Alere

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  1.  

    A good company to join

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

    I worked at Alere full-time (less than a 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    I worked there through contrant...thank goodness!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alere

    Pros

    None it is a unappreciative environment to work in; Full-time staff is VERY unhappy!!

    Cons

    Many lay offs and turn overs! Supervisors play favorites to employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get new management if you want staff to stay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Never Work Here...

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Production Chemist
    Current Contractor - Production Chemist

    I have been working at Alere as a contractor (less than a 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
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  5.  

    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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nice vision, horrible execution

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    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
  7.  

    Poor

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    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
  8.  

    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 Contractor - Machine Tech I in San Diego, CA
    Current Contractor - Machine Tech I in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Alere as a contractor (less than a 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
  9.  

    You cannot grow in a stagnant company.

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    • 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
  10.  

    Good entry level experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alere

    Pros

    Good experience if you are self motivated, co-workers, flexibility

    Cons

    Lack of training, communication, no recognition, Too many slackers, management favorites, unprofessionalism and HR.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give priority to loyal, hardworking employees and use them for knowledge to advance the company. Take time to communicate and give insentives to top employees who truly care about their work. Weed out people who are not team workers. Create an enviornment for growth and learning of your employees as they are key to your success.

  11.  

    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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