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Alere Reviews

Updated August 16, 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. "Good company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alere full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with and for

    Cons

    Very big = very bureaucratic at times


  2. "Never a dull moment! Good things on the horizon"

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    Current Employee - Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Teamwork driven environment. Great corporate culture

    Cons

    Sometimes changes take too much time to implement

    Advice to Management

    Continue to engage & listen to employees.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Decent company, high turnover"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alere part-time

    Pros

    Most co-workers were nice, paid every 2 weeks on time, mostly friendly management

    Cons

    Mundane work, working every Saturday, work can be super slow or super busy, very high turnover. When I started, I didn't know there was 1 other girl in my department. She was usually a no show or arrived very late and did not care about anything or anyone.

    Advice to Management

    Up the salary and hire better quality employees.


  4. "Alere Sales Representative"

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    Current Employee - Area Business Executive in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Area Business Executive in Jacksonville, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a Great work culture that fosters creativity and personal/professional development.

    Cons

    In comparison to our competition we have Limited Marketing Resources.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to grow the business and expand.

    Alere Response

    Aug 16, 2017 – Director, Global Talent Acquisition

    Many thanks for your comments. Great tip on the marketing resources - I will ensure it gets passed on.


  5. "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.

    Alere Response

    Aug 16, 2017 – Director, Global Talent Acquisition

    Thank you for your feedback and there is a lot of change taking place as we continue to focus on our mission to be the global leader in Point of Care Rapid Diagnostics. Our vision is: Knowing now... More


  6. Helpful (1)

    "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


  7. Helpful (2)

    "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.

    Alere Response

    Aug 16, 2017 – Director, Global Talent Acquisition

    Really helpful feedback, thank you. We have focused a lot on our hiring with the creation of a global Talent Acquisition team working closely with HR colleagues. Still a lot of work to be done - we... More

  8. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  9. "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

    Alere Response

    Aug 16, 2017 – Director, Global Talent Acquisition

    It is disappointing to read your comments as, in my own experience, our HR colleagues really do care about our employees. If you would like to reach out to me directly, I should be delighted to... More


  10. "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


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