Life Technologies

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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.  

    Great company, great culture, great location

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good benefits, friendly employees, managers are supportive and open to new projects. Moving and changing roles/departments are quit easy to do. Company is supportive of your career and where you want to "lead" it. Orientation was very supportive of keeping your career within the company rather than looking else where.

    Cons

    Lack of communication between management. Could work on establishing better visions across divisions. The overall goal of the company is well understood, but the granularity of goals sometimes are hard to understand, especially as a new employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work closer together, communicate down to employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Altogether a great experience.

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

    Pros

    The intern program is GREAT. Paid holidays off, independence and freedom in the workplace (no micromanagement AT ALL), free company clothing/gear, great atmosphere, very nice employees who are kind to interns, great perks, intern events (lots of time to bond with other interns, we all became friends), excellent pay. Senior managers are also very kind and open to helping out.

    Many interns loved their stay in San Diego, because the work/life balance allows you to also enjoy the amazing summer weather outside of work and socialize with other friends/interns.

    I assume things will contract a bit though, due to the Thermo acquisition.

    Cons

    The only con I can think of was my manager.

    My day-to-day supervisor/mentor was truly amazing (as were 99% of the employees I met there), but my manager was never to-be-seen. I think I just got stuck with a lackluster one, because other interns seemed to love theirs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give clear instructions and voice your expectations. How will employees know what they need to accomplish, without you expressing it to them?

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Recommended for first time interns

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

    Pros

    Tasks are manageable and resonable

    Cons

    Learn one thing and just that one thing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time with interns

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  5.  

    Too Much Employee Turn Over

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD

    Pros

    At one time I'm told Life Technologies, Thermo Fisher or whatever they are calling themselves this week was a great place to work. Had great benefits and pay.

    Cons

    Too much employee turnover. They "lay people off" for no good reason other than to cut expenses but mostly for petty reasons. Management could care less about their employees and they foster an enviroment of enabling employees to "sell each other out" by informing on them to further their own careers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you cant manage to learn to treat your employees decenty, please resign so new management can take over. As it stands now most of you in addition to the human resources dept. at our site is horrible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Decent place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good place to work and train your yourself. Fast paced some opportunities to move around if you look to apply yourself.

    Cons

    Usually if you get promoted they don't offer you significant increases in salary. The company focuses a lot on marketing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Amazing

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

    Pros

    Great Work ethics and People

    Cons

    Going through a merger so no future hiring

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior management only care about their own career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It is close to SF

    Cons

    lousy benefit, selfish senior mgmt

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

    Motivated managers hard to find

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

    Pros

    Nice location; cafeteria in one of the adjacent buildings; telecommuting available for certain positions; peers are friendly

    Cons

    Middle management is unmotivated and very political; not driven to improve processes or team dynamics; often taking a 'wait and see if anyone remembers that they requested something' attitude; 'problem' employees are treated like hot potatoes moving from manager to manager after each re-org;health benefits are not good; raises over the past 3 years have been 3 % or less for employees with good reviews; long time employees have learned how to work under the radar to not call attention to their loss of motivation; many employees roam around doing nothing like zombies waiting for their severance packages

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Director level management should not expect to motivate employees by yelling at them or degrading them; middle level management should not lose sight of what they bring to the table and stop sitting back and waiting for someone to yell at them; clean house Thermo...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    IT

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Leader  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - IT Leader in Carlsbad, CA

    Pros

    Lots going on....Many interesting projects.....Great business

    Cons

    Constant re-prioritization, not finishing projects and consumption of your life (not work/life balance)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Current status

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Steady paycheck in difficult economy

    Cons

    No excitement, future does not look bright

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't have any they know everything

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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