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Smart People, Strong Science, A.D.D. in Sr. Leadership, Frequent Re-orgs

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Current Employee - Business Role in Carlsbad, CA
Current Employee - Business Role in Carlsbad, CA

I have been working at Life Technologies full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

Collaborative, intelligent coworkers
Decent pay
ability to bring good science to the life science industry

Cons

24-hour culture for manager and above
Zero work/life balance
Frequent re-orgs cause loss of institutional knowledge
Benefits are CHEAP

Advice to ManagementAdvice

There is too much emphasis on increasing the number of direct reports per manager. Allow high performers to develop management skills on a smaller scale before requiring that they jump to having 10 direct reports. This will require organization design based on functionality rather than purely HR metrics.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company is good for if you are a top manager

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Foster City, CA

    I have been working at Life Technologies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting technologies, well educated and dedicated stuff. Could be agood place to start career for recent graduate.

    Cons

    Constatntly changing company goals. Poor communication from top to bottom. Employee are overworked which resulted in bad quality products. Many people are afraid to loose jobs. The worst health benefits in industry. HR exists only for layoffs and not for helping people to grow in their career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have some guts and stand for your hard-working people. Have clear strategy for people advancement in their career and not just to say in on the paper during quaterly reviews.

  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Life with NO LIFE

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Management Specialist in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Management Specialist in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at Life Technologies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There is a huge growth in Biotech sector now, therefore this company is moving ahead with a very fast pace. Many career opportunities available here.

    Cons

    not one but many
    1. Fast paced, good growth but no attention to detail. Company culture is to build things on weak bases and then keep repairing the leaks in future.
    2. No good systems or software, still very outdated (Do not expect this in a rapidly growing biotech company)
    3. No social culture, very productivity oriented culture. Everyone is always afraid of loosing their job if they don't prove themselves.
    4. No good Cafeteria, no good break rooms
    5. VERY BAD MEDICAL INSURANCE, get ready to dump your salary on Doctor's fees. Almost all expenses out of pocket.
    6. Goals change all the time, Teams change all the time, at times you feel, your management doesn't know what they want to do.
    7. No enough resources, employees end up working beyond capacity to get things done.
    8. One very weird thing I observed here is, Contractors are separated from Full time employees. They have smaller desks, maybe 3ft X 3 ft table is their desk. They are made to sit in a different row separated from full time employees. If you are walking on the floor, looking at the row of adjacent small desks you can recognize that person sitting there is a contractor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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