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"Sales Operations"

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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.

Other Employee Reviews for Life Technologies

  1. Helpful (3)

    "It's OK"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting Technology, diverse portfolio, nice people, flexible schedule when needed, competitive pay.

    Cons

    Once you get to a mid level position within your function you will probably never get promoted. Constant concern amoung employees that layoffs will occur. Culture is very political and hierarchical, terrible health plan.

    Advice to Management

    Discontinue consistant layoffs as a way to meet the numbers. Don't ignore the fact that promotions are important to people in the career growth and sense of satisfaction. Statements like "don't think up think lateral" as a way to advance your career gets "very old" after a while. The ability to have long term employees will get less and less with this philosophy.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Beware of the Dunning-Kruger Effect."

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    Former Employee - Scientist in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Scientist in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good vacation, salary, bonus and 401k match. Highly varied products allow one to learn a lot of different life science techniques, methods, etc.

    Cons

    Shortsighted management. Lots of of non-technical people in leadership positions. Medical benefits leave much to be desired.

    Beware of what David Keirsey termed as the "artisan." The artisan is a specific part of the Meyers Briggs personality type. In short they can be summed up as politicos. They only like what sounds good. The management of this place is riddled with artisans. There are a lot of folks employed here who have an illusion of superiority about themselves. You are not all above average.

    Advice to Management

    Stop making decisions based on the generic MBA knowledge you have and actually learn how the science works. This is not assembly line manufacturing no matter how much the leadership would like it to be. Actually invest in the culture instead of saying you have a good culture. If you have to say it as often as you do then you are convincing yourself of something that doesn't exist.

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