Invitrogen
3.1 of 5 37 reviews
www.lifetechnologies.com Carlsbad, CA 5000+ Employees

Invitrogen Reviews

Updated Apr 2, 2014
Invitrogen – US – “Prod”

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3.1 37 reviews

                             

69% Approve of the CEO

Invitrogen Chairman and CEO Greg Lucier

Greg Lucier

(26 ratings)

50% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Associate Scientist (Former Employee)
Rockville, MD

I worked at Invitrogen full-time for more than a year

ProsFriendly lab environment, Cross training was encouraged.

ConsNo growth opportunities, stopped tuition reimbursement.

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ok. nonstop change. many layoffs. CEO focused on his own salary, not growing company. six sigma this, six sigma that

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Invitrogen for more than 3 years

Prosgood location. coworkers generally good people. acceptable benefits. many interesting products and customers.

Conswork life balance, back stabbing managers, hr constant turnover, spend money, then put in place drastic cuts, stop go stop go...

Advice to Senior Managementnot worth it they wont listen

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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combative environment, underresourced

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Invitrogen full-time for more than 5 years

Prosnew technology, bright people, improving

Conscompetitive, combative work environment, sr.management infighting

Advice to Senior ManagementReduce stress on employees

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It was pretty good apart from the constant changes

Senior Associate Business Analyst (Former Employee)
Carlsbad, CA

I worked at Invitrogen full-time for more than 3 years

ProsLot of work if you're motivated and want to learn

ConsThe pay is not at the industry standard for the position

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work...

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Carlsbad, CA

I worked at Invitrogen as an intern for less than a year

ProsPretty open culture and not much bureaucratic about getting work done

ConsI guess they are being bought out so I know there were cases of lay-offs recently

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Used to be great but GL turned it into a "mgmt only matters" machine.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Invitrogen full-time for more than 5 years

ProsScience was wonderful. If you worked on high profile stuff you had top notch equipment.

ConsIf you didn't work on high visibility products you more or less had to work with duct tape and string. Two or even one level above you, if they had a pocket full of fracks, wouldn't give you one.

Advice to Senior ManagementFire all of them and bring in someone who really wants to do life sciences and not fatten up a company for sale.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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They buy companies and sell-out employees

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Invitrogen full-time

ProsThe stock. Good for everyone at the top.

ConsJust ask the employee turnover rate. Ask the number of women and minorities in senior executive roles and on the Board. Ask the percentage of employees over 50 years old. Ask what they really value as part of their culture. You won't have a formal number of vacation days at Director and above so that when you leave, they don't have to pay for any unused.

Advice to Senior ManagementChange the little man at the top.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Talented people but very cut throat environment

Production Planner (Former Employee)
Frederick, MD

I worked at Invitrogen full-time for more than a year

ProsSalary, Hard working scientist, location

ConsWork life balance. Not team environment

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Awesome place to work...

Intern (Former Employee)
Carlsbad, CA

I worked at Invitrogen as an intern for less than a year

ProsAmazing work environment, people are open to ideas.

ConsNone I can think of.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Lot's of challanges & opportunities

Project Manager (Current Employee)
Carlsbad, CA

I have been working at Invitrogen

ProsExciting field, challanging work, smart, hardworking, diverse group of people. Encourages and provides incentives for a healthy lifestyle.

ConsWork/life balance very poor, pace of work is not sustainable. Management gives lip service but does not walk the talk. Benefits have gone down quite a bit. Too many conflicting priorities creates an overworked workforce which results in mistakes and reworks.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the feedback provided by the employees and try to improve those scores.

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