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"Great company, not all teams worth the hassel"

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Former Employee - Senior FA in Carlsbad, CA
Former Employee - Senior FA in Carlsbad, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Life Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

- great company, product, longevity
- majority of folks very knowladgable

Cons

- i would NEVER work with some of the finance folks again (bad team players, opportunistic, no understanding of personal life)

Advice to Management

Be actionable about your annual employee survery results and take guidence from it.

Other Employee Reviews for Life Technologies

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible company to work for......."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist II in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist II in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers.
    Some groups are rewarding to work in.

    Cons

    Terrible management
    Bad benefits
    Low morale
    Yearly lay-offs
    High Stress

    Advice to Management

    If you want to know what's wrong with your company talk to the people at the bottom of the chain. Quit laying off valuable employees in the place of incompetent managers. Try to treat your employees like they mean something instead of constantly berating us. We are not the problem.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Interesting place to work..."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Innovative and interesting technologies
    * Opportunities to expand your skillsets quickly
    * Able to work cross-functionally
    * Able to draw talent right out of school pretty easily

    Cons

    * Office politics is so amazing, it gives me a headache
    * Some sites are more prone to be uncooperative than others, and it really shows
    * Engineering is not respected at all
    * Business has no idea how to manage projects, or even promote forward thinking; constant M&A slowly bleeds the company out, and is done even against technical input
    * HR obviously delusional about what the company really does, and makes us seem like we're growing when that's obviously not true
    * Benefits have got to be a joke...

    Advice to Management

    * Respect your employees more, and trust their technical input
    * Stop messing with financial books and lying to employees how the company really is
    * Please re-think priorities; in order to sell reagents, you need instruments. Don't just straight up cut engineering because you underfunded them to begin with.

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