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Alere Overview
Waltham, MA
5001 to 10000 employees
Company - Public (ALR)
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
Alere is the leading developer and manufacturer of rapid point-of-care diagnostics. We provide healthcare professionals with the
information they need to decide on proper treatment, so we must
strive for reliable, high-performance diagnostic tests. When our ... Read more

Mission: In life and in our business, Knowing now matters.™

Knowing now matters™ because we care deeply about making our products accessible to customers in areas where we can make the
greatest difference. No other company can do what ... Read more

Alere – Why Work For Us?


Knowing now matters.™ Alere delivers reliable and actionable information through rapid diagnostic tests, resulting in better clinical and economic healthcare outcomes globally.


Means we provide healthcare professionals with the information they need to assist in making treatment decisions by developing reliable, high-performance diagnostic tests.


Our goal is to create a world where there is no more guessing or waiting. Knowingnow changes everything when our products provide immediate, actionable information so that both clinical and economic healthcare outcomes can improve.


We care deeply about making our products accessible to customers in areas where we can make the greatest difference because we believe that every lifematters.

Quality First

As a leader in the healthcare diagnostics field, we are committed to delivering quality products and services that patients and providers can rely on for consistently accurate and actionable information. We have implemented or are in the process of implementing the following programs and processes to ensure that we achieve the highest levels of quality:

Quality First

We developed a program to help drive a culture of quality throughout the entire organization. At Alere, we pride ourselves on being a Global Quality organization that is aligned with our businesses in our ‘Quality First’ mentality.

Global Quality Metrics

We have established global quality metrics across all of our manufacturing sites in order to deliver a higher level of quality and compliance visibility. Through these metrics, we are able to provide reliable product supply and performance, and deliver successful compliance performance and customer complaint resolution.

Agile Product Life Cycle Management

We are in the process of deploying a system to standardize processes globally and facilitate collaboration and delivery.


We believe that fundamental changes to the way healthcare is practiced are inevitable, and we aim to successfully drive those changes well into the future. We deploy unique technologies that innovate transformative diagnostic products with proven clinical and economic outcomes.

Some examples of the scope of our innovation include:

  • The Alere isothermal molecular technology platform, which combines the performance of traditional PCR-based molecular testing with the speed and convenience of rapid diagnostic testing.
  • The epoc® Blood Analysis system is the first and only point-of-care solution for testing blood gases, electrolytes and metabolites.
  • A range of connectivity solutions that enable rapid point of care and in-home diagnostics to transmit data in real-time to a single integrated Alere platform – all managed centrally by our CloudCare environment.

The integration of these and existing technologies will drive greater quality, accessibility and effectiveness in healthcare.

Alere operates in a fast-paced, ever-changing, fiercely competitive environment. To succeed as a high performing global enterprise, we are joining forces as One Alere. This means we strongly agree, and act on, the driving values behind our mission.

Having a strong and cohesive culture makes achieving our mission possible. Our culture is a driving force behind an employee's engagement and performance, and ultimately, our success in the markets we serve. We engage deeply caring and talented employees who want to establish One Alere. They are people who make a difference, leading change in their teams and workplaces, and inspiring others to take action consistent with our culture pillars.

Building One Alere is a journey for us; we embrace transformational leaders and encourage all employees to reinforce the culture pillars in their daily work lives.

We believe in…

Quality First

Quality touches everything we create, do and deliver. Healthcare professionals and patients depend on Alere for the highest quality products.

Patient Focus

We empower employees to make the right choices with the patient in mind.  And our actions have a profound impact on people’s lives. 


We deliver new ideas that work.  We lead our industry by deploying transformational diagnostic products and health information solutions.   We do not chase the market – we create it.  We do not react - we lead.


Collaboration fuels our business.  Whether it happens between employees, partners or customers, collaboration unlocks innovation, insight, and engagement.


Sharing information is everyone’s responsibility.  It is a significant tool for greater engagement and strategic alignment.                           


Do the right things and get the right things done.  We believe it is up to us, and none other, to ensure success.  Creating higher levels of ownership engages and empowers us to do all that we can to ensure results are achieved.


Making a Difference

We are on a mission to be the best at delivering reliable and actionable information through rapid diagnostic tests. Our secret advantage lies in our talented, diverse and passionate workforce. We engage high performers who focus on the customer’s needs and stretch outside their comfort zones to achieve great results. They leverage their strengths and are comfortable challenging the status quo and each other. Across the globe, highly collaborative teams are bringing innovative solutions to customers, patients and communities.

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    Leads are all very supportive


    No arguments inside the facility

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    Full support to the employee

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Alere Interviews



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    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Alere.


    I spoke with 3 employees and 2/3 of the interview went well. Those felt engaging and informative. The test giver spent 6mins talking and offered a SQL test on PAPER. Who writes out SQL on paper? The test was 10 questions with multiple sub-questions (so more like 25-30). He just worked away on his computer and then shoved the test in the file cabinet.

    With a decade and a half of experience for a junior position, the feedback was surprising. I wasn't up to "caliber" for what I was told were "antiquated" systems. The SQL was basic, but I didn't finish because handwriting fully valid SQL takes time. I felt he acted like interviewing was beneath him.

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Alere Awards & Accolades

  • Fortune 500, Fortune, 2015

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