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Alere Reviews

Updated March 5, 2015
Updated March 5, 2015
173 Reviews
2.4
173 Reviews
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Alere Chairman, President, and CEO Ron Zwanziger
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Review Highlights

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 7 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.  

    Improved focus, little support for R&D and technical development

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

    I have been working at Alere full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company has improved the focus of its operation since Namal Nawana took over. Improvements include focus on quality product delivery, focused (but still under resourced) R&D projects, and focused company vision.

    Cons

    R&D is under resourced to maintain competitive advantages. Opportunities for employee growth is stagnant. There is little support for technical development, which is shame for a technology company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    R&D is under resourced to support new product development. Without growth opportunities, few are incentivized to stay. Hopefully things will improve as existing product improvements take place.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    two temps in office and very competetive with the senior personnel.

    Current Contractor - Assistant to Calibration Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Current Contractor - Assistant to Calibration Coordinator in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Alere as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Balance ok. Cafeteria wonderful. Campus nice.

    Cons

    I was there when there was alot of angst about upcoming FDA audit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loosen up.

  3.  

    R&D

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alere

    Pros

    Complete product development experience, from feasibility, analytical studies, clinical studies, to product transfer.

    Cons

    Great company to work for with a lot of personal growth.

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  5.  

    A Company in Transition

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

    I have been working at Alere

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to try and make a difference in this company. There is a lot to do, especially from a non-commercial point of view. Attire is casual, and colleagues are friendly.

    Cons

    Company is still transitioning toward unifying and standardizing many processes. A result of numerous acquisitions in the last decade. Corporate office is relatively small and is still developing a sense of culture and esprit de corps.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on pushing OneAlere. Good job leading through the transition period after the former CEO left, but there is more work to do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Nice place

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alere

    Pros

    It is a nice place to work .

    Cons

    They are changing the brandes names which confuesed sometimes the customers

  7.  

    Good experience, but only a stepping stone...

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

    I have been working at Alere

    Pros

    Very good hours, great benefits package, tuition reimbursement, 401K, free gym membership.

    Cons

    Not a whole lot of team spirit. It's definitely you do your job and I'll do mine. No activities to get staff motivated. Alot of recent lay offs due to new management. Much uncertainty of ones future with this company. A lot of people where very unexpectedly laid off and walked out of the building with their belongings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staff needs to feel appreciated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Company in turmoil

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

    I worked at Alere full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Compensation has been above average.

    Cons

    Alere (formerly Inverness Medical) has always been a company to hire and fire with the ups and downs of each quarter's financials but since a group of "activist investors" have gained control of the Board of Directors many divisions of the company are being eliminated or spun-off and those remaining in the "core business" are having the long-term R&D programs terminated. What's the long term vision? My guess is to boost the stock price and sell what's left of the company for a profit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so reactive to crises and become more proactive to stop these things from ever happening in the first place. Clearly articulate the top 3 or 5 things that have to be done to stay in business in the next 5 years and then jettison all of the other distractions and pet projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Lots of autonomy, not enough apreciation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - High Risk Obstetric Nurse in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - High Risk Obstetric Nurse in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Alere

    Pros

    Freedom to use my skills fully and to focus on 1:1 patient time at their homes.

    Cons

    Pay completely not commensurate with experience, tends to be a top heavy company with a strong corporate culture that doesn't reward people for doing well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees well, and listen to them. Patient care suffers when you strip providers of power and under pay them and fail to acknowledge them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Relieved that I left.

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

    I worked at Alere

    Pros

    Great ideas and good people.

    Cons

    Very poor execution of ideas. Everything rushed and disjointed. Too many goals with too few people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work smarter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    lots of change

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

    I have been working at Alere

    Pros

    helping people live healthier lives

    Cons

    limited room for advancement, repetitive work environment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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