Alere Reviews

Updated April 10, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Relieved that I left.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Alere

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great ideas and good people.

    Cons

    Very poor execution of ideas. Everything rushed and disjointed. Too many goals with too few people.

    Advice to Management

    Work smarter.

  2. lots of change

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

    I have been working at Alere

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    helping people live healthier lives

    Cons

    limited room for advancement, repetitive work environment

  3. Helpful (1)

    Did not enjoy my time there

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of good people working there, interesting technology but getting a bit dated to very dated. Good compensation / benefits. Laid back culture.

    Cons

    Compliance challenges (seems to be lots of issues with basic GMP compliance; always in a rush to get compliance tasks done but seldom concerned about taking the time to get things right the first time; unrealistic timelines with same core of knowledgeable people assigned to projects; management by chaos. Employment instability (frequent lay offs, always waiting for the ax to fall). Too much dependence on temp workers that are not invested in company/quality. No bonuses or stock options (at least at the middle management level and below). Many stressed out people.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in real project management. Don't cut corners on / rush through compliance issues.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Rambling wreck of an organization.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management
    Former Employee - Management

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Casual work environment. A broad menu of rapid diagnostic tests. Global company with impressive growth curve since being founded in 1991.

    They were just able to unload their health management division for $600M; thus, they just may be able to return to their core competencies.

    Cons

    Douche-bag, back-stabbing culture of corporate misfits. The company acquisition strategy has compiled a lot of dead wood and lots of bad debt. Terrible communication across the company as many divisions still operate on separate platforms. Poor morale...

    Advice to Management

    The Peter Principle

  6. okay

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alere

    Pros

    Lots of events for employees

    Cons

    Management is horrible at communicating

    Advice to Management

    better communication skils

  7. World Wide Company

    • 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 full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, professional atmosphere, nice building.

    Cons

    A lot of recent layoffs due to internal restructuring of company.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Out of Control

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Director in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at Alere

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people willing to do everything they can to be successful

    Cons

    Terrible leadership, No accountability, Poor Product Quality, No Focus on Customer

  9. This is a great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alere

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Alere is led by high value leaders who care about the people that work there.

    Cons

    I cant think of any cons.

  10. Ba role

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

    I worked at Alere

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Learn lots in a fast paced environment with good teams

    Cons

    Beat down the managers who cared, too many ceo changes

  11. Alere Connect is out of business.

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very Easy interview, and the work given was below my skill level.

    Cons

    The manger micro-manage my design and often made very negative changes.

    Advice to Management

    If you higher someone to do a job, you should let them do it!

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