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Pros
  • Ability to work from home was nice (in 23 reviews)

  • Owsen culture, work life balance (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • Lots of upper management bickering and backstabbing (in 15 reviews)

  • There isn't much room for growth (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Human Resource"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great job. Great work life balance. Flex time and vacation accrual was good. Friendly people who care about you and your health.

    Cons

    Some managers should not be managers


  2. "Personal Health Coach RN"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Personal Health Coach RN in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Personal Health Coach RN in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alere full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Learn as you go, be a very quick learner. Be proficient, and keep your head down.

    Cons

    Again, learn as you go, be a very quick learner. Also, be proficient, keep your head down, and keep quiet, even if you are encouraged to let management help you. It is better to ask than make a mistake but they tally as you go with them.

    Advice to Management

    Learn the worth of what you truly have in personnel collateral (this was the term I heard used a lot). Smiling faces sometimes they don't tell the truth, beware of the pat on the back; it just might hold you back. Your management teams play favorites, they won’t ask, they assume. There are no benefits of the doubt.


  3. "Retirement plan admim"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Retirement Plans Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Retirement Plans Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Alere (More than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive salary, great benefits which are cost effective

    Cons

    Racist remarks by upper management, favoritism by having employee who are your friend and are not qualified for their position

    Advice to Management

    One Alere model needs implementing on every level...no place for politcs in work place


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    "Unfair Practices"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Alere full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The salary was decent. Most of the people in the company were pleasant and professional.

    Cons

    The diabetes department had many, many flaws, which included racial bias, favoritism, false discipline and sabotage.

    Advice to Management

    Take complaints seriously. I witnessed multiple complaints go unaddressed and the employee either left out of frustration or they were fired for unfair reasons.


  6. "Great corporate environment, nice coworkers, but limited advancement."

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    Former Employee - Information Technology in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment - good coworkers.

    Cons

    Limited advancement - the department I was really interested in never had an employee leave, so they never needed to hire anybody else!

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within, provide training and classes, really strive to help your employees succeed.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Good start, some growth, bad end"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager, Support Services in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Manager, Support Services in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Alere full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good learning experience
    Good co-workers
    Good Pay
    Good middle management
    Descent Accrual of PTO
    Somewhat descent work-from-home opportunities

    Cons

    Seems to be an increasing "Need" to perform head-count reduction
    Lack of training opportunities
    Lack of career path enhancement
    Upper management claims to want to be proactive but never seems to get out of reactive mode
    As with most companies the problem is rarely with folks at the lower levels... they do their jobs and get things done, it seems to be that the problems stem from the top several tiers where most of the money is earned and people are rewarded even though the decisions they make are not benefitting the company

    Advice to Management

    Start performing your RIFs from the top down. Leave the seasoned employees, who are doing their jobs, alone and promote from within.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible IT organization"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Alere full-time

    Pros

    Very few. Only one I can think of is the casual dress code. There are some good employees left (but very few).

    Cons

    As some others have noted the culture and organizational structure in IT is toxic and has been for many years. The heads of IT (CIO, eVP's, VP's, etc) are absolutely not qualified to be in their positions. They treat the employees like peons with loathing and disrespect. It is both the "old guard" that is the problem and the new people they have brought in (who are spending money all over the place while laying off the people that do the work).

    This is one of the least process / procedure driven IT organizations I've ever seen.

    Other reviews go more in depth about the level of disfunction but I will sum it up with "toxic".

    Advice to Management

    You must first stop the bleeding before you can fix the problem.

    1) Realize the long term strategies (and people) that have put you in this situation.
    2) Realize that the new team you've brought in are just creating more chaos while burning money. I suspect they will get their bonuses and then leave you in a smoking hole.
    3) Step back, re-evaluate, start valuing your employees and changing the culture to reward accomplishments.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "More layoffs than you can shake a stick at."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Alere full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lax dress code - jeans environment
    Work from home
    Wellness programs

    Cons

    Terrible organizational culture
    Quarterly stealth layoffs
    Overworked and under appreciated
    Terrible management
    Very top - heavy organization
    Brain drain - lots of great people are leaving
    Ever - reducing health benefits; high premiums
    High corporate management turnover
    Activist investors
    Decreasing health improvement client base - constant fear of being sold due to loss of contracts
    Micromanaging at its finest
    2 percent salary increases
    No 401(k) match
    No job security - constantly in fear of being laid off
    Poor communication from management

    Advice to Management

    You have lost and will continue to lose great people. The environment that you create is caustic and oppressive. You have great people that you do not cultivate. For many, the only way to move up is to move out. It's endemic in this organization.

    I am fearful of Alere's prospects, especially on the health management side. Your customer service operation is a joke and you will continue to lose clients if your practice is to hire low - wage contractors to interact with your clients' members. They are not properly trained and it shows.

    The direction of Alere seems rudderless. The CEO and COO are all over the place and the deception and obfuscation about the state of the company is apparent and the town halls do nothing to mask how poorly the company is doing. In fact, they make it more apparent.

    It goes without saying that Alere is not a meritocracy. The capable get shafted and the cunning are rewarded - this is probably not unique to Alere, but should be noted.

    I worked for Alere a little over three years - saw about 3 or 4 division presidents and 3 division CEOs. Get what I'm saying? There is no job stability, career growth and the stealth layoffs are completely demoralizing. To boot, there are no announcements - one moment the person you regularly work with will just stop replying to business emails, it's only when you look in the directory or call them that you realize they are gone. Alere has a culture which finds this completely acceptable. A contributing factor to why the company is in decline.

    This is a dying company. I predict whole divisions will be sold or phased out. If you can help it start your career with a competitor - Humana, United Healthcare, Healthways, etc. Not only are the starting salaries generally below market value, you only get pay increases of 2 percent. This is standard across the board no matter your marks and there us NO 401(k) match. Just look elsewhere.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "If you want to be treated terribly, this is the place to work!!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Alere full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working remotely - use that time to look for another job!!!!

    Cons

    Pay is way below market value
    Managers and VPs are horrible - treat everyone like dirt
    Managers will take credit for your work then blast you for the most mundane things.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the multiple layers of VPs - too top heavy
    Compensate employees at market value - and a 2% raise is not motivation to stick around
    Coach managers and VPs on how to treat others


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Be happy you have a job"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - RN Case Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - RN Case Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alere full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work from home, good co workers

    Cons

    Supervisors lack training, they always tell you the same tag lines, salaries are below norm and raise are 2% a year. All of the lay offs in this company make people scared. Look for another job, they are out there. Just because alere makes you believe you can do no better it is not true. I left and found a job as a case manager and am making a 6 figure salary. It's true. There are companies that pay you incentives to work. I went up 40,000 a year. Just open your eyes.

    Advice to Management

    Make people managers from within. Stop making yourself top heavy again. You will topple. ,



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