The schedules were very flexible for the most part. Colleagues are very bright and helpful. The size of the company created a very close knit environment where interdepartmental communication were frequent.
Since the acquisition by Quest Diagnostic, Celera has slowly deteriorated. As benefits slowly aligned with corporate Quest Diagnostic, it became very clear that Celera was no longer an appealing place to work. Medical benefits offered is the bare minimum. Quest Diagnostic only observes 5 holidays per year.
Advice to Management
Please stop appeasing to the all the wishes and demands of corporate Quest Diagnostic. The future of the company was set once Quest Diagnostic became involved.
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ weeks. I interviewed at Celera Group (Alameda, CA) in June 2012.
The interview process consists of multiple panels. I met with individuals from four different departments: Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Manufacturing, Development. The day began with a meeting that included all the QC analysts, followed by a one on one with the QC manager. Then I met with the Director of QC, Director of QA, Manufacturing Chemists and Manager. The day ended with an interview with Development scientists.
Reasons for Declining
I decided to persue another job opportunity.
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