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Decent place to work, but not enough focus on R&D and not as nice as the original company before the buyout

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

Pros

Decent benefits package, competitive pay.

Cons

Overly corporate environment, ridiculous amount of reviews and goal setting metrics. These are important, but when about 10% of everyday, year round is devoted to working on reviews, updating goal statuses, and doing metrics for yourself (even more time for the direct reports once a quarter) the performance gains become outweighed by the time loss.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

More metrics does not mean better performance. Focus on the company and R&D rather than on addition of new / cheesy corporate initiatives and performance / team building presentations. We like each other just fine and work hard as is, we don't need another pep talk, cheesy goal quote, or to sit in on unnecessary meetings and training.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Great colleagues, the last place people would like to work for

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    Current Employee - Staff Scientist  in  Prince Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Prince Frederick, MD

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

    Pros

    Colleagues are smart and accountable, great team work enviornment

    Cons

    The company care the least for employee, paid bare minimum salary and the worst benefit ever

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fairness goes a long way

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Production Associate III

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Life Technologies full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great work. You can see how you make a difference in real people's lives. Cutting edge of science.

    Cons

    Management is terrible. Culture of fear and intimidation. Only those who tow the line get ahead. Top management has a horrible rep and do little to combat it. Money is only spent on those with the loudest voice and not the most in need.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get people who think instead of those that think like everyone else. Emphasize making what works better instead of trying to reinvent the wheel.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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