Life Technologies

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Life Technologies Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
332 Reviews
3.2
332 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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    intern

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    Former Employee - Intern in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Foster City, CA

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

    Pros

    working at life tech makes you "feel good" because you're working for a good cause and the people working there are all good since they also chose to work for the benefit of everyone in healthcare.. so i enjoyed working with the people.

    Cons

    internship wasn't very structured so I ended up wasting time and not learning a lot.. I also thought that the job description didn't match the internship at all so that was disappointing. I wish it was more structured and more than one intern in one project rather than one intern in a different project. this is because some interns had good supervisors that gave them a solid project whereas others did not.

  2.  

    Good company to build your experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The co-workers are great and friendly, there is a sense of teamwork. Good place to learn and grow skillsets.

    Cons

    HQ and execs were located in Carlsbad. Less face time and there is uncertainty of moving teams down south

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Smart bunch of people

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Carlsbad, CA

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

    Pros

    Nice people. Smart people. Good pay.

    Cons

    When we were bought out by Thermo Fisher there was a lot of unsurety about who would be staying and going. Communication was lacking from immediate managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    It was an ok place to work.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Life Technologies

    Pros

    The people that you work with are good.

    Cons

    Temporary contract job that ended early without any warning whatsoever.

  6.  

    Corporate Atmosphere - goes through the motions

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Life Technologies

    Pros

    Retirement benefits, stock options, fruit friday motivates people to include fruit in their diet

    Cons

    May be variable by site - scheduling demands (weekends and nights)
    Common trend in biotech: Decisions made by finance team rather than scientists who do the work
    Science becomes profit-driven which can interfere with major discoveries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask for and listen to feedback of your team doing the work (and not anyone else in a role to speak for or be above that team)

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    great company, great place to work

    Cons

    work life balance was not good

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Business Development Intern

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    Former Employee - Business Development Intern in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Business Development Intern in Carlsbad, CA

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

    Pros

    Company has great managers. The headquarters space is very cool. Carlsbad and the drive to work is beautiful. They're a great large public company.

    Cons

    It is so big. Growth strategy is largely acquisition which can sometimes hinder focus on internal growth. Sometimes you can get stuck just doing work by yourself in your cube.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote Ronnie Andrews. He is one of the best leaders that I have ever seen. He really inspires, leads, and cares for his employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Challenging but very stressful

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    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Unique role as a tool provider for the life sciences industry, exciting technologies, smart scientists and co-workers

    Cons

    Very frequent re-organizations, mergers and employee turnovers, 24/7 on-call mentality, serious burn-out of very good dedicated people, too much focus on current-quarter returns

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people and long-term R&D, commit to real work/life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Intern

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    Current Employee - Intern in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at Life Technologies as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great work environment, all levels of workers highly motivated and easy going, laid back,, and very relaxed work clothes, provide classes to learn pertinent material.

    Cons

    Don't have any thing bad to say about the company. Overall a great experience with co-workers and all levels of management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Calabasas, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Calabasas, CA

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

    Pros

    I worked with a talented and respectful group of people. I loved the company culture, great campus, lunch room environments and gym. Fast paced you certainly couldn't get bored working here.

    Cons

    Not enough people to get the work done in a timely fashion. Too much overtime.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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