Life Technologies

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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  

    It's OK

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA

    I have been working at Life Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting Technology, diverse portfolio, nice people, flexible schedule when needed, competitive pay.

    Cons

    Once you get to a mid level position within your function you will probably never get promoted. Constant concern amoung employees that layoffs will occur. Culture is very political and hierarchical, terrible health plan.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Discontinue consistant layoffs as a way to meet the numbers. Don't ignore the fact that promotions are important to people in the career growth and sense of satisfaction. Statements like "don't think up think lateral" as a way to advance your career gets "very old" after a while. The ability to have long term employees will get less and less with this philosophy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Beware of the Dunning-Kruger Effect.

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

    I worked at Life Technologies full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good vacation, salary, bonus and 401k match. Highly varied products allow one to learn a lot of different life science techniques, methods, etc.

    Cons

    Shortsighted management. Lots of of non-technical people in leadership positions. Medical benefits leave much to be desired.

    Beware of what David Keirsey termed as the "artisan." The artisan is a specific part of the Meyers Briggs personality type. In short they can be summed up as politicos. They only like what sounds good. The management of this place is riddled with artisans. There are a lot of folks employed here who have an illusion of superiority about themselves. You are not all above average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop making decisions based on the generic MBA knowledge you have and actually learn how the science works. This is not assembly line manufacturing no matter how much the leadership would like it to be. Actually invest in the culture instead of saying you have a good culture. If you have to say it as often as you do then you are convincing yourself of something that doesn't exist.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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