they all played nicely and worked together it would be a fantastic company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive your employees some job security. Everyone is afraid of being the next Santa Clara and having their entire department or all of manufacturing not just all of SPG being moved to Ohio where labor is cheaper and doesn't ask so many questions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Employees with Bachelor's degrees in biology and chemistry are making less on the hour than local cashiers at Kroger.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSome truly excellent people work for Quidel. The diversity of backgrounds and experiences people have before they come to this company is amazing; you will definitely gain valuable work experience here, and that is all.

    ConsEmployees with bachelor's degrees in molecular biology and chemistry are making less on the hour than local cashiers at Kroger. The pay is substandard when compared to any other biotech company. Raises, when given, are laughable unless you happen to be employed in senior management.

    If salary weren't already an issue, employees may find a reason to go elsewhere anyway. Quidel does not care about their employees. People live in fear of being fired at a moment's notice. I have heard several employees referring to their work lives by saying, "You just never know about this place," and "We're always walking on eggshells." Employees will not talk about their salaries to one another because it is a known fact that employees with comparable education and experience are hired at differing rates of pay. Quidel has fired employees for discussing salary with one another.

     Recently, they "released" scientists in the research and development department (who had been stellar employees for 5 years) without so much as a day's notice while keeping an employee in the manufacturing department on in spite of a write up for harassment, even with a history of harassment allegations and after referral to anger management counseling.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf Quidel ever hopes to keep the talent they initially attract, this culture of totalitarianism, insecurity and favoritism cannot continue. With a business model based on respect and loyalty to employees as well as customers, the company could be one of the most promising in the world today. As it stands, the environment for employees in the manufacturing, research, and quality control departments, where the actual work is done, is shameful.

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    For your sake, hope you're in Senior Management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsGood people do work here and make some good products. There are a few exceptional people who hold this place together.

    ConsSenior Management continues to blatantly communicate that the "haves" play by different rules than the "have nots."
    Organization is top heavy more often than not.
    Internal advancement is available so long as you are willing to be grossly underpaid.
    HR is NOT looking out for you. Questionable tact in difficult situations.
    "The help" feels the effects of leadership team mistakes.
    Actual quote from CEO when informing company of no bonus payout a few years ago: "...I told my wife she's not getting a new BMW this year." Right. That makes it ok then.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDoug, you are a very sharp guy, and I do think the vision for the company is solid. However, there needs to be more focus given to restoring a positive culture. People do not like coming to work here anymore. You can only go to the whip so many times without positive feedback.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It was ok

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsThere are opportunities to learn new things with a lot of work they had. Sometimes it was a bit too much.

    ConsThey were unable to provide adequate training during the first few months. Managers played favorites with employees and my colleagues felt sorry for me.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPersonality helps much more than you realize.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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