Life Technologies
2.9 of 5 321 reviews
www.thermofisher.com Waltham, MA 5000+ Employees

Life Technologies Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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2.9 321 reviews

                             

40% Approve of the CEO

Life Technologies CEO Gregory T. Lucier

Gregory T. Lucier

(198 ratings)

45% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Dynamic environment with constant opportunity to learn"
    in 8 reviews
  • "You get to work with the sharpest mind on some pretty cutting edge tech"
    in 12 reviews
Cons:
  • "Unclear communication or lack of communication from upper management (director level)"
    in 14 reviews
  • "Worse health benefits than their smaller competitors"
    in 12 reviews
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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood opportunity for high bonus

    ConsMore coordination with parent company

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Foster City, CA

    Prosvery nice place, the work is not busy

    ConsIt is not stable. always become another company

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Learning Experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsOpportunities to work with really smart people and work on interesting & challenging projects.

    ConsThe workload is relentlessly demanding.

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    Great Company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Carlsbad, CA

    ProsVery smart, high tech group of people. Great work environment
    Salary good

    ConsHR is pro management only. They need to work on employee retention
    Preferences to kiss-up employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementSee above regarding Cons

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

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    Great company culture!

    Senior Program Manager (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsGreat development opportunities for fast career growth.
    Fun place to work for, full of challenges and fast paced projects.
    Co-workers, co-workers, co-workers!

    ConsStressful as with any public traded company.
    Short term goal oriented.
    Have gone through several integrations and too many changes in management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork on life work balance, make employees the priority.
    Treat employees with respect with regards to change.

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

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    Not the best, not the worst

    Project Manager (Former Employee)
    Carlsbad, CA

    ProsGood salary and bonuses. Lots going on.

    ConsVery political. Its not always clear who is getting promoted or what the reason is. Although there were some really great people there, some others seemed more concerned with their own careers than the company or their colleagues. There was constant talk about work -life balance, but not a whole lot of it to see. The company was really loosing its charm prior to and after recent acquisition by Thermo Fischer. Seemed like a good time to leave.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGood luck!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Typical large company that tolerates bureaucracy

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Foster City, CA

    ProsThe company was located in a nice city.

    ConsWorse health benefits than their smaller competitors

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop micro-managing, allow product quality to determine product deadlines

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The job was good, but the management lacked.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe pay was good. The benefits were good.

    ConsThe management explicitly asked for perfection in work performance.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgood learning environment, big corporate environment

    Conscontractors are not treated with care

    Advice to Senior Managementincrease support system for the contractors

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Horrible Place For a Temp/ Contract Worker But Seems Good For a Full-time Permanent Position

    Manufacturing Technician (Current Employee)
    Carlsbad, CA

    ProsThe atmosphere at this company is actually pretty cool. They let you listen to your iPod, you can chat with your coworkers, your direct bosses and supervisors are usually extremely nice and relatable and there are a lot of potlucks and lunch events (as long as it was one that contracts were allowed to participate in).

    ALOT of overtime is offered, so if you're like me and take all of it, you can typically get 50+ hours per week, which is nice. Oh! And you are usually PAID WEEKLY, which is so nice and easy to budget. They are also really flexible with their schedules. You'll have a start time, but hours aren't closely monitored and if you ask, you can have any day off you want (without pay).

    One big plus is that you will gain some nice skills and keywords for building up your resume.

    ConsThe cons really outweigh the pros I just mentioned. Take my advice and if you take a temp/contract position at this company, don't get comfortable there hoping to be converted to a permanent position (I saw too many recent grads with Biology/Engineering degrees "stuck" there because they got "comfortable" and gave up in this job market- sadly including myself until I snapped out of it). Just to give someone out there an idea- I worked here for a bit less than a year and I quit for a job doing the EXACT SAME THINGS I was doing at Life Tech/ Thermo Fisher- the main difference being that for the same duties, functions and SAME TITLE, I am making THREE TIMES MORE AN HOUR WITH FULL BENEFITS! Please take my advice and continue to apply to other jobs, and take any interviews you can. Degrees mean nothing there (for contract employees), and they will "promote" you and give more duties and responsibilities but they won't give you any more recognition or pay. One plus is that this job WILL give you a nice set of skills you can put on your resume. I won't lie- it actually did help me.

    Pay is typically very low, and for the contract/ temp employees, your pay will be in the bottom 10th percentile of similar salaries in your same field. Overtime is offered- ALOT of overtime- They usually have morning, evening and Saturday OT, so that's the only way to get a decent paycheck.

    There are NO raises and/or benefits (which you'll be notified of when you accept job), but in the interview process, they do a great job overselling the job and will all but guarantee that if you do a good job and prove yourself that you will be hired onto the company full time permanent with benefits. DON'T LISTEN!!! THEY DO NOT HIRE CONTRACT WORKERS PERMANENT AFTER THEIR CONTRACT ENDS.

    Perhaps the absolute worst part of these jobs is that the company seems to go to great lengths to let their contract workers know that they are replaceable, not as important as the permanent employees, and above all- unappreciated! I have held a lot of jobs but this job- by far- made me feel terrible about myself and I had no pride going to work into work in the morning.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAppreciate all your employees, including the Contract/Temporary workers. Don't exclude them from Company events that you hold on site right in front of us and you don't need to make it so obvious and apparent that we are on the bottom of the totem pole in your eyes. Maybe if you appreciated and fairly compensated the contract employees, your employee turnover rate wouldn't be so large.

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

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