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Alere Reviews

Updated July 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Ability to work from home was nice (in 24 reviews)

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

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

  • Very little room for advancement (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Friendly environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Leads are all very supportive

    Cons

    No arguments inside the facility

    Advice to Management

    Full support to the employee

    Alere Response

    Sep 12, 2016 – VP, Global Talent Management

    Thank you for the review of your employment experience at Alere. So good to hear that you're having a good experience at your site and feeling supported by others - thanks for being part of the... More


  2. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Director in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Good people and company many years ago. Was going through systemic change by the time I had departed.

    Cons

    Disorganized chaos with a lack of mission and vision.

  3. "Only a stepping stone"

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Alere full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunity for recent college grads
    Great staff
    Friendly Environment

    Cons

    Low Pay
    Management was unorganized
    No sense of direction in training


  4. "Good place for people right out of college"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Alere full-time

    Pros

    There are a number of positive things to say about Alere in San Diego. The facility is clean and well maintained with ample parking. The R&D department has the friendliest staff. $1.00 coffee from the coffee cart. Large cafeteria with cheap but decent food.

    Cons

    Majority of people working in the manufacturing and QC departments are contractors, which means there is frequent training that is needed and many people come and go.

    Advice to Management

    I would recommend the management to try and work on their hiring system. I understand in large product companies like Alere the jobs such as manufacturing and testing is simple enough to where contractors are no problem. However, this causes a cycle of hiring and firing, since people can only stay for a year under the law as a contractor. You then rehire them after month. This large turnover hurts productivity by having to retrain new employees and you are unable to keep the good ones because there is no job security or benefits.


  5. "Lean company, not growth oriented."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Worked with some good co-workers.

    Cons

    No room for advancement
    Compensation
    Management
    Mismanage talent and resources

    Advice to Management

    Take time to learn your department's role and learn your employees better so that you can make better use of resources.


  6. "HR Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Alere full-time

    Pros

    good benefits, good colleagues except for the leadership team

    Cons

    Horrible HR Leadership no skills and compassion

    Advice to Management

    Clean HR and get qualified HR professionals who care about the employees


  7. "product manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Alere full-time

    Pros

    good benefits, good people to work with

    Cons

    company strategy needs more clarity

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Complex Global Organization with Entrepreneurial Spirit"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alere full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Large company with many divisions and locations around the world. Making partnerships with other people and learning more than just your immediate role helps you understand the organization better - which takes personal grit. Alere offers the opportunity to volunteer, apply for fellowships and values promotions from within when something arises. The organization now has clear direction and an engaged CEO that communicates direction and key business objectives. This company can flex and change to the changing marketplace globally and for people able to adapt, can product very exciting opportunities. The teams you'll work with internally are all great people and care about the work they do for each other but also for our customers.

    Cons

    Some divisions of Alere are better than others and like most places, some leaders are better than others. A lot of the negative reviews here tend to be very divisional or site-related (not representative of the mass organization). "Moving up" can take a long time and require commitment but people have to make their own pathway while being flexible and allow room for changes in priorities. Today won't be like tomorrow and this can exhaust people.

    Advice to Management

    Over communicate and listen to employee feedback. Practice what Alere stands for and be an actively present leader for your division.


  9. "Recptionist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly working environment and a great place to develop skills

    Cons

    health insurance is not great compared to other companies


  10. "Difficult to move"

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    Current Employee - Testing Services in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Testing Services in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Helping patients, upper senior management. Meaning the actual lead manager of the department.

    Cons

    Supervisors - If the supervisor isn't your direct supervisor, then pretty much you will get assistance with a call, or assistance with something wrong with the computer - but don't try and let them know you dislike your hours, or want out of the department, or that your supervisor really doesn't care, because it does NOT matter.

    Advice to Management

    They seriously need to look at the facts that are presented on paper. Some people take half of the calls that others take and there is no benefit to taking more calls or working harder. You might as well be a drone, or a mediocre employee. You will make the same.


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