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Current Employee - Project Manager in Carlsbad, CA
Current Employee - Project Manager in Carlsbad, CA

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

Recommends
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

fast paced , some cutting edge technology, change is way of life

Cons

short staffed , too many things to handle , business dictates and IT is a mere cost center.

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    Pay is competitive, culture is disrespectful

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Foster City, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are competitive with the rest of the industry. Employee stock purchase at 15% discount is available.

    Cons

    Not a classy management culture. They encourage a start-up mentality ("inovation" and "outside-the-box thinking", along with long hours, unrealistic workloads, constant changing of strategies and priorities), without any of the benefits of working at a start-up (flexible environment, listening to feedback from team members, direct financial benefit if the company exceeds financial goals). They will also let go of everyone and anyone at the drop of a hat. Through several "reorganizations", dozens of my managers and co-workers were let go, some after having spent almost 20 years at the company.

    Advice to Management

    Get classy, San Diego.


  2. Helpful (1)

    A biotech powerhouse that offers solid development opportunities and competitive benefits/compensation.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer II in Foster City, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong focus on product development and R&D.
    Decent (competitive) benefits.

    Cons

    Organizational changes can be more business/management focused and not always functionally relevant.

    Advice to Management

    Life Technologies has an incredibly strong (but still disjointed) product portfolio (Ambion, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Ion Torrent, Gibco, etc.). Build more value for our customers by offering more integrated, complete workflows and solutions.

    Improve website functionality (better search, descriptions, product photos).


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