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Life Technologies Reviews

Updated August 9, 2014
Updated August 9, 2014
326 Reviews

3.2
326 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)

  • Great people, good benefits, a lot of different types of positions (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Unclear communication or lack of communication from upper management (director level) (in 14 reviews)

  • Worse health benefits than their smaller competitors (in 12 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Typical large company that tolerates bureaucracy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Foster City, CA

    Pros

    The company was located in a nice city.

    Cons

    Worse health benefits than their smaller competitors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micro-managing, allow product quality to determine product deadlines

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Company has been/will be in Flux due to ownership changes.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer  in  Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Pleasanton, CA

    Pros

    Many opportunities to shine. There are also many good managers.

    Cons

    Politics (local vs remote). You are hosed if you are not aligned/working with the right Manager. IT is either outsourced (desktop support), or remotely managed (from Carlsbad), new owner (Thermo Fisher) is headquartered in MA.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Not the best, not the worst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Carlsbad, CA

    Pros

    Good salary and bonuses. Lots going on.

    Cons

    Very political. Its not always clear who is getting promoted or what the reason is. Although there were some really great people there, some others seemed more concerned with their own careers than the company or their colleagues. There was constant talk about work -life balance, but not a whole lot of it to see. The company was really loosing its charm prior to and after recent acquisition by Thermo Fischer. Seemed like a good time to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA

    Pros

    Very smart, high tech group of people. Great work environment
    Salary good

    Cons

    HR is pro management only. They need to work on employee retention
    Preferences to kiss-up employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See above regarding Cons

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Difficult to shine

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to work on a variety of projects.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify your stars and retain and reward them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Summer Internship in Global Operations/EHS

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern, Global Operations  in  Eugene, OR
    Former Employee - Intern, Global Operations in Eugene, OR

    Pros

    Great 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

    Cons

    Large 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 ManagementAdvice

    Work with managers to smooth hiring and onboarding process

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    The job was good, but the management lacked.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The pay was good. The benefits were good.

    Cons

    The management explicitly asked for perfection in work performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Very boring environment.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Don't get me wrong, the people were kind.

    Cons

    Maybe this was just my department (software) but I found it very boring and non-collaborative. The cubicle environment was depressing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work towards a more exciting environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Smart, interesting people and mission, terrible top management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of the scientists and engineers- they're the best asset.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great people to work with. Boring place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manufacturing Technician  in  Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manufacturing Technician in Pleasanton, CA

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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