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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Difficult to shine

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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
  2.  

    Working as a contractor for close to a year

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Grand Island, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Island, NY

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Going through integration and a lot of things are changing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees, they are the best gauge of your success!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    It was awesome experience

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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 as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Work Environment, good salary, good technologies they are using, good food,

    Cons

    you have work at Life Tech

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You guys are awesome

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company that should only improve with the Thermo Fisher acquisition

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    Former Employee - Product Specialist
    Former Employee - Product Specialist

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

    Pros

    Great PTO and benefits, work/life balance, employee devlopment, excellent technologies

    Cons

    High turnover in mid to upper-level management within Life Tech causes strategies to change often

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Life at Life Tech

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist III  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist III in Carlsbad, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value and reward your experienced employees or they will just move on.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Culture evolving under Thermo to drive profitability

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Carlsbad, CA

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

    Pros

    Great product portfolio with a empowered sales force

    Cons

    No work life balance possible owing to heavy demands from the job and reducing resources available for different functions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Life Technologies

    Pros

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

    Cons

    It 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 ManagementAdvice

    Be more aware of the best performers who demonstrate results instead of promoting from within the boy's club.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    The work never stops

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Life Technologies

    Pros

    The people are great, there are lots of opportunities to work with some of the best technology, and the environment is very entrepreneurial. (at least this was true prior to Thermo)

    Cons

    Everything is a priority, the priorities are always changing, deadlines are unrealistic yet you are expected to deliver anyway. Women are not valued or promoted in most areas of the company, particularly IT. (just count the number of women in leadership positions or ask the last time a woman was promoted into one - maybe 5 years ago?)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out what the priorities are and stick with them long enough to make some progress. Eliminate the boys club and favortism so everyone has a chance to shine.

  10.  

    Sr. Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Carlsbad, CA

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

    Pros

    Close to my home, the company is stable, job is challenge and Aggressive. It is prety ok to work with.

    Cons

    Work too hard, Every body work under pressure. most people work over time and weekend. need balance between job and life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    balance employee's life and work

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work at!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Scientist II  in  Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Scientist II in Frederick, MD

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

    Pros

    Work Culture, Career Development, Employees, Community Involvement

    Cons

    Few cons, but none worth mentioning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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