Pros – helpful co-workers, and salary was good...
Cons – Training methods needs work, promotions are few...
Advice to Senior Management – Be non-biased, and listen to your employees....
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
Pros – About 98% of the individual contributors are open to new things, competent, dedicated, and stable. The company is coming into the 21st century with its technology and experiencing some exciting growing pains. I'm holding onto its stock. Salary and benefits are decent.
Cons – The site has expanded and now the "grunts" are in the old building and the "favorites" are in a nice new one. The lack of collaboration is only going to get worse with the distance. There's a tendency for veteran employees (>10 years) to prevent the integration of new employees (<5 years) and their ideas for improvement/change. There is a marked incentive for keeping things the same as they were in the 90s. Luckily, the CEO is relatively new to the company so there's hope for evolution.
Advice to Senior Management – Consider how the internal politics affects the larger picture of the direction the CEO is trying to take the company.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
Pros – A little hard to think of pros. I guess that some of the people that work at Quidel are nice.
Cons – As a temp, you will be treated completely second class. You won't be included in anything. The accounting and finance departments have horrible management and everyone knows it, but nothing is done about it. High turnover. It's more of a "cover yourself and help no one else" type environment.
Advice to Senior Management – Bring on new management.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
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Pros – Swine flu has truly expanded the awareness and importance of testing for influenza
Cons – Growing pains - moving from small company feel to corporate America
Advice to Senior Management – None
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Pros – They offer fair pay, and Interesting projects. There are many great people, and Quidel enjoys a solid reputation in the industry. If you are coming from R and D, and woud like to learn how a clinical diagnostics firm is run, they put a priority on getting new employees up to speed on regulatory issues.
Cons – Job security and lack of advancement may be an issue in some departments. Many companies in the biotech and diagnostics industry are having to re-assess priorities and direction as the corporate landscape changes. Quidel is no exception. As usual, some projects and divisions are seen as having growth potential. These are given priority when it comes to R and D and marketing expenditures. Other product lines and divisions are used to generate quick money with little emphasis on the future.
Advice to Senior Management – If a division or product line does not fit well with the current business model, it might be better for all involved to sell it off, rather than let it die.