Alere
2.4 of 5 118 reviews
www.alere.com Waltham, MA 5000+ Employees

Alere Reviews

Updated Jul 10, 2014
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2.4 118 reviews

                             

34% Approve of the CEO

Alere Chairman, President, and CEO Ron Zwanziger

Ron Zwanziger

(47 ratings)

27% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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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 5 reviews
Cons:
  • "Awful health benefits, basically emergency coverage even for the more expensive plans"
    in 5 reviews
  • "Most upper management had no idea how to get IT work done in an enterprise management"
    in 5 reviews
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    Very confused without any clear direction or rather too many directions at once

    R&D (Current Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsHave a lot of autonomy. No one looking over my shoulder. Really good products.

    ConsAlways waiting for a lay off. No R&D leadership which has resulted in no organic growth. Very little experience in R&D. Operations does not look past today. Ops is very reactive without any plan for even the near future like next month.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet into some detail and replace the less competent with management that know their subjects or have experience. Too many leading that don't know how to lead.

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

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    Good start, some growth, bad end

    Manager, Support Services (Current Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

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

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

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

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsDecent Benefits, technology is stable

    ConsLots of turnover. Unstable management

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore internal training and structure

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    Good intentions, Poor execution

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Waltham, MA

    ProsGood ideas and talented people. Can do attitude.

    ConsBelow average pay and benefit. More and more political. Poorly integrated. Unproven strategy.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    average

    Chemist (Current Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsThe coffee cart is one of the only perks!

    ConsBenefits are reduced yearly, there is no office culture and no room for personal growth.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPoor and inconsistent communication

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

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    Terrible IT organization

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

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

    ConsAs 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 Senior ManagementYou 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.

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

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFriendly work environment. No Dress Code. Hands on Training. Education Reimbursement. Higher starting salary than average salary in the area. Excellent growth potential. Superiors really care about subordinates.

    ConsThe company has acquired hundreds of smaller companies within the last few years so a lot of people through out the business partners still operate like a small business. They are resistant to change. They prefer to operate like a separate business unit with their way of doing things instead of working as one company with other business partners. Health benefits are not very competitive.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    More layoffs than you can shake a stick at.

    (Former Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsLax dress code - jeans environment
    Work from home
    Wellness programs

    ConsTerrible 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 Senior ManagementYou 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.

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    Good Foot in the Door Job

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe company is always trying to create a better environment for their workers. The leads and supervisors are very nice, and always try to listen to your concerns. I have grown considerably by being proactive within the department and the opportunities given to be my supervisor.

    ConsThe company itself is going through its phases with their temps. There has been numerous of layoffs that have caused the dissatisfaction among the employees. The opportunities for promotions are limited. Pay is not competitive at all.

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    Had great vision and great people, but lost them both

    Senior Engineer (Former Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsWas pretty good as Biosite, but no good reason to work there since Alere acquisition.

    ConsAlere may be ok as an employer of call center nurses, or production people. But they don't understand biotech or med devices. All the good R&D talent left, and without R&D this place only has another few years of life while they run out all the old product. Foreign HR people came from low tech production plant overseas and don't know how to get/retain scientific or tech people in a competitive region. No future here, pass and go work for SD companies who do genes or drugs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo point giving advice to management who doesn't listen.

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

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