Life Technologies

www.thermofisher.com
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Life Technologies Reviews

Updated February 23, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015
353 Reviews
2.8
353 Reviews
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Life Technologies President Mark Stevenson
Mark Stevenson
13 Ratings

Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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

    Pros

    Love it, is great, great management

    Cons

    Company that is not fully dedicated to software developer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep doing whatever you are doing, you rock!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company to develop career

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Good place to work with a lot of fun people

    Cons

    Very weak middle level managers, bad benefit

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Interesting work, poor management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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.

    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Legacy Life Technologies was far better!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Benicia, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Benicia, CA

    I have been working at Life Technologies

    Pros

    Legacy Life Technologies was far better! Life technologies had a great work culture.

    Cons

    Thermo Fisher management doesn't care about employees!! no culture!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to what employees want

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Transition time is tough but overall good company

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    Former Employee - Technical Sales Specialist in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Technical Sales Specialist in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Lots of Autonomy, Great Benefits, Nice commission structure, Great team, intelligent people, Likes to higher scientific personal so seen as a resource to customer.

    Cons

    Merger causing many shifts in personnel, Not enough resources to sales, miscommunication between product management and sales, layoffs and realignment, NO TRAINING at all. Work Life balance is difficult especially if you would like to move up ladder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more resources and training to team.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company, Bad Management in Customer Care

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits: 3 extra floading holidays on top of regular vacation and holidays
    Decent Health Care Insurance
    Good Pay for the position in the region

    Cons

    Bad management. Can't make up their minds on new ideas and some don't have a clue as to what's going on in the organization other bossing people around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stict to a plan. Stict to decisions. And get a degree if you can to see how to manage a business.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of politics, hidden agendas, and understaffed on key initiatives

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Life Technologies

    Pros

    Pay is better than average. If you can get a severance package take it. Some people are nice. Technology and products make a difference.

    Cons

    * Market dominance across many sectors means that if you're lazy or under perform; nothing happens.
    * Culture has a lot of back stabbing and side-room deals.
    * Company claims innovation, but its competency and main concerns are in managing legacy businesses.
    * Lack of overall best practices.
    * Little credence given to true business acumen; scientists think they are business people and can "pick it up", R&D likes to play product management and make commercial decisions
    * Lots of organization churn and endless debate over things that make no material sense for the business or customer.
    * Leadership claims they are looking for innovation, but punishes failure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let product management do their job and own the product. Let R&D develop and deliver the product, not make product or commercial decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    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

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