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Life Technologies Reviews

Updated November 16, 2014
Updated November 16, 2014
338 Reviews
3.2
338 Reviews
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Life Technologies President Mark Stevenson
Mark Stevenson
7 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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  1. 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
  2. 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
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    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
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  5. 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
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good company, pay, and benefits, but limited growth potential

    Former Employee - Senior IT Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Senior IT Engineer in Carlsbad, CA

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

    Pros

    Good (not great) working environment, good benefits (including the on-site gym). Company takes reasonable effort to keep cost of health care in check without giving up too much of the service. Good pay.

    Cons

    Limited growth potential. Practically speaking, among all people I've seen there, if people wanted to grow, they left the company. The HR *think* they are committed to career nurturing, in fact, it is very difficult to grow inside the company. Additionally, people may develop a feeling of being detached from the strategic mission, because their voice practically not heard (which perhaps not surprising, giving the size of the company)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide environment where people could grow.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good company to work for

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    Former Employee - Senior Field Applications Scientist in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Field Applications Scientist in Rockville, MD

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

    Pros

    Big company to have many opportunities for one to grow

    Cons

    Depending on the division you are working at, the culture may be different. And some of them are not that great

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Sr. Associate Business Excellent Specialist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Life Technologies

    Pros

    Fast paced. The projects allow no time for slacking

    Cons

    If you are looking for a small company, this isn't for you

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Foster City. Smart people, famous "great" workplace culture not always accurate.

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    Former Employee - Content Manager in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Content Manager in Foster City, CA

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

    Pros

    Most people there value your contributions more than the time you spend at the office. The teams are very coordinated and connected; they communicate every step of the way. They trust you to work with high-level staff within a very short period of time. Very interesting and exciting body of knowledge with which to work.

    Cons

    Training was by documentation; the documentation was out of date, which we learned by spending time producing the wrong results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's a relevant adage: "Most people don't leave their jobs--they leave their managers." Like in most work environments, some of the managers would benefit (and their teams would benefit) if they took management courses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good opportunity, changes are coming

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    Current Employee - Scientist in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in South San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities for ambitious people. Cool technologies to provide a lot to learn. Talent people to work with. High octane `pace to test one's mettle. Decent compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    Corporate politics start to affect work. Different teams tend to point fingers rather than collaborate for which the senior management not always acts like a good referee. Constant changes since the acquisition and more on the horizon.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    No much life at Life Technologies

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Life Technologies as a contractor

    Pros

    The quality of the people and products at LT are amazing. It is a good step in the way to a good company such as Illumina.

    Cons

    The company has no loyalty to its employees. When the 4th quarter arrives no job is safe. Therefore, many of the people working are contractors. Contracts are easy to cancel without notice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to appreciate your employees and worry less about the landscaping!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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