Life Technologies Reviews

Updated July 24, 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. Challenging product lines with minimal technical support system.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Genetic Analysis Systems Sales Representative in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Genetic Analysis Systems Sales Representative in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

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

    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.


  2. Manufacturing Technician

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Life Technologies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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.


  3. Easy to survive in, difficult to thrive in

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Scientist I in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Scientist I in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Life Technologies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    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.


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  5. Tough place to work but good people

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Life Technologies (More than a year)

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

    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Excellent opportunity

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

    I have been working at Life Technologies full-time

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

    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.


  7. EHS Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Life Technologies

    Pros

    Amazing Team Great Culture Continually improving Progress Feasible Amazing manager

    Cons

    Not much direction A little lost at time Huge expectations


  8. Helpful (1)

    Decent place to work in the area

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Island, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Island, NY

    I worked at Life Technologies (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, but benefits seemed to be constantly deteriorating. Pay is nationally competitive despite being in a lower cost area (compared to SF or Boston). Lots of long time employees at the Grand Island site, except for Plant Management that seems to change every 2-3 years. Good opportunities to work/lead different projects.

    Cons

    Benefits constantly getting worse, i.e. ESPP reduced, medical benefits reduces. Layoffs were fairly frequent (3-6 months) from 2010-2012. Company is very concerned about bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    Try to be more proactive with change and schedules, rather than reactive.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Life at Life

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Higher than typical payscale. Employee perks, group events, lunches, races, sports. Employee recognition rewards.

    Cons

    Extremely fast paced. Demanding. Stressful. Work 24/7. Calibrate/grade similar employees on a curve.

    Advice to Management

    Communication to non-management employees should be respectful. Employees create the company's success.


  10. dba

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    great people to work with

    Cons

    work and life are not unbalance


  11. Formulations Technician

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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