Life Technologies Reviews

Updated April 4, 2015
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Life Technologies President Mark Stevenson
Mark Stevenson
15 Ratings

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

  • You get to work with the sharpest mind on some pretty cutting edge tech (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Unclear communication or lack of communication from upper management (director level) (in 15 reviews)

  • Worse health benefits than their smaller competitors (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Exciting place to work

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    Former Intern - Bioinformatics Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Intern - Bioinformatics Intern in Austin, TX

    I worked at Life Technologies as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful environment, work load and outcome were clearly defined. Had wonderful exposure as an Intern to work and apply my skill set with minimum intervention.

    Cons

    None really, coz I stayed here for just 3 months, and had an amazing boss. Compensation was good especially given that I was an intern. I wish I could extend my internship or got to go back and gain more exposure on other projects.

  2. Formulations Technician

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fresno, CA

    I worked at Life Technologies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    the company has great benefits, pay, retirement

    Cons

    work life balance does not exist. Forced overtime.

  3. Good Company

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    Current Employee - Engineer II in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer II in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Life Technologies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great and nice co-worker. A lot of resource.

    Cons

    Just start and need more on site HR

    Advice to Management

    JUST START MY JOB. THE MANAGER IS GOOD.

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  5. Software Developer 3

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at Life Technologies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Love it, is great, great management

    Cons

    Company that is not fully dedicated to software developer

    Advice to Management

    keep doing whatever you are doing, you rock!

  6. Seems great at first but promotions are rare/unfair and raises lag behind inflation.

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    Current Employee - Scientist III in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist III in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at Life Technologies full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The low level managers are friendly and supportive. The atmosphere is nice and friendly. The ICP bonus system is great and provides a decent boost to your bottom line once a year. 3 weeks of vacation and 4 floating holidays. It's a megacorporation with 2,500 employees or more at the Carlsbad location alone. The weather here is amazing, the traffic is not too bad, the neighborhood is beautiful, and the ambience inside is nice too. There is a company-run cafe in one of the buildings but the food is low-Calorie health food that comes in small portions at slightly expensive prices.

    Cons

    Everything seems fine when you get hired but as the years go by everyone becomes bitter and angry over the measly raises that never beat inflation and the unfair issuance of rare promotions. I cannot speak for all departments but I am in one that is run by a notorious cheapskate who gives out less promotions and raises than everyone else. I am under the impression that promotions are given out far more often in other groups and at other sites, so perhaps you will get lucky and land a job in a group run by more generous executives.

    Employees who work hard and do as they're told and nothing else get the nod for promotions and large awards, whereas employees who innovate and raise questions are punished.

    Advice to Management

    Give raises that exceed inflation. Fire the employees that none of the underlings can work with. Abolish the post-Applied Biosystems R&D title system and implement one with more gradations.

  7. Right idea, wrong execution

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    Current Employee - Operations
    Current Employee - Operations

    I have been working at Life Technologies full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Innovative, project teams and functional colleagues excellent at relationship building, solid work-community activities, strong philosophy and decent execution in developing employees up to the manager level.

    Cons

    Try to move too fast and often miss the mark, customer-facing business functions responsible for building the market spaces don't appear to be the drivers behind operational strategy. Right idea about serving the markets they target, but not always willing to invest time and resources into getting it right. Upper management often tries to "shield" employees from their frustrations rather than communicating expectations and opportunities clearly so employees can drive to excellence.

    Advice to Management

    Measure the methods for meeting customer not only from product design requirements but through operational, quality, and regulatory requirements. Determine the ROI to meet and exceed market needs to grow in key areas. Promote that information throughout the organization. Communicate tangible information what's working, what's not, what you're doing to improve what's not working, and solicit feedback.

  8. Corporate america at its best in SD county

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Carlsbad, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    High growth industry. Some products can transform lives in a very positive way to end customers

    Cons

    Chaotic environment due to unclear responsabilities, org structure, etc

    Advice to Management

    Hurry to take best practices and make any necessary changes by considering long term action plans. Don't focus too much on wall street or short term initiatives.

  9. Nice Place To Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Production Technician in Brown Deer, WI
    Current Contractor - Production Technician in Brown Deer, WI

    I have been working at Life Technologies as a contractor (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    always something to do, clear direction from supervisors, foot in the door in the science field

    Cons

    Thermo Fisher is buying everyone out. They bought Life Technologies and are moving the Brown Deer site's production to California. A bunch of people lost their jobs because of this.

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge that more than one person could be a fault when a mistake happens.

  10. Good company to develop career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good products and great field reps to work with. Fast pace and more flexible towards customers' needs comparing to other big corporate.

    Cons

    too much company politics. Upper management team is not honest.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent to employees, and spend less time on politics

  11. Interesting work, poor management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Life Technologies full-time (more than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Diverse and. interesting work. Lots of opportunities to learn. Products are used in important diagnostics and innovative research. Work life balance is generally good. Compensation is good compared to other companies in the area.

    Cons

    Management doesn't seem to care much for employees and there isn't a much value given to the technical expertise of the workers. Management is not good at handling change and so the workplace is constantly bouncing from crisis to crisis. Very hard to advance and get promotions.

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