Applied Biosystems Reviews

Updated July 31, 2014
Updated July 31, 2014
47 Reviews

3.2
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Applied Biosystems Chairman, President & CEO Tony L. White
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    the vision thing

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Scientist  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Scientist in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Applied Biosystems

    Pros

    smart people, working with people from very different professional backgrounds,interesting problems

    Cons

    Management disconnected from employees. Constant reorganization. Good people leave; bad people get promoted. No real vision for the future or willingness to take risks. CEO never sets foot in Foster City.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of your office and walk around and talk to people. Show some vision; if you allow a project to start, let it finish. Don't cut it off in the middle. It's demoralizing

    No opinion of CEO
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    Old Management looking to retire

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

    I have been working at Applied Biosystems

    Pros

    Better than average compensation. Generally nice and professional colleagues.

    Cons

    Senior management looking to retire. Lack of risk taking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Biotechnology is a risky field, grow or die. Being bought by a smaller company with aggressive management is an embarassment.

    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Blame Game

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwalk, CT

    I have been working at Applied Biosystems

    Pros

    The company is working to help life sciences, medicine, and quality of life. Very interesting science.

    Cons

    Executive staff tend to resolve problems by finding someone to blame and firing them. The consequences are a company full of employees who try to undercut each other, take credit where it is not due, make other people look bad, and lack integrity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CFO is more concerned with appearances than with honesty, integrity, or fairness.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    there's some good in everybody.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwalk, CT

    I have been working at Applied Biosystems

    Pros

    good science, smart people, challenging work

    Cons

    cut throat politics, self-seeking behavior

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing to say

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work anywhere but here

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    Former Employee - Senior Developer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Applied Biosystems

    Pros

    It's there. Seriously, it's an easy commute from Mountain View

    Cons

    Insincere , even sociopaths, in management . Backstabbing and political maneuvering by the employees is richly rewarded whilst quality work is of no apparent value. Have seen many many people laid off for what appears to be getting too old and having been too loyal. Also, they will work you to death - a constant grind for which the reward is - you get to keep your crappy job - maybe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay where you are and hire more like yourselves. We need to concentrate your kind in as small an area as possible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    An ever changing environment

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    Former Employee - Genetic Analysis Tech Support Representative  in  Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Genetic Analysis Tech Support Representative in Paris (France)

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

    Pros

    High technology environment, high quality products

    Cons

    Loss of attractively due to take over by Invitrogen

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain high scientific level and technology

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Working at LifeTechnologies in the EMEA

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    Current Employee - Field Applications Specialist  in  Paisley, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Field Applications Specialist in Paisley, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Applied Biosystems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It was a very good experience with wonderful colleagues, great company culture.

    Cons

    Things happen a bit too fast and sometimes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    So-So experience

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Friendly and approachable colleagues, always there to help

    Cons

    Not much welfare benefit for interns.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Scientist 1

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applied Biosystems

    Pros

    Great potential to succeed and develop your skills being surrounded by so many talented people. A lot of patents and pride by employees.

    Cons

    Management was lacking passion and vision. If this doesn't get fixed the company is doomed. I wish that they would hire some outside people.

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    MARKETING

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst  in  Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I worked at Applied Biosystems

    Pros

    Good environment,hormonous people, good relationship and team building experience

    Cons

    no better opportunity,and team work.

    No opinion of CEO

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