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  1. Old Management looking to retire

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Foster City, CA

    I have been working at Applied Biosystems

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Better than average compensation. Generally nice and professional colleagues.

    Cons

    Senior management looking to retire. Lack of risk taking.

    Advice to Management

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


  2. Helpful (1)

    the vision thing

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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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


  3. Helpful (1)

    there's some good in everybody.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwalk, CT

    I have been working at Applied Biosystems

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

    Pros

    good science, smart people, challenging work

    Cons

    cut throat politics, self-seeking behavior

    Advice to Management

    nothing to say


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  5. Helpful (1)

    The Blame Game

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwalk, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwalk, CT

    I have been working at Applied Biosystems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  6. Helpful (1)

    Work anywhere but here

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Applied Biosystems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  7. Working at LifeTechnologies in the EMEA

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Things happen a bit too fast and sometimes.


  8. 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.


  9. MARKETING

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I worked at Applied Biosystems

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    no better opportunity,and team work.


  10. The company provided me many opportunities to deliver quality work and have it appreciated.

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

    I worked at Applied Biosystems

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People with legacy knowledge are valued and keep work on track saving time and frustration.
    Yielding a better result for the whole team.

    Cons

    It has a conservative and academic feel that may seem like a pulse is missing.


  11. Uneventful

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Scientist I
    Former Employee - Scientist I

    I worked at Applied Biosystems

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

    Pros

    The company has decent benefits when i worked there last. The small teams give you some autonomy while working with your co-workers.

    Cons

    The management is a mess. There's no clear direction for the company, and the organization is filled with waste and inefficiency.

    Advice to Management

    A clear vision for the company, and having employee buy in would do wonders for morale. Things get lost in translation.



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