Life Technologies

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Life Technologies Reviews

Updated January 18, 2015
Updated January 18, 2015
347 Reviews
3.1
347 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)

  • 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Legacy Life Technologies was far better!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Transition time is tough but overall good company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company, Bad Management in Customer Care

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    I worked for Life Technologies as a contractor and then full-time.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    -Delightful coworkers
    -Great location
    -Flexible hours
    -Good pay

    Cons

    -Too many organizational changes
    -Contractors could be terminated without notice
    -Training structure could use some improvements

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great HR, but seems has little science background

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Life Technologies

    Pros

    great company to work for, but has tons of PHD, HR is super nice.

    Cons

    has tons of PHD, no developing space for bachelor and master

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    LIFE has been lost forever :-(

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Life Technologies

    Pros

    CEO, COO, innovation, development,

    Cons

    work / life balance
    legal and finance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take back Greg

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Continually challenging work frought with an overabundance of mismanagement. 13 direct supervisors in 18 years.

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

    I worked at Life Technologies full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Challenging environment. Surrounded by exceptionally smart people. Cutting edge technology. Very cool to be a part of this. Better than average pay considering the locality. Reasonable opportunity for advancement if one would relocate.

    Cons

    Once the company became Life Technologies, the upper management shifted from one based in Science to Engineering. Scientists, (the ultimate innovators), were pushed out by engineering strategies and once that became the norm, the engineer's mind began to apply engineering principles to personnel staffing and operations. This severely narrowed new ideas and the ability to try something radical. Fear of reprisal dented the scientist's mindset that trying and failing is ok. This is the great shame of LTC. It not only affected scientific personnel but practically all of operations. Now, there are some areas of operations where task based improvement can work, but it will only go so far. In my opinion, in almost all endeavors that involve people, their brain should not be limited by an engineer's perspective. It must remain wide open at all times, with enough empowerment in their immediate environment, so their ideas are valued and enough of them are incorporated so as to create the culture of advancement. The other negative that occurred as LTC became the world juggernaught it was to become was that local site's autonomy was taken away in pieces and the sites became production sites only without any of the innovation that the local expertise may have built up over decades of working on their specialty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take advantage of local expertise.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    intern

    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Difficult place to work and develop a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in South San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    * Wonderful peers in my business area with highly collaborative spirit
    * Cutting edge technologies are fun to work with

    Cons

    * Too many organizational changes (starting long before the Thermo Fisher acquisition) make it difficult to gain traction with direct manager who is often key to career growth and promotions
    * Leaders centralize decision making to high levels of the organization, making it difficult for employees to make a positive impact on the company's strategy
    * Managers often seem to be more interested in gaining power than doing the right thing for the business
    * Short-term focus on financial results often leads to failure to capitalize on longer-term strategies or to put the customer first in the business relationship
    * Divisions are more apt to compete with each other rather than collaborate to create innovations, which is at odds with the stated culture of the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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