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Invitrogen Reviews

Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
40 Reviews
3.0
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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    If accountability and execution ranked higher on the priority list this company could be great.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Grand Island, NY
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Grand Island, NY

    I have been working at Invitrogen

    Pros

    The mission statement and goals are exciting. It is actually kind of cool to be a part of something that could potentially become really big and important in the future. Plus, if you know how to manage workload, this company is good for work-life balance. I've never had a probelm taking time off when needed which is nice. Plus all in all the company consists of generally nice people.

    Cons

    Too many people are promoted for the wrong reasons. Many people at this company seem to be promoted just because they've been around a long time. Unfortunately this puts incompetent people in senior roles. If someone has been doing the same job for 5+ years and they are still just an average performer, it's time to manage them out, not up. Also, many people are recongized for doing a great job by being promoted to a role that sets them up for failure. Just because someone is a brilliant scientist, doesn't make them a stellar people manager. The skillsets are completely different, and the career paths should be treated as such. When people are promoted for the wrong reasons nobody wins. The person who is promoted becomes overwhelmed and the people forced to report to these people become resentful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know your strengths, your you weaknesses, and know your people. The biggest asset of any company is their people. If the wrong people are hired, fired, and promoted a huge opportunity is lost. Secondly, set the right goals and hold people accountable. People want to feel like they're part of something and they want to be recognized for hard work. By imposing mis-guided, vague goals on people and then compounding that by making a lot of noise, but never really enforcing accountability, morale and productivity both suffer.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    If not in Carlsbad, poor career progression

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

    I have been working at Invitrogen

    Pros

    - great work life balance
    - other people performing at mediocre level (makes you look good)
    - entrepreneurial spirit
    - you can make your own future to some degree

    Cons

    - having to work with mediocre people
    - poor career progression if you don't live in Carlsbad (HQ)
    - very bad HR: DEMORALIZING, doesn't pay for performance, not accountable
    - smart Senior Management, but not wise and very ego-driven

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - live the mission statement and truly value employees
    - hire the right person for the job and empower their success, rather than hire the wrong person, blame them, and then setting them up to be fired
    - don't do useless strategic reviews unless you plan to invest - save us the heart ache

    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    The company has poor leadership and no direction.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Invitrogen

    Pros

    If you can not find anything else. Its ok to go there till you get a job in real Bio-tech with real mission. They have good benefits, but Vac is below Bio_tech std. CEO is nice and smart, but I'm puzzeled, why they fail in leadership. You will find good/great employees poor leaders. Maybe he is herding cats all day.

    Cons

    No real mission or science. You did not pass P-chem or went to good Business schools to work here. Its 90% about low cost manufacturing of consumables with low margin and 10% Science. If you like to work for Kmart/office-max you love it here. Its all about pedeling 1000's of SKUs. Not in same level at all with pharma and Bio-pharma. High turnover, some depts as high as 20%. HR is even week, high turnover even in HR. Comp. can not find focus, continuously reorg. Re-Org fatigue is common. Closing sites and moving product lines often. Due to lack of vision and mature leadership, they only focus on cost cutting and M&A, which both are easy and most companies can do on drop of the hat. They fail in real leadership which is Inovation, organic growth, trend setter, game changer, best place to work, and emloyee empowerment. You have to go to Genentech/Amgen to see that. They have problem with letting go incompetent leaders and staff. Therefore the good ones take off sooner or later.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house. Take a real look at who delivers and who blow smoke. Who loses people and who innovates. Who complains all the time and who changes the game. M&A is not the solution to lack of organic growth and solid ROI for the R&D dollars spent. Why IVGN can not be the best place to work? Why HR fails in quality of hire? Why most leaders come from outside? If employees are so incompetent to move-up why are they kept. Hire people that have the potential to move up. Bring stock option to everyone, not just upper management. Clean out HR from incompetent YES-MAN staff that can not stand in front of poor leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good stepping stone, but slow career progression

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Madison, WI

    I have been working at Invitrogen

    Pros

    The benefits are competitive to other companies in the industry. Benefits include paid vacation, the possibility to purchase a week of vacation, tuition reimbursement, stock purchase discounts, and health/dental/vision.

    Cons

    The career advancement opportunities are poor. Promotions are usually based on time and not necessarily on the impact one makes. Career development and promotion largely depend on the negotiation skills and perseverance of an employee's manager. Atleast for R&D scientists, career opportunities for employees with PhDs are much better than for ones without. Despite of what is claimed in job postings, experience does not count as much as a PhD degree atleast on the scientific side. In addition, many employees feel that there is a disconnect between management and themselves, although recently efforts on part of upper management have been made to address this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The career development system should be improved.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Review for INDIA TEAM

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Employed in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Employed in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Invitrogen as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    1) Good procedures, policies, benefits on paper & some of them do get followed if prompted by the US / Singapore team
    2) Have many employee skill set enhancing mechanisms and good team support if you are reporting to US / Singapore

    Cons

    1) Heavy politics by older employees which leads to blame game, favoritism, hightailing on other's hard work, emotional blackmailing
    2)New employee are treated with indifference. HR is always with loud laughs, casual talks and indifference with regards to employee queries about policies, procedures, company business etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Professionalism is only shown not practised. People with a real passion for their work and who actually are in complete understanding of what the business is all about are never encourage. Infact, they are made to do all the hard work which inevitably goes to the favorites of the bosses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Awsome

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Applications Scientist in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Technical Applications Scientist in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Invitrogen full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    wide product portfolio with more efficiency

    Cons

    No specific comments-No specific comments-No specific comments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep it up

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A great company with fantastic profucts and people!

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

    I have been working at Invitrogen full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great innovative products, good reputation. Nice enthusiastic and knowledgeable colleagues with can do attitude. Most of the days are a true pleasure working for Invitrogen / Life Technologies

    Cons

    There are so many products that you sometimes have hard time keeping track. Also the company is big, so you don't always who to contact directly for help. Salaries are good to start with, but do not increase very fast.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager

    I have been working at Invitrogen full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    GE-type culture. Numerous opportunities to try different roles at the same level and leaders who really care about your career development (at least for me). Very fast-moving, aggressive and decisive culture. Customer-driven and data-driven business strategy. No dead-wood anywhere since non-performers are quickly taken out.

    Cons

    Very difficult to get a promotion and tendency is often to hire talent from big-name schools from outside rather than promoting internally. Much of the focus in recent months has been on sequencing so if you're not in a sequencing business you may feel unloved. Lots of reductions in benefits over the past year so it's not as lucrative as it once was.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Best Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Applications Scientist in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Technical Applications Scientist in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Invitrogen full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company with quality products and service. A great learning opportunity for freshers.

    Cons

    Very highly target oriented organization leads to high attrition. The organization is customer or target oriented not for people who are working for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be employ centric not the customer centric, if employ is happy he will make sure that all customers are happy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place for a entry level role

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Technician in Auckland (New Zealand)
    Former Employee - Production Technician in Auckland (New Zealand)

    I worked at Invitrogen full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great technologies are setup in place
    Well established protocols
    Products are manufactured with great quality
    very good work life balance

    Cons

    Poor HR Management
    Poor recruitment
    Not a place where you can move up in your career.
    poor training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get the right people for the job and not through reference alone. Please employ people who could fit the company on the long term i.e like employee someone for a technician role but see if he has the opportunities to grow within the organization.

    Overall there is a poor leadership.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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