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Alere Reviews

Updated November 16, 2014
Updated November 16, 2014
146 Reviews
2.5
146 Reviews
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Alere Chairman, President, and CEO Ron Zwanziger
Ron Zwanziger
55 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nice vision, horrible execution

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It's the modern American Riches-to-Rags fairy tale. Have a grand dream, acquire dozens of healthy companies and their good products. Cut costs to satisfy your greedy investors by cheapening your operations and sending the assembly to China and services to your Ireland-based tax shelter. Naturally this incites recalls of your biggest anchor products, which can only be overcome by killing off the acquisitions, laying off the bright and hard-working people that once made them great, and further cheapening your operating expenses to useless levels all so the higher ups get their golden parachutes and investors get their boats. Meanwhile, the futures of perfectly good diagnostic technology is trapped by patents, and patient health suffers.

    Hoorah, capitalism.

    Cons

    Many employees work from home, which is a nice perk in today's otherwise high-traffic, low family time society.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Turn back the clock two years, tell Ron to smoke some weed and lay off the acquisitions frenzy until his own house is in order. And learn from the hundreds of other corporate disasters before you, that have proven cheapening your product results in neither steady gains nor good customer relationships.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    You cannot grow in a stagnant company.

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

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

    Pros

    -friendly environment/culture
    -excellent time off policy - company shut down during winter holiday

    Cons

    -poor mid-level management
    -no room for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Stop treating your employees like pre-schoolers.

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

    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

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  5.  

    Poor

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

    I worked at Alere

    Pros

    There used to be few...but have since been taken away.

    Cons

    Poor pay....especially if you're a woman and your coworkers are men....you will definitely be paid less even though you do more than any of them!! Holidays are a joke....sure we get some off but we have to make the time up later in the week...so what's the point in having them off. High deductible on insurance....the pay doesn't allow ability to save if medical attention is necessary....don't get sick!! Mismanagement and poor scheduling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company went downhill after Alere took over....too bad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    there are no respecting the jobs for the employee who is ben doing the work properly and they just hire asian people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Machine Tech I in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Machine Tech I in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    there are no reason to work here at all, there are no benefits for the employees even you work like every body else.

    Cons

    that is another problem not to work here because there are no challenging, all the promotion are got for friends and family of mangers and supervisors.which are making more that an operator with no experience at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    there are no advice at all if the management don't want to see more that there nose

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    From the frying pan into the fire!

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

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

    Pros

    My co-workers mad it possible to stay & work in this corporation

    Cons

    The supervisors & above are more interested in paying shareholders than really providing care to their clients. Recently sold to Optum, owned by United Healthcare-who 2 years ago fired 80,000 physician across the country without regard to the effect on their clients. they did this to get out of the Medicare business because they felt they were not making enough money. Just one example: they told an 87 year-old woman she would have to travel from south Broward County to Boca Raton for a new Primary Care Physician (PCP). Of course, she had no way of doing that, either financially or transportation-wise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop looking at your employees & clients as WIDGITS and treat them as people. Put your bean-counters back in their place-in charge of finances, not quality health care. The registered nurses & health coaches are your porduct-show RESPECT! & APPRECIATION!

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. 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
  9.  

    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
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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
  11. 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

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