Alere

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Alere Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
151 Reviews
2.5
151 Reviews
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Alere Chairman, President, and CEO Ron Zwanziger
Ron Zwanziger
57 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 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.  

    A shrinking pie

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alere full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great colleagues. wide range of products.

    Cons

    resources are spread very thin, despite fewer projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    enough with high priced consultants. if you lead, you should know how to run the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great corporate environment, nice coworkers, but limited advancement.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Alere

    Pros

    Great environment - good coworkers.

    Cons

    Limited advancement - the department I was really interested in never had an employee leave, so they never needed to hire anybody else!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within, provide training and classes, really strive to help your employees succeed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A good company to join

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inspection in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Inspection in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Challenging, friendly coworkers. Team work was very effective and productive.

    Cons

    Training was uncleared, lack of agreement between workers for some parts of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tasks need to be assigned thoroughly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Never Work Here...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Chemist
    Current Employee - Production Chemist

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

    Pros

    Great Co-Workers
    Gym open to contract employees
    Hire with no expirience

    Cons

    Bad upper management
    Bad pay
    No work-life balance
    Layoff every year
    No Job Security

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people the feeling of importance and don't treat them like slaves

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Poor leadership, lack of vision, and many competing priorities but the company still has some positive things to offer.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Alere full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great People!
    Great work-life balance
    Good products
    Long term outlook is increasingly positive

    Cons

    Poor leadership
    Lack of communication
    Constant re-structuring and layoffs
    Poor employee value and awareness
    Low compensation and removal of many 'fringe benefits'
    Many competing and confusing projects with ineffective management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Nice vision, horrible execution

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    • 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
  8.  

    Great company

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    • 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

  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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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    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
  11.  

    From the frying pan into the fire!

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    • 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

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