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"Smart People, Strong Science, A.D.D. in Sr. Leadership, Frequent Re-orgs"

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Current Employee - Business Role in Carlsbad, CA
Current Employee - Business Role in Carlsbad, CA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Collaborative, intelligent coworkers
Decent pay
ability to bring good science to the life science industry

Cons

24-hour culture for manager and above
Zero work/life balance
Frequent re-orgs cause loss of institutional knowledge
Benefits are CHEAP

Advice to Management

There is too much emphasis on increasing the number of direct reports per manager. Allow high performers to develop management skills on a smaller scale before requiring that they jump to having 10 direct reports. This will require organization design based on functionality rather than purely HR metrics.

Other Employee Reviews for Life Technologies

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    "Life with NO LIFE"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Management Specialist in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Management Specialist in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a huge growth in Biotech sector now, therefore this company is moving ahead with a very fast pace. Many career opportunities available here.

    Cons

    not one but many
    1. Fast paced, good growth but no attention to detail. Company culture is to build things on weak bases and then keep repairing the leaks in future.
    2. No good systems or software, still very outdated (Do not expect this in a rapidly growing biotech company)
    3. No social culture, very productivity oriented culture. Everyone is always afraid of loosing their job if they don't prove themselves.
    4. No good Cafeteria, no good break rooms
    5. VERY BAD MEDICAL INSURANCE, get ready to dump your salary on Doctor's fees. Almost all expenses out of pocket.
    6. Goals change all the time, Teams change all the time, at times you feel, your management doesn't know what they want to do.
    7. No enough resources, employees end up working beyond capacity to get things done.
    8. One very weird thing I observed here is, Contractors are separated from Full time employees. They have smaller desks, maybe 3ft X 3 ft table is their desk. They are made to sit in a different row separated from full time employees. If you are walking on the floor, looking at the row of adjacent small desks you can recognize that person sitting there is a contractor.


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    "Sales Operations"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Operations in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Operations in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Life Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Industry leader, big customer base, great location for Headquarters, doesnt seem to be effected by recession, dedicated people

    Cons

    lot of new initiatives but feel like they lack long term planning. Lots of uncertainties and confusion from acquisitions Some decisions on procedures, new initiatives, etc., seem to be made in without any input from the front-line staff

    Advice to Management

    Involve front-line staff in the planning of projects and execution of those projects; Compensation needs to be more competitive and as well as opportunities for career development should be more. Managers need to understand and support development goals and plans of employees. stock options should be available to all employees, not just senior management.

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