Life Technologies Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
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  1. Great place to work at!

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    Former Employee - Scientist II in Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Scientist II in Frederick, MD

    I worked at Life Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work Culture, Career Development, Employees, Community Involvement

    Cons

    Few cons, but none worth mentioning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. What horrible company

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    Former Employee - Material Handler in Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Material Handler in Frederick, MD

    I worked at Life Technologies full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good hours my Co workers were very helpful.

    Cons

    Horrible management going to the cooler to the freezer wasn't any fun. It was hard to meet the quota when there were so many people in both rooms.I got yelled at because a product was in a wrong spot and it was a problem and I addressed it only to get yelled at for it then I was laid off later that day. Before we started the so called management went over the quotas and filled out a chart. I thought we were in a kindergarten class.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There shouldn't be any time on getting the product. People work in different pace and people who work hard but not as fast shouldn't be fired. Hire mangers that know what the hell there doing and treat people with respect. Get rid of the temp company hire full-time employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Great growth opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Frederick, MD

    I have been working at Life Technologies full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with; Many opportunities for growth; opportunities for cross training and building skill sets

    Cons

    Only thing constant with Life is change

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Too Much Employee Turn Over

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD

    I have been working at Life Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    At one time I'm told Life Technologies, Thermo Fisher or whatever they are calling themselves this week was a great place to work. Had great benefits and pay.

    Cons

    Too much employee turnover. They "lay people off" for no good reason other than to cut expenses but mostly for petty reasons. Management could care less about their employees and they foster an enviroment of enabling employees to "sell each other out" by informing on them to further their own careers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you cant manage to learn to treat your employees decenty, please resign so new management can take over. As it stands now most of you in addition to the human resources dept. at our site is horrible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Life Technologies is great for full time employees, not so much for temps.

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    Current Contractor - Inventory Control Specialist in Frederick, MD
    Current Contractor - Inventory Control Specialist in Frederick, MD

    I have been working at Life Technologies as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great working environment, friendly people.

    Cons

    Temps are routinely terminated without notice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give temps notice of termination, and implement training programs for all new employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Contract Hire Experience

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    Former Employee - Desktop Support Engineer in Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Desktop Support Engineer in Frederick, MD

    I worked at Life Technologies full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team to work with. My experience afforded me OJT that I had not expected.

    Cons

    Being a contractor. It seems that Life Technologies would have been a great company to work for.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. I Thought Sweat Shops Were Only In Third World Countries?

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Frederick, MD

    I have been working at Life Technologies full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Not a whole lot positive going for them, particularly at the Frederick,MD distribution site. I'm sure some of those in other departments who make six figure salaries are reasonably happy though.

    Cons

    Too many incompetant supervisors and "wannabe" bosses. Frederick Distribution management and the Human Resources reps at the same site have little to no integrity. Constant changes in procedures make it very difficult if not impossible to achieve quotas, yet they somehow manage to blame the employee over something they are responsible for causing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating you're employees like garbage, stop catering to the butt kissing yes men who fawn over you because believe me, if you knew what they REALLY say about you you'd need therapy to overcome the insecurity you would experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Sorry excuse for an employer and an embarassment to the biotech industry

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Material Handler in Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Material Handler in Frederick, MD

    I worked at Life Technologies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Occasionally come up with great ideas, but they change direction and do the exact opposite of what the idea they came up with in the first place.

    Cons

    Same as above in Pros, but when they change direction/procedures they dont communicate to employees and have nerve to lecture/reprimand you for something they failed to tell you. Also very little compassion or concern for their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to talk to your employees properly, stop treating temp employees like dirt.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Exasperated

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Frederick, MD

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

    Pros

    Good products. Good reputation. Hard working, talented operations and support teams.

    Cons

    Poor management. Poor communication. Very political (mucho brown nosing required to get ahead). Frequent re-orgs/layoffs with resulting low personnel morale and folks carrying more duties (with no additional comp).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open. Stop making advancement a zero sum exercise.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Just an OK company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist in Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Scientist in Frederick, MD

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with on the ground level.

    Many opportunities to collaborate with other very talented scientists across the company.

    Many great opportunities to work with and get exposed to other job functions (marketing, product development, operations, quality).

    Cons

    Upper management continues to strip away more benefits from its employees every year.

    Upper management also lacks the patience and tenacity that are required to carry new projects through thecommercialization process, causing scientists to develop relatively simple products that do not challenge the mind.

    R&D scientists spend too much time on the "D" and not the "R" .

    R&D scientists are also continually distracted from their primary job function of conducting experiments in order to support non-scientist related tasks related to marketing and product development. Don't get me wrong, the distraction is nice but it is too often and at the end of the day, upper management only cares about things which are tangible and that would be experimental results.

    Well deserved and overdue promotions within the company are very difficult to get.

    Overall, the company does not try hard enough to retain its employees and only seems to care about pleasing the stockholders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your company is only as good as your employees so you should seriously start thinking about their well-being (even in this economic climate).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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