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Applied Biosystems Reviews

Updated January 10, 2017
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  1. "Manager"

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

    Pros

    People were knowledgable and friendly

    Cons

    Salary and benefit were not competitive to market.


  2. "Amazing, innovative people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the best people I have ever worked with. Most are leading scientists in their respective fields.

    Cons

    Drifting from solutions that will enable discovery to solutions that make short-term money

    Advice to Management

    In any high-tech industry a successful future requires dedication to excellence and innovation of product not "increased shareholder value", a short-term take-the-money and run strategy.


  3. "Solution oriented, employee friendly company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applied Biosystems full-time

    Pros

    Good management. Best in class products. Advancing science was a priority, and management understood the needs of it's base and made a priority of meeting those needs.

    Cons

    Sometimes we ran very lean and the workload was higher than would be ideal for a proper work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    None.


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  5. "Interesting movie with disappointing ending"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Applied Biosystems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Diverse company which focuses on innovation

    Cons

    Does not value "tribal knowledge"

    Advice to Management

    Look back on what business decisions and the motivations historically made this company a company to recommend the products to customers in the past


  6. "Killed the best company I have ever worked for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Applied Biosystems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    People from AB
    Foster City campus
    People from AB

    Cons

    Acquired by Invitrogen
    Death of innovation
    Growth by acquisition

    Advice to Management

    Nothing that can be done now. A great company was eaten alive by a lifeless and boring company.


  7. "Cool place for rewarding experiences."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Have business procedures in place to guide research and development.

    Cons

    Need to provide more help for employees to improve their skills.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on collaboration and communications between different sites.


  8. "Great place to start a career."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good for career advancement. Lots of great people work here

    Cons

    Upper management has the appearance of being very disorganized.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management should treat employees with more respect.


  9. "Good place to start a carrer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to gain exposure to different organizations and technologies. Generally a good place to learn the industry and best practice for product development.

    Cons

    Lots of jockeying for position in management. Focus on short term fixes rather than long term success. Moving up often requires movement between organizations.

    Advice to Management

    Too much strategic planning and not enough execution of the plans. Employees are more than willing to strive for success, but need consistent guidance rather than rolling 6 month re-orgs.


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    "No Career Advancement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Sales Administrative in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Administrative in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place, if you are just wanting a job. That's all it is. Keep your head down, don't try to improve things, careful not to step on anyone's toes. Expect nothing. Just. Do. Your. Job...and you will be rewarded with very good pay and standard benefits and even an opportunity for bonus. The sales force is amazing to work with.

    Cons

    The worst career advancement opportunities, ever.

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone equally and careful not to condescend. I wasn't treated this way, but I witnessed it.


  11. "Average company...good and bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Newark, NJ
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    flexible schedule, good benefits, above average raises, company cars are nice, generous expense account

    Cons

    technical support is weak, little room to move up, don't always follow thru on customer commitments, lots of politics, long hours, head quarters is in california but field engineers rarely get to go...home office

    Advice to Management

    if what you do is working for you, then keep on doing it



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