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Helpful (3)

good exposure to biotech industry, but the management does not value your contribution

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Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Carlsbad, CA
Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Carlsbad, CA

I have been working at Life Technologies

Disapproves of CEO
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

you can learn A LOT about all aspects of the biotech business; good benefits; some flexibility in work hours; very diverse workforce that you can learn from; opportunities to move around the company if you want a change

Cons

its ALL ABOUT MONEY!!! No long-term vision from the upper management; in 2011 spent thousands $$$ on palm trees and reflecting pool on Carlsbad campus while R&D was under spending freeze and could not order even Life Tech reagents and hundreds of people were laid off. Everybody is replacable, especially if you've been with the company for some time and make decent money.

Advice to Management

Think YEARS, not months ahead!!! Stop aquiring more companies: you cannot manage well what you've already got. Knowledge comes with experience and needs to be compensated for accordingly: someone right out of school will not give you the same quality and quantity of work as people who worked in this business for years.

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Churn and burn. They take all employees have to give, then when they can't keep up, they toss them aside.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Life Technologies

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

    Pros

    Ideas are welcome. Initiative and risks are generally rewarded. Performance is rewarded. Good HR feedback system. Good business acumen/leadership development. The gym in Carlsbad is fantastic.

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations cascaded down from upper management across all sectors. Work-Life balance is a joke. It's all work. A typical day as described by a colleague: 10 hours of meetings/t-con then 5 hours of email/work. Night and weekend work is expected, for the same amount of pay as other companies that do respect the employee's life outside of work. Workdays are a constant scramble to keep up with changing priorities and fighting fires. Most departments are understaffed compared to the the amount of work required by senior executives.

    Advice to Management

    The results of the Quest survey tell it all. Most people feel they are experiencing unhealthy levels of stress at work. If the CEO continues to pull a huge salary next year and the extreme cost cutting and low staff level continues, expect to see more voluntary terms. With the lack of a robust training program and written procedures, the institutional knowledge and working relationships people have with one another hold this company together. Beware of reaching a critical mass of departures when the economy turns around.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Lots of work without the appreciation.

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    Former Employee - QC Scientist I in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - QC Scientist I in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Life Technologies

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

    Pros

    I had the chance to learn or hone many skills that will help with future employment opportunities elsewhere.

    Coworkers for the most part were great in the "we are all in this work grind together" vein.

    Cons

    I don't think management likes to hear constructive criticisms. It's best to keep mum when filling out those Quest HR surveys, even though they are supposedly anonymous (don't believe it!). I strongly believe it is their way to weed out the free thinkers (no matter how useful they may be) and keep the submissives.

    Some equipment and protocols are state of the art and others are ancient.

    Acquiring AB then changing to a "5S" organization was a clusterfxxx that I got to endure from day one until I left 2 years later.

    Cut throat corporate culture is evident with the high turnover rate.

    Advice to Management

    Is it really worth laying off/firing people that have gained years of experience working for your company? Is it that you truly don't value your employees and you figure you can hire some recent grad or FOB at bargain basement salaries and expect your underlings to do all the training and developing of said employee?

    I give Lucifer a "1" rating but it also applies to all his kowtowing sycophantic middle/upper managers.


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