Alere Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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  1. Enjoyed working at Alere, but company has gone downhill

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

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


  2. Best Company that I have worked for.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


  3. OK company to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Think about decisions before placing someone in a new roll


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    Alere

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People generally get along. In the fight together

    Cons

    Cant get out of their own way


  6. R&D

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Good experience, but only a stepping stone...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    Staff needs to feel appreciated.


  8. Poor benefits, bad management and no promotion or learning opportunities

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accountant in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Accountant in Lexington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Alere full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Unfortunately, there aren't any pros working for this company.

    Cons

    For a medical device company, they sure have really expensive and lousy health insurance. However, because the company has earned a bad reputation amongst recruiters, you'll most likely get a high salary. Managers play a lot of games trying to convince you there are opportunities and you might be eligible for a promotion if you've put in enough time. "Might" being the operative word. Even after being promoted, there's no major growth in responsibilities, so why stay? Managers are more like glorified analysts - no actual leadership or managerial skills. Only apply if desperate for a job.


  9. Helpful (1)

    A Company in Transition

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to try and make a difference in this company. There is a lot to do, especially from a non-commercial point of view. Attire is casual, and colleagues are friendly.

    Cons

    Company is still transitioning toward unifying and standardizing many processes. A result of numerous acquisitions in the last decade. Corporate office is relatively small and is still developing a sense of culture and esprit de corps.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on pushing OneAlere. Good job leading through the transition period after the former CEO left, but there is more work to do.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Company in turmoil

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Compensation has been above average.

    Cons

    Alere (formerly Inverness Medical) has always been a company to hire and fire with the ups and downs of each quarter's financials but since a group of "activist investors" have gained control of the Board of Directors many divisions of the company are being eliminated or spun-off and those remaining in the "core business" are having the long-term R&D programs terminated. What's the long term vision? My guess is to boost the stock price and sell what's left of the company for a profit.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so reactive to crises and become more proactive to stop these things from ever happening in the first place. Clearly articulate the top 3 or 5 things that have to be done to stay in business in the next 5 years and then jettison all of the other distractions and pet projects.


  11. After an Alere buyout, layoffs are the only thing you can depend on

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlottesville, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlottesville, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Alere full-time

    Pros

    The people at the ground level are passionate and believe in what they do. They work together to overcome the incompetence of upper management. After neglecting to listen to employees and trying to push a faulty product on customers, they eventually reverted at the cost of several high profile clients.

    Cons

    This company clearly has never owned a software company before, and does not know hoe it works. Upper Management. Company does not listen to it's employees or it's customers. Company loves to hire outside for management and give no clear path for promotion, except for a select few people. Those who only know the word yes, and cannot think for themselves. Employees are underpaid and over worked, and terminated for refusing to work more than 40 hours.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, they know more then any of your so called management.



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