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Life Technologies Reviews in Eugene, OR

Updated April 3, 2014
Updated April 3, 2014
326 Reviews

3.2
326 Reviews
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Life Technologies President Mark Stevenson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Location and work environment is excellent (in 14 reviews)

  • Great people, good benefits, a lot of different types of positions (in 13 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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  1.  

    Summer Internship in Global Operations/EHS

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    Former Employee - Intern, Global Operations  in  Eugene, OR
    Former Employee - Intern, Global Operations in Eugene, OR

    Pros

    Great co-workers and support from supervisor, good compensation for the location and option to extend internship by working remotely part-time while attending classes for graduate degree

    Cons

    Large company and hard to reach out to different areas as an intern, delayed start date due to paperwork mishap which is more challenging to deal with in a short term contract

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with managers to smooth hiring and onboarding process

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A big company with a lot of innovation, but also a lot of bureaucracy.

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician  in  Eugene, OR
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Eugene, OR

    Pros

    A really big company with a lot of resources and projects going on at one time, meaning if you have a project, you can get it done. For most people, it was easy to move into different roles and try many job roles, and Life Tech's place in biotechnology gives you a central location to the field.

    Cons

    I found the work often very repetitive, and the times when I tried to move within the company, I found little success. My greatest dislike was the very large amount of reliance the company seemed to have on paper trails and inventory control, at times to the detriment of the work, from my perspective.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Although tools to allow better visibility of the work seem great, they also reduce the ownership that the people doing the work have.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work Environment is ruled like a high school clique.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Scientist  in  Eugene, OR
    Current Employee - Scientist in Eugene, OR

    Pros

    Able to contribute to cutting edge science that benefits all mankind.

    Cons

    Local caste system fostered rather than discouraged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can't fake genuineness. Corporate doesn't seem to care about employee satisfaction. Annual surveys point to same problems year over year without change. Employee development and training has become non-existent. This is problematic for a cutting edge biotech company. Corporate initiatives too often, and not sustained. Real change can't be effected because entrenched people wait it out. History has shown that it will soon change to some new thing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Lack of compensation at Life Technologies

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Project Management Specialist  in  Eugene, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Project Management Specialist in Eugene, OR

    Pros

    Easy to move up to new opportunities

    Cons

    Salary doesn't increase much with the promotions. Lacks compensation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Is not a bad company as long as you have a reasonable manager

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    Former Employee - Scientist II  in  Eugene, OR
    Former Employee - Scientist II in Eugene, OR

    Pros

    -My group of coworkers had a lot of characters in it
    -Good Work life balance, do your work and you will have plenty of time for yourself outside of work

    Cons

    -Extremely political with anyone at or above a manager level
    -Benefits package was average, they were definitely not trying to lead the curve in that area
    -If you got stuck with a bad manager, it could ruin your career prospect (that can be said about anyplace)
    -Many technical people are promoted to middle management positions with little to no social/people/management skills
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    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It seems like management is being advised by harvard graduate consultant types with little or no knowledge of the biotech industries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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