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An open letter to my former employer

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Former Employee - Unemployed? Keep Looking for A Job  in  Carlsbad, CA
Former Employee - Unemployed? Keep Looking for A Job in Carlsbad, CA

I worked at Life Technologies

Pros

Mission is amazing, they really do believe they will change the world though science

Cons

-two years of underpayment, half dozen different managers, countless positive performance reviews with zero promised career movement, took over 2 peoples jobs, spun my wheels, suffered whiplash from directional changes and myopic leadership, and watched almost every project be disemboweled seconds after birth.
-Holidays 2011: I'm "backfilled" and given 0 severance, 0 job assistance, no written or verbal reasoning. Oh yeah, and you never even backfilled the position.
-So thank you! I love my new job with people who are not dead inside. You were the best mistake I ever made. I hope this inspires some to move on with their lives and others not to step in a big career pothole.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep on steering your shinking barge, you won't be missed!

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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