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Invitrogen Reviews

Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
40 Reviews
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  1.  

    Awesome place to work...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Invitrogen as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Amazing work environment, people are open to ideas.

    Cons

    None I can think of.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Lot's of challanges & opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at Invitrogen

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Work/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 ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the feedback provided by the employees and try to improve those scores.

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Life@Life is hard

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Foster City, CA

    I have been working at Invitrogen

    Pros

    Great colleagues, focused team mates
    professional

    Cons

    no life outside of LIFE
    no opportunity to do jobs well since we are constantly bombarded with work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work on balance of life

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great for entry level - graduates...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SQA in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - SQA in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at Invitrogen

    Pros

    The company is a lead in the industry;
    The colleagues are nice and helpfull;
    Good benefits, time off, stock options;

    Cons

    Poor communication;
    Pay scale lower;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please find solution for lack of satisfaction of the emplyees...

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    ADME/Tox site

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Invitrogen

    Pros

    Possible career advancement is available and internal job postings are readily noted on internal job bulletins, benefits are above average.

    Cons

    Career advancement would require relocation to another city/state , pay scale is significantly lower than comperable pay in the area

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management seems to not allow flow of information to reach its non-managerial staff, too many social events to try to compensate for the lack of satisfaction of the emplyees at this site which is not what this site needs.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    QA Auditor at Invitrogen

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QA Auditor in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - QA Auditor in Rockville, MD

    I worked at Invitrogen

    Pros

    Great for entry level work, work was manageable; employee to manager was a good ratio; individual work space; uniform job descriptions

    Cons

    felt like a factory at times; company was too young, not much professionalism; though work was manageable, felt like you could never catch up; area companies had better pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    introduce more leadership and career development opportunities; pay more; too much upper management levels; bring the human side to the job and hiring of management, don't just make everything black belt.

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A real mixed bag

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Invitrogen

    Pros

    Industry leader, extensive customer base
    Headquarters in a great location
    Very profitable, even during this serious recession
    Dedicated employees

    Cons

    Stock options only available to director-level positions and above
    Lots of uncertainties and confusion from acquisition of Applied Biosystems still being sorted out
    Some decisions on procedures, new initiatives, etc., seem to be made in isolation without any input from the front-line staff who'll have to actually implement them, so those initiatives tend not to be completely thought-through.
    Some surprisingly inexperienced people are put into positions of considerable decision-making authority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Involve front-line staff in the planning of projects/initiatives; don't just spring things on them saying "Here, this is how you're going to do X from now on".
    More accurately benchmark the total compensation program against similar companies (benefits, included); make stock options available to all employees, not just senior management.

    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lots of show but under the surface

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at Invitrogen

    Pros

    Profitable company that does a lot of things well.

    Cons

    Culture feels like a factory with a few bones thrown to employees every now an then. No natural sunlight in most of the buildings. Not a lot of diversity in senior management. Arrogance of management is biggest issue ans the fact the company has had over 20 acquisitions. That tells you they are use to high turn-over. Young employees keep the salary level low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the buy and cut model and make the list of admired employers. Really share the wealth. Be humble. Practice your values. Real diversity at Executive and BOD levels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    For Buffalo, you can't beat it.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Grand Island, NY
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Grand Island, NY

    I have been working at Invitrogen

    Pros

    Excellent compensation for this position and area geographically. The culture is hardworking, yet casual and laid back. Good opportunities for advancement. Positive contributions to society through the advancement of scientific research.

    Cons

    There is protocol for EVERYTHING. Great ideas get bogged down with red tape.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline business structure and processes so more gets done efficiently. Communication needed downstream as well as upstream.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    IVGN: Life Tech

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

    I have been working at Invitrogen

    Pros

    GE-type culture with opportunities for doing different roles every 2 years or so. Fast-moving, aggressive and decisive culture. Satisfaction of getting a lot done in a little time. Successful, high-flying company with seasoned execs. Customer-driven and data-driven business strategy.

    Cons

    If you are part of acquired company, limited opportunities for visibility and advancement, above average politics, expect 60+ hour work weeks, rushing as fast as possible just to move fast (at potential detriment to overall quality).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Approves of CEO

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