Celera Group Reviews

Updated March 28, 2014
Updated March 28, 2014
7 Reviews

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  1.  

    OK place to work for a paycheck

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    Former Employee - Director Level  in  Alameda, CA
    Former Employee - Director Level in Alameda, CA

    I worked at Celera Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good pay, some good people, some good products.

    Cons

    Really bad senior leadership. Poor business prospects. Toxic culture - playing the blame game is very common.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None - they should be replaced.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    A very bad company and you should avoid

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    Current Employee - N/A  in  Alameda, CA
    Current Employee - N/A in Alameda, CA

    I have been working at Celera Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nothing I can think out of my mind.

    Cons

    1. Very weak upper management, but lots of political issues.
    2. Most of talented people are gone.
    3. Quest keeps trying to sell the company.
    4. Not competitive salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing can be changed to be better, but close it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Celera is Quest Diagnostics, really it is.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Alameda, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alameda, CA

    I worked at Celera Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There are some genuinely nice people working at Celera who were once part of Berkeley Heart Labs. There are also some nice Quest Diagnostics folks who work across the country.

    Cons

    When I worked there, it was blatant sexism and salary jealousy with a newly hired middle manager. I should have complained right away to HR, but I didn't in time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check out the competencies on some of the middle management Bozos you hire before hiring them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great group of people to work with

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Celera Group

    Pros

    Great group of people to work with. Small company feel exposing you to many areas of the business.

    Cons

    Being part of Quest Diagnostics has put a lot of constraints on how things are done. There are many more layers of red tape and inefficiencies of a big company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Cutting edge of science

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Alameda, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alameda, CA

    I worked at Celera Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Smart, passionate people. Great team work. Women in leadership.

    Cons

    No cons that I remember.

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    If you like politics and mediocrity this is the place to go.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Celera Group

    Pros

    pay and benefits are pretty good. You can have a 9 to 5 job if you want.

    Cons

    Lots of politics, middle management in general display no leadership, no strategic plan can be perceived.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a better strategy, also improve the middle management layer. Too many truly mediocre people are in charge

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    working in Products unit was not very fulfilling

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Celera Group

    Pros

    stable environment, slow to moderately paced

    Cons

    organizational silos; short-sighted business-management practices; employee development, operational performance were not top priorities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continuously develop employees and motivate units around strategic, visionary goals

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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