Alere Reviews

Updated October 10, 2014
Updated October 10, 2014
141 Reviews
2.6
141 Reviews
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Alere Chairman, President, and CEO Ron Zwanziger
Ron Zwanziger
52 Ratings

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 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.  

    Great company

    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, friendly, well paid

    Cons

    slow in decision making, no raises

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Until certain management changes, don't consider

    • 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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Dedicated employees, good sense of service, decent benefits

    Cons

    extremely poor management, rampant turnover, higher leadership incompetent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reorganize Toxicology, revamp the current mentalities, focus on training, rewards for service and dedication, install competent HR

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Gained experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Interface Deployment Specialist in Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Interface Deployment Specialist in Charlottesville, VA

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

    Pros

    I switched job fields and the hiring manager took a chance on me. Alere is a great place to learn but too unstable to consider for a long term career. I'm convinced I'd like to stay in the healthcare IT industry. I've worked with many fantastic people - both co-workers and customers.

    Cons

    Workload is heavy, training is lacking, turnover is high among all levels of employees. I've had 4 bosses in less than 2 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show more respect and appreciation to the workers. The frequent scolding don't inspire greatness in the workers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Manager in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    None really the place is full of scum bags

    Cons

    Worst company ever. Don't work here!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue and be professional

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 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
  7.  

    Change is a prerequisite

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

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

    Pros

    Compensation, Benefits, Challenges, Empowerment, making a difference

    Cons

    Change and uncertainty, but only if you can't handle it (change is good, we are told)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clear company direction, One Alere is a good start but a long way to go, 2 priorities are Shareholders and Customer / Patient.......but who makes this happen? your employees of course.
    HR and Engineering has been imported through nepotism in San Diego, jobs for the boys, but how can this be justified? can green cards be bought??

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company but zero room for growth with in department

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Specialist in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Average salary.

    Cons

    Early/late hours for 24/7 customer support. High employee turn over. No existant managment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know the strengths of your empolyees. You should work for them not the other way around

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Alere is a results driven company but for the most part a good place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quit Coach in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Quit Coach in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Alere full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Money and incentive is better than most companies in the same field. Flexibility in schedule is nice.

    Cons

    Not really any room for growth. No ability to self-manage, constantly being monitored.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees to get the work done, allow for more opportunities for growth.

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

    Best job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alere

    Pros

    Great company to work for and great environment.

    Cons

    No cons nothing negative to say.

  11.  

    People I worked with are great, no career path

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

    I worked at Alere

    Pros

    The people you work with

    Cons

    Management, If there is a loss for the quarter, they will do 1 to 1 layoffs to match, NOT STABLE

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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