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Life Technologies – Why Work For Us?


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Life Technologies has combined with Thermo Fisher Scientific (NASDAQ: TMO) to create an unrivaled industry leader. The Life Technologies brand is now one of Thermo Fisher’s four premier product brands, which include Thermo Scientific, Fisher Scientific and Unity Lab Services brands.

With revenues of $17 billion and 50,000 employees in 50 countries, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO) is the world leader in serving science. Our mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. We help our customers accelerate life sciences research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics and increase laboratory productivity. Our four premier brands - Life Technologies, Thermo Scientific, Fisher Scientific and Unity Lab Services - offer an unmatched combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and comprehensive support.

All of our employees share a common set of values - Integrity, Intensity, Innovation and Involvement. Our ability to grow year after year is driven by our ability to attract, develop and retain world-class people who will thrive in our environment and share in our desire to improve mankind by enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.

If you're looking for an employer who is strongly committed to developing talent and rewarding achievement, come grow with us at Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Thermo Fisher Scientific is an Equal Employment Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer and a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

1.  Improve the World. At Thermo Fisher Scientific you can do good work and feel confident that you matter in an organization that makes a real difference in the world. One that is working to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.

2. Become the Best. We strive to make you better than you ever thought you could be by providing networks, creative interaction with peers, stretch assignments, training and a brand that stands for something meaningful. We also empower you to sustain your well being with a wide array of health, wellness, financial, and supplemental benefits.

3. Do Meaningful Work. We all want to derive meaning from our daily activities. That’s why our leaders are focused on ensuring your work is as challenging, meaningful and as engaging as it can be. You are empowered to continually seek new opportunities that strengthen our product leadership position, improve lives through science, enrich our customer experience and refine our employee experience.

4. Innovate. We’ve been recognized as one of the world’s most innovative companies. At Thermo Fisher Scientific, your imagination and creativity are encouraged and rewarded. Check out one of our innovative businesses below:

5. Be Yourself. Our diverse workforce and inclusive work environment help us harness the collective creative energy required for breakthroughs in productivity and innovation that are foundational to product leadership.

6. Work Abroad. Our global presence in more than 50 countries offers you the chance to work for a company that is fully networked and doing amazing things around the world.

7.  Share Your Passion. You’ll be part of a high performing work team, full of enthusiastic, energetic people who are passionate about making a difference in the world.

8. Define Your Destiny. We offer resources that match your professional development interests, a culture that welcomes your ideas, the scope of business to help you pursue other disciplines and the global footprint to explore opportunities around the world.

9. Give Back. Our Giving Back at Life Program offers you year-round opportunities to help others in need and to support your local community.

10. Deliver on a Promise. The promise of science. The promise of the future. The promise of change. We are always challenging the status quo, always finding better ways to make people healthier and safer, our communities better places to live, our environment cleaner and our products more purposeful.



Volunteering in our local communities has long been the cornerstone of our efforts to support and strengthen our communities. Even as we strengthen our strategic philanthropic efforts, employee dedication to giving back year-round as a global team continues to be one of the company’s proudest citizenship achievements. 

In 2012, we were selected as one of the top 50 community-minded companies in the United States by the National Conference on Citizenship and Points of Light. Companies selected not only engage and work to benefit their communities; they make community engagement an integral part of their corporate culture and recognize that community involvement can have a bottom-line impact.

Global Volunteer Day

Global Volunteer Day is a day when all employees and their families come together to volunteer for a full day of service to their local non-profit partners. Learn more >

Community Service Projects

Employees regularly volunteer in activities varying from sorting food and painting non-profit offices to building bikes for underprivileged kids. For information on bringing employees to your non-profit for a group service project, please email us here.

Sharing Our Talents

A cooperative venture between Giving Back at Life and The Life Technologies™ Foundation, InnovatioNation is designed to bring the innovative, hands-on science of Life Technologies into the classroom and inspire the next generation of scientists. The program includes multiple components developed to create excitement about a career in life science, including: 

  • A tour of our facilty
  • An opportunity to meet Life Technologies employees and have a career discussion
  • The chance to do a cutting-edge science experiment with a Life Technologies scientist in their classroom


Moving our supply chain forward

Delivering on our promise of continuous innovation relies on our commitment and dedication to excellence in how we plan, make, and deliver the highest quality products to our customers. From planning and logistics to quality and distribution, we are looking for dedicated, team-oriented professionals who want to make a difference.

Operations rotation program

We have designed this 2-year program to attract and build future supply chain leaders. Through four 6-month rotations, the program provides you the opportunity to build broad business knowledge in areas including Manufacturing, Supplier Quality, Supply Planning, Logistics, and Project Management. The specific rotations will be determined based on your interest and background, and the business needs. This program is a tremendous opportunity to work side by side with supply chain leaders at one of the most respected global biotechnology companies in the world.

Global reach

  • Over 50 distribution and manufacturing sites
  • Over 50,000 products
  • Over 3,000 operations employees
  • Award-winning manufacturing that meets applicable global regulatory requirements
  • Dedicated to continuous improvement and operational excellence 

We hire

  • Mechanical engineers
  • Electrical engineers
  • Industrial engineers
  • Civil engineers
  • Chemical engineers
  • Quality, business excellence, and Lean Six Sigma leaders
  • Supply chain and distribution
  • Manufacturing
  • Environmental Health & Safety


Our mission—enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer—drives our commitment to sustainability. At Thermo Fisher Scientific, sustainability is about smart decision making – it’s how we consider the economic, environmental, and social impacts of the business decisions we make. We are becoming an ever more sustainable company by transforming science, revolutionizing our value chain, and engaging stakeholders—our triple bottom line.

From the science and solutions we pioneer, to challenging our way of doing things every day, to the value we place on employees, we believe we have an obligation to help humanity thrive. Our progress is made possible by our sustainability team—all 50,000 Thermo Fisher Scientific employees who continuously strive to find a better way. Our common commitment is making us a smarter, more efficient, better company overall.

We partnered with CoolClimate Network (CCN) to expand carbon calculator data to include over fifty countries to help citizens around the globe better understand and manage their carbon impacts. This partnership also resulted in the development of Step Forward, a carbon calculator that helps employees, customers, and friends and families discover and lighten their carbon impact.

Recognized for sustainability excellence, we have been honored with inclusion on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations list, FTSE4Good Index, Bloomberg-Maplecroft Climate Innovation Index Leaders, among others.

Our employees drive our sustainability performance by challenging the status quo. “Business as usual” for us is about delivering continuous improvement and value to our triple bottom line.

Learn more at and by reading our recent sustainability report.

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    Great HR, but seems has little science background

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    great company to work for, but has tons of PHD, HR is super nice.


    has tons of PHD, no developing space for bachelor and master

Life Technologies Interviews

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    Program Manager Interview

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    I applied online – interviewed at Life Technologies in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    Responded to a job posting on LinkedIn. Within about a week I was contacted by a recruiter who wanted to schedule a preliminary phone screen. After speaking with the recruiter I was scheduled with a phone interview with the hiring manager. The phone interview went well and was then scheduled for an onsite interview with the hiring team consisting of four director level staff, the hiring manager's boss and then finally the hiring manager.

    The questions were a mix of situational and behavioral questions such as, "What would you do if a member of your project would not do what you assigned them to do? or "Tell me about the most difficult project that you had to manage?

    Interview scheduled had to get re-arranged because of a schedule conflict with one of the interviewers. During interview with that particular interviewer it was noticeable that she did not read my resume. She began by asking me to review my entire work history even jobs not relevant to the position for which I was interviewing (Let me state that I was interviewing for a program manager job to take new products from concept to production). She then asked me if I had ever done wet chemistry. I said yes in high school and as an undergraduate engineering student. So, she then asked me what type of pipettes I have used. Essentially, questions irrelevant to the job. Interviewer seemed to be filling time since she didn't have any background in project/program management.

    Aside from that interviewer the rest of the interviews went well and was led to believe that since I was given an onsite interview that I was one of the final candidates for the job. In fact, the hiring manager mentioned that they would be making a decision at the end of the week. However, I should have been a little suspicious when I noticed two days before the onsite interview that the job was re-posted online.

    The following week when I followed up with the HR recruiter I was told that because of the volume of responses they received they were moving forward with additional candidates. Company seems to be looking for the "pie in the sky" candidate.

    In summary, nice facilities, the hiring manager seemed good and the the company is one of the top companies in the industry, however, this whole processes was a waste of time and particularly a vacation day for the onsite interview.

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Life Technologies Awards & Accolades

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Best Plants Profile, IndustryWeek, 2011
50 Most Innovative Companies, Technology Review, 2012
World's 50 Most Innovative Companies (#1 biotech; #9 overall), Fast Company, 2012
Coolest Thing I Saw at CES-Ion Proton Genetic Sequencer, PC Magazine, 2012
Top Ten Innovations, The Scientist, 2010
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Additional Info

Headquarters Carlsbad, CA
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1902
Type Subsidiary or Business Segment
Industry Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
Revenue $1 to $2 billion (USD) per year

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO) is the world leader in serving science, with revenues of $17 billion and 50,000 employees in 50 countries. Our mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. We help our customers accelerate life sciences research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics and increase... More

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