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Alere Reviews

Updated July 20, 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. "Run as far as you can from this job as fast as you can."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quit Coach III in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Quit Coach III in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Able to work from home

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations, high stress, micro-management.

    Advice to Management

    Decide whether to be a call center or a place that provides high quality smoking cessation counseling.


  2. "Pretty good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Group Leader in Scarborough, ME
    Current Employee - Group Leader in Scarborough, ME
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people in upper management, cross training into different departments needed to allow great EE to become greater

    Cons

    hard to advance, pay is minimal end in production

    Advice to Management

    cross training into different departments

  3. "No room for growth"

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    Former Employee - Registration Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Registration Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to work from home was nice

    Cons

    Location was difficult to get to for work.

    Advice to Management

    Not enough visibility to say anything


  4. Helpful (1)

    "No Positive Leadership in San Diego"

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    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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Meh"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    It started out very nice, had good concept and vision. Big plus is working from home and I personally had a fantastic direct supervisor.

    Cons

    Company went downhill during the time I was there – management style deteriorated rapidly. Pay was extremely low compared to other companies as well as benefits. Typical overworked, underpaid high stress atmosphere. Too high of caseloads and too much demand/expectations. Had to move on for my own peace of mind.


  6. "Great Place to Work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alere full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Feel like I matter and can make a difference in peoples lives.
    Great friendly culture making it enjoyable to go to wok daily.

    Cons

    If you do not like to be part of a changing, evolving business then this might not be the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to value everyone and to take the time to be involved.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Repetitive"

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    Former Employee - Operator I in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Operator I in San Diego, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This company provided a lot of opportunity for overtime. If you like overtime, this is a job for you. Opportunities will open up if you continue to work hard by doing overtime and doing extra work. I also became close to my co-workers and continue to keep in touch till this day.

    Cons

    Repetitive work, job skills seem to max out after mastering each work station (meaning that you feel you have learned everything that needs to be learned for the position), Very small raise after working there for so long.

    Advice to Management

    Unsure how they are now, a new manager rolled in after leaving

  8. Helpful (1)

    "ASD"

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

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

    Pros

    in San Diego
    fulfilling work
    good site management

    Cons

    being acquired by Abbott
    low stock price
    top down communication is poor


  9. "Get it Right"

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Seattle, WA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great ideas.. legacy employees, could have been a contender.

    Cons

    Constantly promoting the wrong people with limited skill or passion for the core business. You are either a POC company or you are a lab company. You can not be both. Current upper management is only focused on selling the company and therefore are not focused on bringing quality products to market and ensuring the products work and provide the information needed by the customer to bring about change.

    Advice to Management

    Ask yourself why you are there? Are you a manager or a leader? Mostly managers with no passion. Hire talent, get rid of those who are not engaged and find your passion.


  10. "Alere North Amercia, LLC"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Mesa, AZ
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Mesa, AZ
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    The Orlando SSC is a great place to work. This is the true definition of a family environment. The employees are a great group of people!

    Cons

    There was not a lot of room for advancement. However, management did attempt to expand employees' jobs.


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