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Former Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Carlsbad, CA
Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Carlsbad, CA

I worked at Life Technologies full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

Good benefits and compensation
Nice people to work

Cons

Upper management don't know lot about Engineering but more about science

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Generally negative

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Life Technologies

    Pros

    Large and well established company.

    Cons

    Management is not focused on bottom line - results. Critical decisions are not made based on business value. Weak business and people management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Succeed at Lifetech only by being a yes man/woman

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at Life Technologies full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Many projects get funding, individual contributors are good, strong product portfolio, nice and clean buildings, Carlsbad has a neat water feature outside the building and some great palm trees.

    Cons

    A ton of politics, middle management more concerned about themselves then the company or doing great a good job. Many employees are too scared to speak up with issues as they have seen their colleagues fired or punished for doing so. The Quest survey of internal employees brings about little to no change, if management is reviewed negatively, nothing changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to eat some humble pie, your employees might know more about the job details then you, listen to them and treat each person as an irreplaceable individual whom you respect, and they will respect you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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