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Alere Reviews

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
147 Reviews
2.5
147 Reviews
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Alere Chairman, President, and CEO Ron Zwanziger
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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 6 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.  

    Very confused without any clear direction or rather too many directions at once

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - R&D in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - R&D in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Have a lot of autonomy. No one looking over my shoulder. Really good products.

    Cons

    Always waiting for a lay off. No R&D leadership which has resulted in no organic growth. Very little experience in R&D. Operations does not look past today. Ops is very reactive without any plan for even the near future like next month.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get into some detail and replace the less competent with management that know their subjects or have experience. Too many leading that don't know how to lead.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Never work here as a Temp

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

    I worked at Alere as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people that I worked with were phenomenal and kept me there as long as I was.

    Cons

    No sight of ever really being employed full time if starting as a temp.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give the people working their hardest for you some positive feedback rather than just pointing out what is wrong when they are overworked for 12 hours a day 3 days in a row.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Data Analyst

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alere

    Pros

    Decent Benefits, technology is stable

    Cons

    Lots of turnover. Unstable management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More internal training and structure

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Difficult work experience due to problematic management.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Nurse Case Manager
    Current Employee - Nurse Case Manager

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

    Pros

    I work from home which is great and people are friendly.

    Cons

    Severe micro management. Direct supervisor difficult to work with, constant criticism and very little positive feedback. Highly critical environment. Previous positions have been higher stress but less micromanagement. Regular fear of layoffs is highly stressful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust employees to do their jobs as they are professionals. Positive feedback is crucial to a satisfied employee. Be more transparent when layoffs are impending.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good start, some growth, bad end

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager, Support Services in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Manager, Support Services in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Good learning experience
    Good co-workers
    Good Pay
    Good middle management
    Descent Accrual of PTO
    Somewhat descent work-from-home opportunities

    Cons

    Seems to be an increasing "Need" to perform head-count reduction
    Lack of training opportunities
    Lack of career path enhancement
    Upper management claims to want to be proactive but never seems to get out of reactive mode
    As with most companies the problem is rarely with folks at the lower levels... they do their jobs and get things done, it seems to be that the problems stem from the top several tiers where most of the money is earned and people are rewarded even though the decisions they make are not benefitting the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start performing your RIFs from the top down. Leave the seasoned employees, who are doing their jobs, alone and promote from within.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible IT organization

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Alere full-time

    Pros

    Very few. Only one I can think of is the casual dress code. There are some good employees left (but very few).

    Cons

    As some others have noted the culture and organizational structure in IT is toxic and has been for many years. The heads of IT (CIO, eVP's, VP's, etc) are absolutely not qualified to be in their positions. They treat the employees like peons with loathing and disrespect. It is both the "old guard" that is the problem and the new people they have brought in (who are spending money all over the place while laying off the people that do the work).

    This is one of the least process / procedure driven IT organizations I've ever seen.

    Other reviews go more in depth about the level of disfunction but I will sum it up with "toxic".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You must first stop the bleeding before you can fix the problem.

    1) Realize the long term strategies (and people) that have put you in this situation.
    2) Realize that the new team you've brought in are just creating more chaos while burning money. I suspect they will get their bonuses and then leave you in a smoking hole.
    3) Step back, re-evaluate, start valuing your employees and changing the culture to reward accomplishments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good intentions, Poor execution

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

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

    Pros

    Good ideas and talented people. Can do attitude.

    Cons

    Below average pay and benefit. More and more political. Poorly integrated. Unproven strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    More layoffs than you can shake a stick at.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Alere full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lax dress code - jeans environment
    Work from home
    Wellness programs

    Cons

    Terrible organizational culture
    Quarterly stealth layoffs
    Overworked and under appreciated
    Terrible management
    Very top - heavy organization
    Brain drain - lots of great people are leaving
    Ever - reducing health benefits; high premiums
    High corporate management turnover
    Activist investors
    Decreasing health improvement client base - constant fear of being sold due to loss of contracts
    Micromanaging at its finest
    2 percent salary increases
    No 401(k) match
    No job security - constantly in fear of being laid off
    Poor communication from management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have lost and will continue to lose great people. The environment that you create is caustic and oppressive. You have great people that you do not cultivate. For many, the only way to move up is to move out. It's endemic in this organization.

    I am fearful of Alere's prospects, especially on the health management side. Your customer service operation is a joke and you will continue to lose clients if your practice is to hire low - wage contractors to interact with your clients' members. They are not properly trained and it shows.

    The direction of Alere seems rudderless. The CEO and COO are all over the place and the deception and obfuscation about the state of the company is apparent and the town halls do nothing to mask how poorly the company is doing. In fact, they make it more apparent.

    It goes without saying that Alere is not a meritocracy. The capable get shafted and the cunning are rewarded - this is probably not unique to Alere, but should be noted.

    I worked for Alere a little over three years - saw about 3 or 4 division presidents and 3 division CEOs. Get what I'm saying? There is no job stability, career growth and the stealth layoffs are completely demoralizing. To boot, there are no announcements - one moment the person you regularly work with will just stop replying to business emails, it's only when you look in the directory or call them that you realize they are gone. Alere has a culture which finds this completely acceptable. A contributing factor to why the company is in decline.

    This is a dying company. I predict whole divisions will be sold or phased out. If you can help it start your career with a competitor - Humana, United Healthcare, Healthways, etc. Not only are the starting salaries generally below market value, you only get pay increases of 2 percent. This is standard across the board no matter your marks and there us NO 401(k) match. Just look elsewhere.

  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    average

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chemist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Chemist in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    The coffee cart is one of the only perks!

    Cons

    Benefits are reduced yearly, there is no office culture and no room for personal growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Poor and inconsistent communication

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Staff Accountant with 0-1 years of Experience

    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly work environment. No Dress Code. Hands on Training. Education Reimbursement. Higher starting salary than average salary in the area. Excellent growth potential. Superiors really care about subordinates.

    Cons

    The company has acquired hundreds of smaller companies within the last few years so a lot of people through out the business partners still operate like a small business. They are resistant to change. They prefer to operate like a separate business unit with their way of doing things instead of working as one company with other business partners. Health benefits are not very competitive.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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