Alere Reviews

Updated August 3, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    A shrinking pie

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

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

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

    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.


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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Alere

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    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.


  3. A good company to join

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


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  5. 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

    I have been working at Alere

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    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


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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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


  7. 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

    I have been working at Alere full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    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.


  8. You cannot grow in a stagnant company.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    -Stop treating your employees like pre-schoolers.


  9. Good entry level experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 Management

    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.


  10. Great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  11. From the frying pan into the fire!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    My co-workers mad it possible to stay & work in this corporation

    Cons

    The supervisors & above are more interested in paying shareholders than really providing care to their clients. Recently sold to Optum, owned by United Healthcare-who 2 years ago fired 80,000 physician across the country without regard to the effect on their clients. they did this to get out of the Medicare business because they felt they were not making enough money. Just one example: they told an 87 year-old woman she would have to travel from south Broward County to Boca Raton for a new Primary Care Physician (PCP). Of course, she had no way of doing that, either financially or transportation-wise.

    Advice to Management

    Stop looking at your employees & clients as WIDGITS and treat them as people. Put your bean-counters back in their place-in charge of finances, not quality health care. The registered nurses & health coaches are your porduct-show RESPECT! & APPRECIATION!



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