Alere Reviews

Updated April 10, 2015
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Alere Chairman, President, and CEO Ron Zwanziger
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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 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. Financial Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Princeton, NJ

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Flexible hours (great work/life balance)
    -Decent compensation
    -Good Benefits (medical, vision, dental, 401k match, ESPP)

    Cons

    -Lack of Individual Growth Strategy
    -Lots of employee turnover through company restructures

    Advice to Management

    Better communication with lower level employees about the vision and strategy of the company. More focus on individual growth and career progression.

  2. Specimen Accessioner

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alere full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You gain valuable laboratory experience to help you in the future.
    Enjoyed my coworkers
    Good work schedule and plenty of overtime

    Cons

    The pay is not that great
    Workload can be very heavy at times
    Most of the time you work past your scheduled shift
    Not much opportunity to grow.
    You never really know what's going on within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs better communication skills.
    They need to value their employees more for the work they do and be more involved.

  3. Business Analyst

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

    I have been working at Alere as a contractor

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

    Pros

    Nice people you get to work with, except few people who aren't very nice. (There will always be 1-3 enemies at your workplace, and this one is no exception).
    Great work&life balance (Always 9am-5pm).
    Option to work from home if you are a permanent employee.
    Laid back culture.

    Cons

    Limited growth
    The company name is not recognized by many, and could be a negative factor when applying for a different job.
    Horrible/weird communications system within the company itself.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing much.

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  5. I loved working at this company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alere

    Pros

    They listened to new ideas and suggestions

    Cons

    The pay was on the lower side

    Advice to Management

    Be more competitive with salary

  6. Not bad

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

    I have been working at Alere full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work from home option
    Good quality work

    Cons

    Management was very strong in terms of relationships with employees

  7. Enjoyed working at Alere, but company has gone downhill

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Some of the colleagues have been great to work with, and i respect my direct management. Flexibility with scheduling and remote work.

    Cons

    Senior leadership and years of bad decisions have made this a disaster of a company. High turnover in the past couple of years reflect this decline.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the opinions and feedback of those who are working in field to understand the challenges of the environment, rather than dictating.

  8. Helpful (1)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  9. Best Company that I have worked for.

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

    I worked at Alere

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Free gym. Good cafeteria. Two weeks vacation at the end of the year; 6 sick days a year. Two weeks PTO. (note just don't abuse these privileges)
    Great people. Great leaders. A lot of freedom to move around and the company will promote people as long as they have the right skills and values. importantly, stable job (a place that you could make a career out of it).

    Cons

    There are so many pros that the cons doesn't even exist

  10. OK company to work

    • 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good management. Time off , free lunches, communication, support, coworkers ,pto

    Cons

    Low pay , too many tasks , too much work piled on, no ot ,bad supervisor, pay not equal to job task ,not enough staff , no room for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Think about decisions before placing someone in a new roll

  11. Helpful (1)

    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 Management

    Loosen up.

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