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Alere Reviews

Updated March 17, 2017
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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. "IN DEEP TROUBLE"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Alere full-time

    Pros

    Working with people who have the passion to make a change to make this company better

    Cons

    - Outdated electronic systems
    - Battle with Abbott
    - Very "silo" culture - no communication or benchmarking with other Alere sites
    - NO ACCOUNTABILITY

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees


  2. "Smoking Cessation Counselor"

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

    I worked at Alere full-time

    Pros

    Free to work from home

    Cons

    Your every word will be recorded and your every minute will be watched and counted. You'll feel like you're being spied on in your own home. You will be required to speak to a minimum number of people each day, regardless of how much close impact you feel you're having on the clients - you're not really a counselor, you're a nicotine replacement therapy drug pusher. You'll be asked to never say anything negative or derogatory about tobacco companies. Believe it or not.

    Advice to Management

    Stop calling yourselves counselors.


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    "Stay Away"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Acct Manager
    Former Employee - Acct Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have some good products and technology

    Cons

    Management has no clue on what they are doing. Mgrs lie to get ahead, dont value their employees, dont develop, its all about "ME". Production issue with key products, no good reporting system, can get reports and commissions out on time which are paid 90+ days after the quarter

    Advice to Management

    Look at yourself, quit looking to be bought and concentrate on the people you have, lots of talented people have left due to your leadership.


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    "No Positive Leadership in San Diego"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Alere full-time

    Pros

    Good and friendly co-workers; nice schedule; excellent cafeteria on site.

    Cons

    Awful leadership with no direction at management level in some departments; Hassled over their own Work/Life balance culture statement; Management went back on word many times; Many other negative issues over positive.


  6. "Clueless leadership on a rudderless ship."

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

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

    Pros

    Decent pay and better than average benefits.

    Cons

    To manny to list. Incompetent leadership with a lack of knowledge of outside sales, or even the product that the field team is selling. Mid-level to upper-level management to closed lipped on the direction and future of the company. Along with a lack of concern regarding the people that are driving revenue.

    Advice to Management

    None. They wouldn't listen before I left, I'm sure they won't listen now.


  7. "Worst ever"

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

    I worked at Alere as a contractor

    Pros

    None. Not a single pro to this company. Everything sucked.

    Cons

    The terrible environment. They live to pit their employees against each other.


  8. "Production Chemist III"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Alere full-time

    Pros

    Good people at lower level positions

    Cons

    poor compensation and ineffective management


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Never Ever"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some nice people but most of them have left eithe due to layoffs or they were tired of all the nonsense

    Cons

    Management has no clue where they are going. HR does nothing after numerous complaints about employees who think it is acdeptable to treat others in a unprofessional manner.


  10. "Not recommended"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Billing in Clearwater, FL
    Former Employee - Billing in Clearwater, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall, The health care benefits are pretty good. I seriously don't have enough pros to meet the 20 word maximum.

    Cons

    No communication, no concern for employees overall safety, unethical business practices. Unstable work environment with the abbot acquisition, if that even happens.

    Advice to Management

    If your employees aren't valued you won't be successful.


  11. "I do not recommend. Upper management is horrible."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The company used to be great before they became alere (previously biosite).

    Cons

    In the last couple years there has been all new upper management.



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