Alere Reviews

Updated August 18, 2015
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  1. Ba role

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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


  2. Alere Connect is out of business.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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!


  3. Helpful (1)

    Quality Assurance? Highly political scarcity culture that remains in constant crisis mode.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Gained good solid work experience. No micro-management. Great co-workers and flexible working environment. Casual dress code, good cafeteria, gym, and coffee cart on grounds.

    Cons

    Typical work cycle: Production event arises and the tail chasing begins! First no one is sure of who should take ownership. Once owners are identified the indecisive phase stays in place until it’s down to the wire. At the last minute a Band-Aid solution to the rescue then it’s on to the next event. Much time is wasted spending time cleaning up the clean ups - sometimes bright and early on Saturday mornings.

    Advice to Management

    Higher qualified management with PROVEN experience because structure is desperately needed in Quality Assurance. Plan ahead and TRY to be proactive. Plan ahead and BECOME proactive. REMAIN proactive. Don't under resource staff to improve work life balance.


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  5. No vision. Hopefully Optum will help right the ship and not sink it.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Alere full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good if you are okay with where you are professionally and have no plans to grow.

    Cons

    Minimalistic or cost reduction strategy to spur business continuity is extremely flawed.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees. For a healthcare company that preaches excellence in the continuity of patient care to its external stakeholders, it must do a lot better in investing in its employees - better healthcare and a more competitive pay structure.


  6. Helpful (1)

    A shrinking pie

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

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

    Pros

    great colleagues. wide range of products.

    Cons

    resources are spread very thin, despite fewer projects.

    Advice to Management

    enough with high priced consultants. if you lead, you should know how to run the company.


  7. Great corporate environment, nice coworkers, but limited advancement.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment - good coworkers.

    Cons

    Limited advancement - the department I was really interested in never had an employee leave, so they never needed to hire anybody else!

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within, provide training and classes, really strive to help your employees succeed.


  8. A good company to join

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inspection in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Inspection in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Tasks need to be assigned thoroughly.


  9. Helpful (1)

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

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

    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 Management

    Get new management if you want staff to stay


  10. Poor leadership, lack of vision, and many competing priorities but the company still has some positive things to offer.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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


  11. Helpful (2)

    Nice vision, horrible execution

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

    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 Management

    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.



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