Applied Biosystems Reviews

Updated December 23, 2014
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  1. Interesting movie with disappointing ending

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Foster City, CA

    I worked at Applied Biosystems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Diverse company which focuses on innovation

    Cons

    Does not value "tribal knowledge"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look back on what business decisions and the motivations historically made this company a company to recommend the products to customers in the past

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Good company with a good marketing team

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    Former Contractor - Marketing Project Manager in Foster City, CA
    Former Contractor - Marketing Project Manager in Foster City, CA

    I worked at Applied Biosystems as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Big company with a small company feel

    Cons

    Company culture changed after being bought by Invitogen

  3. As an intern at this company, I had a good experience overall. My boss was quite helpful as well.

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    Former Intern - Process Engineering Intern in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Intern - Process Engineering Intern in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Applied Biosystems as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    They have a good intern program. Its informative, interactive, and something positive is expected out of them. The people are quite friendly too.

    Cons

    The process of making any changes can be a bit slow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Killed the best company I have ever worked for

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Foster City, CA

    I worked at Applied Biosystems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    People from AB
    Foster City campus
    People from AB

    Cons

    Acquired by Invitrogen
    Death of innovation
    Growth by acquisition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing that can be done now. A great company was eaten alive by a lifeless and boring company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Cool place for rewarding experiences.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Foster City, CA

    I worked at Applied Biosystems full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Have business procedures in place to guide research and development.

    Cons

    Need to provide more help for employees to improve their skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on collaboration and communications between different sites.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Great place to start a career.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA

    I have been working at Applied Biosystems

    Pros

    Good for career advancement. Lots of great people work here

    Cons

    Upper management has the appearance of being very disorganized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management should treat employees with more respect.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Good place to start a carrer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA

    I worked at Applied Biosystems

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to gain exposure to different organizations and technologies. Generally a good place to learn the industry and best practice for product development.

    Cons

    Lots of jockeying for position in management. Focus on short term fixes rather than long term success. Moving up often requires movement between organizations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much strategic planning and not enough execution of the plans. Employees are more than willing to strive for success, but need consistent guidance rather than rolling 6 month re-orgs.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    No Career Advancement

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    Former Employee - Sales Administrative in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Administrative in Austin, TX

    I worked at Applied Biosystems

    Pros

    Great place, if you are just wanting a job. That's all it is. Keep your head down, don't try to improve things, careful not to step on anyone's toes. Expect nothing. Just. Do. Your. Job...and you will be rewarded with very good pay and standard benefits and even an opportunity for bonus. The sales force is amazing to work with.

    Cons

    The worst career advancement opportunities, ever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat everyone equally and careful not to condescend. I wasn't treated this way, but I witnessed it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Average company...good and bad

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    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Newark, NJ

    I worked at Applied Biosystems

    Pros

    flexible schedule, good benefits, above average raises, company cars are nice, generous expense account

    Cons

    technical support is weak, little room to move up, don't always follow thru on customer commitments, lots of politics, long hours, head quarters is in california but field engineers rarely get to go...home office

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if what you do is working for you, then keep on doing it

    No opinion of CEO
  11. Life Science Instrumentation Company

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Foster City, CA

    I have been working at Applied Biosystems

    Pros

    Market leader in real-time PCR and sequencing. Located in the dynamic Bay Area. Good Scientific community

    Cons

    Payscales run on the lower side

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise pay scales and career opportunities

    Approves of CEO

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