Life Technologies

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Life Technologies Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
348 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.  

    Sales

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Life Technologies

    Pros

    Good opportunity for high bonus

    Cons

    More coordination with parent company

    Recommends
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    This Review is for the Custom Primers Department Only

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    Former Employee - Associate Manufacturing Technician in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Manufacturing Technician in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Life Technologies as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Coworkers are awesome; we hang out outside of work
    - Always willing to hire recent grads with no work experience (for contract position)

    Cons

    - Management plays favorites
    - Rarely any opportunities for upward mobility
    - High turnover rate for contractors; they convert a max of 4 people per quarter depending on availability of positions
    - Make-to-order company, so business will get slow every now and then; contractors end up losing hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the leads decide on who should be converted. They're the ones that are actually on the floor and are able to gauge an employee's potential. Supervisors tend to convert the employees who go into their office and suck up to them, even if they don't work well.

    No opinion of CEO
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    Great Learning Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Life Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Opportunities to work with really smart people and work on interesting & challenging projects.

    Cons

    The workload is relentlessly demanding.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company culture!

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Life Technologies full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great development opportunities for fast career growth.
    Fun place to work for, full of challenges and fast paced projects.
    Co-workers, co-workers, co-workers!

    Cons

    Stressful as with any public traded company.
    Short term goal oriented.
    Have gone through several integrations and too many changes in management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on life work balance, make employees the priority.
    Treat employees with respect with regards to change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great Company

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

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

    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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible Place For a Temp/ Contract Worker But Seems Good For a Full-time Permanent Position

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Carlsbad, CA

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

    Pros

    The atmosphere at this company is actually pretty cool. They let you listen to your iPod, you can chat with your coworkers, your direct bosses and supervisors are usually extremely nice and relatable and there are a lot of potlucks and lunch events (as long as it was one that contracts were allowed to participate in).

    ALOT of overtime is offered, so if you're like me and take all of it, you can typically get 50+ hours per week, which is nice. Oh! And you are usually PAID WEEKLY, which is so nice and easy to budget. They are also really flexible with their schedules. You'll have a start time, but hours aren't closely monitored and if you ask, you can have any day off you want (without pay).

    One big plus is that you will gain some nice skills and keywords for building up your resume.

    Cons

    The cons really outweigh the pros I just mentioned. Take my advice and if you take a temp/contract position at this company, don't get comfortable there hoping to be converted to a permanent position (I saw too many recent grads with Biology/Engineering degrees "stuck" there because they got "comfortable" and gave up in this job market- sadly including myself until I snapped out of it). Just to give someone out there an idea- I worked here for a bit less than a year and I quit for a job doing the EXACT SAME THINGS I was doing at Life Tech/ Thermo Fisher- the main difference being that for the same duties, functions and SAME TITLE, I am making THREE TIMES MORE AN HOUR WITH FULL BENEFITS! Please take my advice and continue to apply to other jobs, and take any interviews you can. Degrees mean nothing there (for contract employees), and they will "promote" you and give more duties and responsibilities but they won't give you any more recognition or pay. One plus is that this job WILL give you a nice set of skills you can put on your resume. I won't lie- it actually did help me.

    Pay is typically very low, and for the contract/ temp employees, your pay will be in the bottom 10th percentile of similar salaries in your same field. Overtime is offered- ALOT of overtime- They usually have morning, evening and Saturday OT, so that's the only way to get a decent paycheck.

    There are NO raises and/or benefits (which you'll be notified of when you accept job), but in the interview process, they do a great job overselling the job and will all but guarantee that if you do a good job and prove yourself that you will be hired onto the company full time permanent with benefits. DON'T LISTEN!!! THEY DO NOT HIRE CONTRACT WORKERS PERMANENT AFTER THEIR CONTRACT ENDS.

    Perhaps the absolute worst part of these jobs is that the company seems to go to great lengths to let their contract workers know that they are replaceable, not as important as the permanent employees, and above all- unappreciated! I have held a lot of jobs but this job- by far- made me feel terrible about myself and I had no pride going to work into work in the morning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate all your employees, including the Contract/Temporary workers. Don't exclude them from Company events that you hold on site right in front of us and you don't need to make it so obvious and apparent that we are on the bottom of the totem pole in your eyes. Maybe if you appreciated and fairly compensated the contract employees, your employee turnover rate wouldn't be so large.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    n/a

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Life Technologies as a contractor

    Pros

    good learning environment, big corporate environment

    Cons

    contractors are not treated with care

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase support system for the contractors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Typical large company that tolerates bureaucracy

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Foster City, CA

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

    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
  10.  

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

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Pleasanton, CA

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

    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
  11.  

    Not the best, not the worst

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Carlsbad, CA

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

    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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