Alere Reviews

Updated July 28, 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)

  • great work life balance, pay was great and management supportive (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • No room for growth within the company as an R (in 4 reviews)

  • Upper management claims to want to be proactive but never seems to get out of reactive mode (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Technical support

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Alere

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

    Pros

    Good people working with, ability to work from home. Very close team oriented workplace and coworkers are helpful

    Cons

    No opportunity to promote. So hard to get technical support specialist that you are pigeonheld and unable to go to different department. No rubric or scale to assess pay raises. No mointoring of calls. Raises and promotion or given based on popularity but no actual metrics since none are in place, but u will be told you are not meeting metrics. Constantly, buying companies and not paying attention to their products. Very little information known about new products

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to develop a way of assessig performance.


  2. Too many buyouts!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alere

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Competitive salaries. Good products that add value for the client.

    Cons

    Little to no transparency. Lots of company secrets that creates an environment of mistrust. This company has been bought and sold 4 times within the last 5 years. Too much! Lots of layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Make a plan and stick to it. Be honest.


  3. Regulatory contractor

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alere

    Pros

    The staff here is friendly and knowledgeable. Coworkers are easy to get along with. Seniors are ready to teach and advise as needed.

    Cons

    The department is small. If you are looking for growth within the department, it may take some time. But there is a lot to learn.


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  5. Not ideal for anyone who has career aspirations

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Gretna, LA
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Gretna, LA

    I worked at Alere (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    -Lab Manager was wonderful -Work was relatively easy -Christmas bonus -Turkey during Thanksgiving -Paid holidays

    Cons

    -Tedious work -Work on Saturday -Lazy coworkers -Work environment was unprofessional at times -All female lab area -Very little room for advancement -More a job than a career

    Advice to Management

    There is far too much gossiping and bickering among lab techs. It created a very unprofessional work environment.


  6. Ok place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alere

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

    Pros

    Great people, good collaboration. Nice environment.

    Cons

    Does things the way they've always done them.

    Advice to Management

    Think outside the box.


  7. Alere Review

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Chemistry Lab Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Chemistry Lab Manager in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Alere

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Growth and Advancement. New projects and products in the pipeline

    Cons

    Stressful working environment. Blaming culture when products did not go as planned Highly politic management style

    Advice to Management

    Changing the working culture to promote focus and honest discussions


  8. IT Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alere

    Pros

    Great Place to work. Loving it.

    Cons

    None I can think of


  9. Wasn't for me

    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist II in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist II in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Alere (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay was competitive. Environment was clean and productive.

    Cons

    Far to much paper work. Not enough room for growth. Co-worker nor management was kind or willing to help.


  10. Financial Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. Specimen Accessioner

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    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.



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