Life Technologies
2.9 of 5 297 reviews
www.lifetechnologies.com Carlsbad, CA 5000+ Employees

Life Technologies Reviews

Updated Apr 11, 2014
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2.9 297 reviews

                             

41% Approve of the CEO

Life Technologies CEO Gregory T. Lucier

Gregory T. Lucier

(191 ratings)

44% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Great people, good benefits, a lot of different types of positions"
    in 13 reviews
  • "You get to work with the sharpest mind on some pretty cutting edge tech"
    in 12 reviews
Cons:
  • "Unclear communication or lack of communication from upper management (director level)"
    in 14 reviews
  • "Too many re-structuring in a short time, poor health benefits"
    in 11 reviews
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Smart, interesting people and mission, terrible top management

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Foster City, CA

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

ProsPlenty of smart people working on cool projects, global roles abound. Decent compensation too

ConsThe CEO was telling employees one thing and doing another. No transparency.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake care of the scientists and engineers- they're the best asset.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Summer Internship in Global Operations/EHS

Intern, Global Operations (Former Employee)
Eugene, OR

I worked at Life Technologies as an intern for less than a year

ProsGreat co-workers and support from supervisor, good compensation for the location and option to extend internship by working remotely part-time while attending classes for graduate degree

ConsLarge company and hard to reach out to different areas as an intern, delayed start date due to paperwork mishap which is more challenging to deal with in a short term contract

Advice to Senior ManagementWork with managers to smooth hiring and onboarding process

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Difficult to shine

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Life Technologies full-time for more than 8 years

ProsLots of opportunity to work on a variety of projects.

ConsVery difficult to get promoted, even after you make large impacts.

Advice to Senior ManagementIdentify your stars and retain and reward them.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Proud to work there

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Carlsbad, CA

I worked at Life Technologies full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat people, incredibly smart but down to earth. Good benefits,

ConsHR is pro management, not pro employees

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus more on employees and integrations

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Culture evolving under Thermo to drive profitability

Senior Product Manager (Current Employee)
Carlsbad, CA

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

ProsGreat product portfolio with a empowered sales force

ConsNo work life balance possible owing to heavy demands from the job and reducing resources available for different functions

Advice to Senior ManagementHave reasonable expectations around deliverable s and their timelines. Reduce micromanagement by leadership. Train newly appointed leaders to limit their micro management

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Life at Life Tech

Scientist III (Current Employee)
Carlsbad, CA

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

ProsRelatively secure employment in today's bad biotech job market.

ConsVery bureaucratic, benefits not competitive not not competitive with most biotechs. Workload can be overwhelming.

Advice to Senior ManagementValue and reward your experienced employees or they will just move on.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great people to work with. Boring place to work.

Senior Manufacturing Technician (Former Employee)
Pleasanton, CA

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

ProsI had a blast with the people I worked with in Pleasanton. The facilities we worked in we're new and very nice.

ConsThe pay was low and they pay hourly. I guess that's what you get for working in manufacturing. The environment wasn't very challenging and most of the time was boring. There isn't much incentive to stay with the company.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Scientists don't make good product managers

User Experience Designer (Current Employee)
Ann Arbor, MI

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

ProsPeople are nice and generally great to work with. Compensation and benefits are fair.

ConsProcess and bureaucracy often gets in the way. Scientists are made product managers because of domain knowledge or experience but often do not have product management skills. Decisions seem to be made in a vacuum.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Could have been worse. But could have been a lot better.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Life Technologies

ProsThe people can be great to work with, if you choose wisely. A lot of events and morale boosters to keep employees satisfied.

ConsIt is sometimes cutthroat and the wrong manager can throw you under the bus to save their own skin. Others will back you 110% choose wisely. A lot of interoffice politics at the senior level. Inconsistent business plans and difficult schedules.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more aware of the best performers who demonstrate results instead of promoting from within the boy's club.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Working as a contractor for close to a year

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Grand Island, NY

I have been working at Life Technologies as a contractor for less than a year

ProsGreat people, good benefits, a lot of different types of positions

ConsGoing through integration and a lot of things are changing

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees, they are the best gauge of your success!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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