Alere Reviews in Atlanta, GA

Updated September 21, 2014
Updated September 21, 2014
141 Reviews
2.6
141 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work from home so you don't have to face the people making your work life horrible (in 16 reviews)

  • The company is also very flexible about working from home, which adds greatly to achieving a work/life balance (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management claims to want to be proactive but never seems to get out of reactive mode (in 6 reviews)

  • Awful health benefits, basically emergency coverage even for the more expensive plans (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good start, some growth, bad end

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager, Support Services in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Manager, Support Services in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Alere full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good learning experience
    Good co-workers
    Good Pay
    Good middle management
    Descent Accrual of PTO
    Somewhat descent work-from-home opportunities

    Cons

    Seems to be an increasing "Need" to perform head-count reduction
    Lack of training opportunities
    Lack of career path enhancement
    Upper management claims to want to be proactive but never seems to get out of reactive mode
    As with most companies the problem is rarely with folks at the lower levels... they do their jobs and get things done, it seems to be that the problems stem from the top several tiers where most of the money is earned and people are rewarded even though the decisions they make are not benefitting the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start performing your RIFs from the top down. Leave the seasoned employees, who are doing their jobs, alone and promote from within.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Intentions. Could Do A Lot Better In Executing Business Strategy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Alere full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Best intentions of delivering high quality of continuum of care for patients

    Cons

    Lack of a corporate growth strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take risks and invest in innovation. Provide a more defined and well communicated business strategy and stick with it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible IT organization

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Alere full-time

    Pros

    Very few. Only one I can think of is the casual dress code. There are some good employees left (but very few).

    Cons

    As some others have noted the culture and organizational structure in IT is toxic and has been for many years. The heads of IT (CIO, eVP's, VP's, etc) are absolutely not qualified to be in their positions. They treat the employees like peons with loathing and disrespect. It is both the "old guard" that is the problem and the new people they have brought in (who are spending money all over the place while laying off the people that do the work).

    This is one of the least process / procedure driven IT organizations I've ever seen.

    Other reviews go more in depth about the level of disfunction but I will sum it up with "toxic".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You must first stop the bleeding before you can fix the problem.

    1) Realize the long term strategies (and people) that have put you in this situation.
    2) Realize that the new team you've brought in are just creating more chaos while burning money. I suspect they will get their bonuses and then leave you in a smoking hole.
    3) Step back, re-evaluate, start valuing your employees and changing the culture to reward accomplishments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    More layoffs than you can shake a stick at.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Lax dress code - jeans environment
    Work from home
    Wellness programs

    Cons

    Terrible organizational culture
    Quarterly stealth layoffs
    Overworked and under appreciated
    Terrible management
    Very top - heavy organization
    Brain drain - lots of great people are leaving
    Ever - reducing health benefits; high premiums
    High corporate management turnover
    Activist investors
    Decreasing health improvement client base - constant fear of being sold due to loss of contracts
    Micromanaging at its finest
    2 percent salary increases
    No 401(k) match
    No job security - constantly in fear of being laid off
    Poor communication from management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have lost and will continue to lose great people. The environment that you create is caustic and oppressive. You have great people that you do not cultivate. For many, the only way to move up is to move out. It's endemic in this organization.

    I am fearful of Alere's prospects, especially on the health management side. Your customer service operation is a joke and you will continue to lose clients if your practice is to hire low - wage contractors to interact with your clients' members. They are not properly trained and it shows.

    The direction of Alere seems rudderless. The CEO and COO are all over the place and the deception and obfuscation about the state of the company is apparent and the town halls do nothing to mask how poorly the company is doing. In fact, they make it more apparent.

    It goes without saying that Alere is not a meritocracy. The capable get shafted and the cunning are rewarded - this is probably not unique to Alere, but should be noted.

    I worked for Alere a little over three years - saw about 3 or 4 division presidents and 3 division CEOs. Get what I'm saying? There is no job stability, career growth and the stealth layoffs are completely demoralizing. To boot, there are no announcements - one moment the person you regularly work with will just stop replying to business emails, it's only when you look in the directory or call them that you realize they are gone. Alere has a culture which finds this completely acceptable. A contributing factor to why the company is in decline.

    This is a dying company. I predict whole divisions will be sold or phased out. If you can help it start your career with a competitor - Humana, United Healthcare, Healthways, etc. Not only are the starting salaries generally below market value, you only get pay increases of 2 percent. This is standard across the board no matter your marks and there us NO 401(k) match. Just look elsewhere.

  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    If you want to be treated terribly, this is the place to work!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Alere full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working remotely - use that time to look for another job!!!!

    Cons

    Pay is way below market value
    Managers and VPs are horrible - treat everyone like dirt
    Managers will take credit for your work then blast you for the most mundane things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the multiple layers of VPs - too top heavy
    Compensate employees at market value - and a 2% raise is not motivation to stick around
    Coach managers and VPs on how to treat others

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Be happy you have a job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - RN Case Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - RN Case Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Alere full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work from home, good co workers

    Cons

    Supervisors lack training, they always tell you the same tag lines, salaries are below norm and raise are 2% a year. All of the lay offs in this company make people scared. Look for another job, they are out there. Just because alere makes you believe you can do no better it is not true. I left and found a job as a case manager and am making a 6 figure salary. It's true. There are companies that pay you incentives to work. I went up 40,000 a year. Just open your eyes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make people managers from within. Stop making yourself top heavy again. You will topple. ,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Alere has committed staff-- invest in products that put them out in front of competitors

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Alere full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Committed and passionate staff that are truly interested in improving the health and well-being of the participants and clients that are served.

    Cons

    Poor forward looking vision. Minimal innovation and severe resource shortages that perpetuate the problem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest for the future. Find true thought leaders in the industry and lead the industry in innovation rather than following long after others launch and have outcomes for innovative products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Screwed up priorities, ineffective management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    There were some great people to work with. Willing to spend money on technology. Some upper management had the right priorities.

    Cons

    Most upper management had no idea how to get IT work done in an enterprise management. Extremely poor decision making regarding priorities and technologies. Management was more concerned with protecting themselves than doing the right thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on doing the right thing rather than hiring your buddies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    My experience at Alere has been limited but pretty laid back.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - QA Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Alere full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The pay is average. The culture is pretty laid back.

    Cons

    Benefits aren't that good. Don't encourage growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Amazed at how Alere is managed..

    Current Employee - Care Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Care Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Alere full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good job helping people get better.

    Cons

    Management is top heavy and is not in true with what happens with middle managers or just does not care. I have noticed since Alere bought his company employees are the last priority. There is no rthym or reason to the decisions managers or supervisors make. There is NO- I mean zero chance to advance in this company. It is only by who you know and who likes you. Promotions are not done by qualifications- and yes I have advanced degrees. It is all about work productivity and micromanaging. Nurses have no say and get looked over when when are the worker ants for Alere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's about time you take some time to "care for your own". Unhappy employees equals unhappy customers and clients. Look at why you are losing money, with all the cuts you have done you are still in the red, maybe it is an internal problem. Stop hiring people for management positions from the outside and promote from within. It saves you money and the person already knows the programs- good and bad.

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