Life Technologies Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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Life Technologies President Mark Stevenson
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Pros
  • Cutting edge technologies are fun to work with (in 14 reviews)

  • Colleagues are very helpful and friendly, good benefits (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Once the company became Life Technologies, the upper management shifted from one based in Science to Engineering (in 15 reviews)

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

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  1. Many new projects

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    Current Employee - Not Provided
    Current Employee - Not Provided
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of great technology, dedicated people, multiple sites available. Opportunity to learn and grow. A portion of management are very good leaders

    Cons

    Not enough experienced people to go around , some managers are not good. Seems like we lose the great performers and retain the average ones.,

    Advice to Management

    Enhance the benefits package so we can attract the right people


  2. Okay company to work for

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    Former Employee - Scientist II
    Former Employee - Scientist II
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company provides a good work and personal life balance. Pay was good and matches market rate.

    Cons

    Management refrains from spending money even for small employee perks. Management lacks transparency. So, people in the company are always unhappy. High attrition rate at ALL levels. Too Frequent re-orgs (even before acquisition). Also, employees tend to be sticking to their little groups and do not like to interact with other groups.

    Advice to Management

    Please reduce re-org and let employees settle down!


  3. Sr. Forensic Specialist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Market leader in forensic HID arena - Good management - Exposed to many products in the portfolio

    Cons

    - Insufficient resources for software development - Changing priorities - Lots of turnover

    Advice to Management

    Develop more stable, strategic long-term vision.


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  5. Sales review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Life Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Realistic sales goals Great products internal support

    Cons

    Constantly changing product bag Limited advancement opportunities Lower starting salary


  6. Manufacturing Technician

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Company Culture and Technologies. Cafeteria and benefits are really good, as is the campus in Carlsbad. San Diego is also a great place to live.

    Cons

    North County does not have as much going on as further south, but on the other hand property is a lot cheaper up there and the area is growing

    Advice to Management

    I am in no position to give advice. They're killing it in my opinion, although I have not worked there since they got bought by thermo fisher. Things may be different now.


  7. Challenging product lines with minimal technical support system.

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    Former Employee - Genetic Analysis Systems Sales Representative in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Genetic Analysis Systems Sales Representative in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Life Technologies full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good people and opportunities to grow. Strong product lines within research market.

    Cons

    Upper management has limited perspective on challenges facing the market. Lack of resources.

    Advice to Management

    Stabilize account coverage and minimize overlays. Build and grow a stable technical team for reliable field support.


  8. Easy to survive in, difficult to thrive in

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    Former Employee - Scientist I in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Scientist I in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Easy to learn about the basics of how to do your job well. The people that worked there are very welcoming and diverse.

    Cons

    Felt very much like a factory, individual effort isn't noticed as much, especially in the lower positions. Changes in SOPs are not well communicated.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more efficiently and clearly.


  9. Tough place to work but good people

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Life Technologies (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fast paced environment, the days flew by. There were definitely opportunities to advance as many sought other opportunities outside the company.

    Cons

    Constantly changing environment with new financial systems and buying new companies. Tough place to work if your group had people resistant to change as mine did.

    Advice to Management

    Not really sure what advice to offer, this is a small company that got huge very very fast. It's a tough environment at times when you have folks used to "the old way" when integration and buying other companies and expansion is the new norm.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Excellent opportunity

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Life Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Willing to train, mentor and provide continuing professional education. Leadership aspires to be industry leader and clearly communicates vision and path. Flexible schedule, nice amenities on campus.

    Cons

    It can be challenging to navigate large business structure and understand nuances of businesses that have been incorporated into the company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  11. EHS Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Amazing Team Great Culture Continually improving Progress Feasible Amazing manager

    Cons

    Not much direction A little lost at time Huge expectations



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