Life Technologies

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Just an OK company

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Scientist in Frederick, MD
Current Employee - Scientist in Frederick, MD

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

Pros

Great people to work with on the ground level.

Many opportunities to collaborate with other very talented scientists across the company.

Many great opportunities to work with and get exposed to other job functions (marketing, product development, operations, quality).

Cons

Upper management continues to strip away more benefits from its employees every year.

Upper management also lacks the patience and tenacity that are required to carry new projects through thecommercialization process, causing scientists to develop relatively simple products that do not challenge the mind.

R&D scientists spend too much time on the "D" and not the "R" .

R&D scientists are also continually distracted from their primary job function of conducting experiments in order to support non-scientist related tasks related to marketing and product development. Don't get me wrong, the distraction is nice but it is too often and at the end of the day, upper management only cares about things which are tangible and that would be experimental results.

Well deserved and overdue promotions within the company are very difficult to get.

Overall, the company does not try hard enough to retain its employees and only seems to care about pleasing the stockholders.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Your company is only as good as your employees so you should seriously start thinking about their well-being (even in this economic climate).

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging with perks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at Life Technologies full-time

    Pros

    You get to work with the sharpest mind on some pretty cutting edge tech.

    Cons

    Too many chiefs not enough Indians and they keep laying off the Indians.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire internally. Put policies in that make people feel like its not just a job. Reinstate stock purchase plans. Be more generous to the people that make the big salaries possible. The question shouldn't be ,"will there be layoffs this quarter?" it should be, "how great is it to be here?"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Is not a bad company as long as you have a reasonable manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Scientist II in Eugene, OR
    Former Employee - Scientist II in Eugene, OR

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

    Pros

    -My group of coworkers had a lot of characters in it
    -Good Work life balance, do your work and you will have plenty of time for yourself outside of work

    Cons

    -Extremely political with anyone at or above a manager level
    -Benefits package was average, they were definitely not trying to lead the curve in that area
    -If you got stuck with a bad manager, it could ruin your career prospect (that can be said about anyplace)
    -Many technical people are promoted to middle management positions with little to no social/people/management skills
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    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It seems like management is being advised by harvard graduate consultant types with little or no knowledge of the biotech industries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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