Alere Reviews

Updated March 24, 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)

  • 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. I loved working at this company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alere

    Pros

    They listened to new ideas and suggestions

    Cons

    The pay was on the lower side

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more competitive with salary

  2. Not bad

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Analyst
    Current Employee - Data Analyst

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

    Pros

    Work from home option
    Good quality work

    Cons

    Management was very strong in terms of relationships with employees

  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Improved focus, little support for R&D and technical development

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    The company has improved the focus of its operation since Namal Nawana took over. Improvements include focus on quality product delivery, focused (but still under resourced) R&D projects, and focused company vision.

    Cons

    R&D is under resourced to maintain competitive advantages. Opportunities for employee growth is stagnant. There is little support for technical development, which is shame for a technology company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    R&D is under resourced to support new product development. Without growth opportunities, few are incentivized to stay. Hopefully things will improve as existing product improvements take place.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Enjoyed working at Alere, but company has gone downhill

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Some of the colleagues have been great to work with, and i respect my direct management. Flexibility with scheduling and remote work.

    Cons

    Senior leadership and years of bad decisions have made this a disaster of a company. High turnover in the past couple of years reflect this decline.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the opinions and feedback of those who are working in field to understand the challenges of the environment, rather than dictating.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. Best Company that I have worked for.

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

    I worked at Alere

    Pros

    Free gym. Good cafeteria. Two weeks vacation at the end of the year; 6 sick days a year. Two weeks PTO. (note just don't abuse these privileges)
    Great people. Great leaders. A lot of freedom to move around and the company will promote people as long as they have the right skills and values. importantly, stable job (a place that you could make a career out of it).

    Cons

    There are so many pros that the cons doesn't even exist

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. OK company to work

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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

    Pros

    Good management. Time off , free lunches, communication, support, coworkers ,pto

    Cons

    Low pay , too many tasks , too much work piled on, no ot ,bad supervisor, pay not equal to job task ,not enough staff , no room for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about decisions before placing someone in a new roll

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    two temps in office and very competetive with the senior personnel.

    Current Contractor - Assistant to Calibration Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Current Contractor - Assistant to Calibration Coordinator in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Balance ok. Cafeteria wonderful. Campus nice.

    Cons

    I was there when there was alot of angst about upcoming FDA audit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loosen up.

  9. Alere

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alere

    Pros

    People generally get along. In the fight together

    Cons

    Cant get out of their own way

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. R&D

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alere

    Pros

    Complete product development experience, from feasibility, analytical studies, clinical studies, to product transfer.

    Cons

    Great company to work for with a lot of personal growth.

  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Good experience, but only a stepping stone...

    • 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

    Pros

    Very good hours, great benefits package, tuition reimbursement, 401K, free gym membership.

    Cons

    Not a whole lot of team spirit. It's definitely you do your job and I'll do mine. No activities to get staff motivated. Alot of recent lay offs due to new management. Much uncertainty of ones future with this company. A lot of people where very unexpectedly laid off and walked out of the building with their belongings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staff needs to feel appreciated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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