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  1. "Overall, a good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Berkeley HeartLab offered the opportunity to work with caring people and some were very good at their jobs. We felt we made a difference in patient's lives with new technology that helped lower their risk of heart disease.

    Cons

    There were many changes around that time and it was tough to tell what direction the company was going. We weren't always sure why we were doing what we were doing.


  2. "Quality Control Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Specialist, Quality Control Analyst in Alameda, CA
    Former Employee - Specialist, Quality Control Analyst in Alameda, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The schedules were very flexible for the most part. Colleagues are very bright and helpful. The size of the company created a very close knit environment where interdepartmental communication were frequent.

    Cons

    Since the acquisition by Quest Diagnostic, Celera has slowly deteriorated. As benefits slowly aligned with corporate Quest Diagnostic, it became very clear that Celera was no longer an appealing place to work. Medical benefits offered is the bare minimum. Quest Diagnostic only observes 5 holidays per year.

    Advice to Management

    Please stop appeasing to the all the wishes and demands of corporate Quest Diagnostic. The future of the company was set once Quest Diagnostic became involved.

  3. "Great While it Lasted ..."

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Alameda, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Alameda, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    When I first began with Celera I felt spoiled with perks -- free salad at lunch, donuts on Friday mornings, pretzels and animal crackers .. even hand lotion in the ladies restroom. Nice group of employees - almost everyone hard working and wanting to make a difference

    Cons

    Celera hit tough times financially and was purchased by Quest in 2011 - perks went away. Local management now answering to Quest management - never really felt a part of Quest.

    Advice to Management

    It was great while it lasted -- Too bad we couldn't hold out a few more years .. we could have pulled thru the hard times ...


  4. "Shipping & Receiving Manager"

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    Former Employee - Shipping & Receiving Manager in Alameda, CA
    Former Employee - Shipping & Receiving Manager in Alameda, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Celera Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fast growing startup. Very inviting, but challenging atmosphere. Yearly raises, and bonuses. Company functions (i.e Lunches
    Banquets). Full benefits, profit sharing

    Cons

    The only cons was by being a start up, the company was twice in over a 3 year period, and the culture changed, and eventually was closed down

    Advice to Management

    I was in management for nearly 13 wonderful years. As fast as we grew during those years, the culture stayed the same, until we were bought out by Corporations. No advice, as company has been closed down


  5. "Interesting company"

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

    Pros

    Interesting technology, innovation. flexible schedule, good benefit.

    Cons

    Management direction was confusing. Need more open communication


  6. "Not very enjoyable place to work"

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    Former Employee - Director in Alameda, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Alameda, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits. Aside from C level staff, a good group to work with.

    Cons

    Overpaid, underworked management that kept a distance, both physically and culturally, from the rest of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Get acquired. Retire.


  7. "Great place to work, but shut down (alas)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alameda, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alameda, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with and close sense of teamwork and shared responsibility.

    Cons

    Value of the company was not appreciated by new (large) corporate owners -- as is too often the case with acquisitions.

  8. "A very bad company and you should avoid"

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    Current Employee - N/A in Alameda, CA
    Current Employee - N/A in Alameda, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Celera Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nothing I can think out of my mind.

    Cons

    1. Very weak upper management, but lots of political issues.
    2. Most of talented people are gone.
    3. Quest keeps trying to sell the company.
    4. Not competitive salary.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing can be changed to be better, but close it.


  9. "I was very proud to say I worked for BHL."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits. Felt like I was making a difference in people's lives.

    Cons

    Constant layoffs in the 5 years I worked there.


  10. "The bet company I ever work for."

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    Former Employee - Facilities Maintenance in Alameda, CA
    Former Employee - Facilities Maintenance in Alameda, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    all the people I been in contact there are very worm and helpful.

    Cons

    The only down side was wend the company decide to relocate the Lab to different location.


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