Invitrogen Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
39 Reviews

3.1
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  1.  

    Good Experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Invitrogen

    Pros

    Good Pay, Good PTO, personal growth is there if you take advantage of it. Company is not the best though, CEO is looking to fill his pockets.

    Cons

    Cost Savings measures always being implemented. CEO is looking to fill his pockets by taking constantly taking cost saving measures.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    not satisfied with work environment.

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Foster City, CA

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

    Pros

    the biotech industry is relatively stable and not too sensitive to general economic conditions. Long term growth possible, work not too stressful compared to other high tech industry.

    Cons

    this company has a very old and slow corporate culture, there is very little incentive for doing a good job, relatively low salary and benefit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    should focus on employee development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Invitrogen for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    not worth it they wont listen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Associate Scientist

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    Former Employee - Associate Scientist  in  Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Rockville, MD

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

    Pros

    Friendly lab environment, Cross training was encouraged.

    Cons

    No growth opportunities, stopped tuition reimbursement.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    combative environment, underresourced

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    new technology, bright people, improving

    Cons

    competitive, combative work environment, sr.management infighting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce stress on employees

    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    It was pretty good apart from the constant changes

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate Business Analyst  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Business Analyst in Carlsbad, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The pay is not at the industry standard for the position

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work...

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA

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

    Pros

    Pretty open culture and not much bureaucratic about getting work done

    Cons

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

  9.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    If 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    They buy companies and sell-out employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Invitrogen full-time

    Pros

    The stock. Good for everyone at the top.

    Cons

    Just 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 ManagementAdvice

    Change the little man at the top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Talented people but very cut throat environment

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    Former Employee - Production Planner  in  Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Production Planner in Frederick, MD

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

    Pros

    Salary, Hard working scientist, location

    Cons

    Work life balance. Not team environment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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