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  1. "Admin Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in India, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in India, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I've had much more opportunity at Invitrogen than possible at other biotech companies. There is an atmosphere about training and improving everyone for the benefit of the company. Also, the hours are somewhat flexible. Most arrive between 7 and 9 am. The benefits are great and the cost for health insurance is minimal. They have opportunities for everyone and are often promoting community involvement.

    Cons

    The environment is often negative. It's difficult to keep away from those that drag you down by complaining about low pay. Further, the pay is not comparable to other biotech companies.

    Advice to Management

    t all starts with you. All the negativity and disappointment can be undone with a few up beat words and motivation from the people on top. All the feelings of senior management are amplified as they move down the chain


  2. "great place but..."

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Invitrogen full-time

    Pros

    This is a highly professional, ethical, and process-driven work environment where you can learn much.

    Cons

    Little to no return on your investment unless you leave and use your talents somewhere else.

  3. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Director in Eugene, OR
    Former Employee - Director in Eugene, OR

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

    Pros

    Wide range of technologies across multiple sites. Vision for growth.

    Cons

    Vision too short. Rarely makes long term investment in technology development. Wants a quick turn around.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "not satisfied with work environment."

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    the biotech industry is relatively stable and not too sensitive to general economic conditions. Long term growth possible, work not too stressful compared to other high tech industry.

    Cons

    this company has a very old and slow corporate culture, there is very little incentive for doing a good job, relatively low salary and benefit.

    Advice to Management

    should focus on employee development.


  5. "Associate Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Rockville, MD
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly lab environment, Cross training was encouraged.

    Cons

    No growth opportunities, stopped tuition reimbursement.


  6. "It was pretty good apart from the constant changes"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate Business Analyst in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Business Analyst in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lot of work if you're motivated and want to learn

    Cons

    The pay is not at the industry standard for the position


  7. "Talented people but very cut throat environment"

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    Former Employee - Production Planner in Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Production Planner in Frederick, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary, Hard working scientist, location

    Cons

    Work life balance. Not team environment

  8. "Lot's of challanges & opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Carlsbad, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Exciting field, challanging work, smart, hardworking, diverse group of people. Encourages and provides incentives for a healthy lifestyle.

    Cons

    Work/life balance very poor, pace of work is not sustainable. Management gives lip service but does not walk the talk. Benefits have gone down quite a bit. Too many conflicting priorities creates an overworked workforce which results in mistakes and reworks.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the feedback provided by the employees and try to improve those scores.


  9. "Life@Life is hard"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great colleagues, focused team mates
    professional

    Cons

    no life outside of LIFE
    no opportunity to do jobs well since we are constantly bombarded with work

    Advice to Management

    work on balance of life


  10. "Great for entry level - graduates..."

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    Current Employee - SQA in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - SQA in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is a lead in the industry;
    The colleagues are nice and helpfull;
    Good benefits, time off, stock options;

    Cons

    Poor communication;
    Pay scale lower;

    Advice to Management

    Please find solution for lack of satisfaction of the emplyees...


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