Life Technologies

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Not much room for advancement

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Scientist III in Austin, TX
Current Employee - Scientist III in Austin, TX

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

Pros

the people at the Austin site are the best part of the job.

Cons

not much room for advancement in manufacturing

Advice to ManagementAdvice

spend time in the labs instead of meetings

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lots of employees hanging in there for severance or hoping Thermo will be better

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Life Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Your interview was a great opportunity for Us to learn more about or competitors! Thank you.

    You could get the chance to work with a technology that is in high demand and can lead to better career opportunities. No guarantees, though, and no training either. You are unusual if you are hired for something you haven't already done.

    There is a defined severance package for current Life Technologies employees for the acquisition.

    Cons

    Communication of essential knowledge is weaponized as a defense against layoff. Corporate culture pools bonuses within business divisions. Managers sit in a meeting to decide who gets what. This fostered a nasty competitive instead of a healthy competitive environment over many years and the resulting politics are vicious. HR is not there for employees, but they may put on a good show of support for you because that is what management wants them to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep counting your days until the big payoff and putting on a good veneer of "business as usual".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Valuable, fast-paced, innovative R&D internship

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - R&D
    Former Intern - R&D

    I worked at Life Technologies as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    - The best part was the people: friendly, intelligent, hard-working, fun, and supportive of interns
    - good investment into their R&D business unit
    - Intern program has lots of perks: outings, mentors, lunch series with executives
    - great place for experience and opportunities if you are studying Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, or Bioengineering with an interest in Biotechnology and similar fields

    Cons

    - organizational changes taking place every couple of months: for example, the HR recruiter who recruited me for the internship was in a different position by the time I left
    - big company bureaucracy: Slow processing time because it's a big company
    - R&D scientists working there often worked 10 hour days or more, and occasionally so did the interns!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to a strategy, listen to your employees, and continue growing

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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