Alere Reviews

Updated August 18, 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. Review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The salary is above expectations

    Cons

    Not near enough products to compete in the market.

    Advice to Management

    Match the competition


  2. Executive

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in Attleboro, MA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Attleboro, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alere (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    vitality of various Acquisitions and overall unification of long term strategy

    Advice to Management

    keep checks and balances to assure short and long term goals


  3. Good company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alere full-time

    Pros

    Nice work environment, leader in their field

    Cons

    Upper management is going through lots of changes

    Advice to Management

    Continue to run the company and settle staffing decisions


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  5. Technical support

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    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.


  6. Alere

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alere (More than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits are OK, would expect more from a healthcare company. Flexible schedules Good PTO allowance Pay for Lynda subscriptions Divisions around the world

    Cons

    closing of divisions (many) lack of communication between upper management and employees- never know what is going on CEO/ and founder left company

    Advice to Management

    conglomerate- right hand doesn't know what left is doing. Encourage more opportunities for growth for employees, focus on career paths, not just job placement.


  7. Retirement plan admim

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Retirement Plans Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Retirement Plans Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Alere (More than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive salary, great benefits which are cost effective

    Cons

    Racist remarks by upper management, favoritism by having employee who are your friend and are not qualified for their position

    Advice to Management

    One Alere model needs implementing on every level...no place for politcs in work place


  8. Too many buyouts!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  9. Regulatory contractor

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.


  10. Not ideal for anyone who has career aspirations

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Gretna, LA
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Gretna, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Alere (Less than a year)

    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.


  11. Ok place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.



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