Life Technologies

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Great company, not all teams worth the hassel

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Former Employee - Senior FA  in  Carlsbad, CA
Former Employee - Senior FA in Carlsbad, CA

Pros

- great company, product, longevity
- majority of folks very knowladgable

Cons

- i would NEVER work with some of the finance folks again (bad team players, opportunistic, no understanding of personal life)

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Be actionable about your annual employee survery results and take guidence from it.

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Interesting place to work...

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Carlsbad, CA

    Pros

    * Innovative and interesting technologies
    * Opportunities to expand your skillsets quickly
    * Able to work cross-functionally
    * Able to draw talent right out of school pretty easily

    Cons

    * Office politics is so amazing, it gives me a headache
    * Some sites are more prone to be uncooperative than others, and it really shows
    * Engineering is not respected at all
    * Business has no idea how to manage projects, or even promote forward thinking; constant M&A slowly bleeds the company out, and is done even against technical input
    * HR obviously delusional about what the company really does, and makes us seem like we're growing when that's obviously not true
    * Benefits have got to be a joke...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Respect your employees more, and trust their technical input
    * Stop messing with financial books and lying to employees how the company really is
    * Please re-think priorities; in order to sell reagents, you need instruments. Don't just straight up cut engineering because you underfunded them to begin with.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Challenging, rewarding work in a company making a real difference in the world

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Operations  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Operations in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Online learning modules and lots of training, mentoring program, opportunities to cross-train, management and HR pretty good (I've seen a lot worse). Good local leaders (Austin).

    Cons

    Too much focus on short term goals/quarterly numbers. Sub-cultures within Life Tech (i.e. Ion) are very different and cause high level of stress and frustration. Too much bureaucracy and people to go through for approvals of basic tasks. IT support is terrible - 3 plus weeks to get a laptop.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drive decision-making further down in the company, do better job of planning and executing to longer-term strategy. Improve IT support and new hire experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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