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Invitrogen Reviews

Updated January 8, 2017
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  1. "interesting"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    dynamic large company with plenty of resources

    Cons

    managing style, swap out managers on a regular basis limiting the number of managers with good insight into their market/science/customer base

    Advice to Management

    empower your staff and spend more time in a unit. less churn


  2. "Good Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Pay, Good PTO, personal growth is there if you take advantage of it. Company is not the best though, CEO is looking to fill his pockets.

    Cons

    Cost Savings measures always being implemented. CEO is looking to fill his pockets by taking constantly taking cost saving measures.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "ok. nonstop change. many layoffs. CEO focused on his own salary, not growing company. six sigma this, six sigma that"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Invitrogen (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good location. coworkers generally good people. acceptable benefits. many interesting products and customers.

    Cons

    work life balance, back stabbing managers, hr constant turnover, spend money, then put in place drastic cuts, stop go stop go...

    Advice to Management

    not worth it they wont listen


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "combative environment, underresourced"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    new technology, bright people, improving

    Cons

    competitive, combative work environment, sr.management infighting

    Advice to Management

    Reduce stress on employees


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be great but GL turned it into a "mgmt only matters" machine."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Science was wonderful. If you worked on high profile stuff you had top notch equipment.

    Cons

    If you didn't work on high visibility products you more or less had to work with duct tape and string. Two or even one level above you, if they had a pocket full of fracks, wouldn't give you one.

    Advice to Management

    Fire all of them and bring in someone who really wants to do life sciences and not fatten up a company for sale.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "They buy companies and sell-out employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Invitrogen full-time

    Pros

    The stock. Good for everyone at the top.

    Cons

    Just ask the employee turnover rate. Ask the number of women and minorities in senior executive roles and on the Board. Ask the percentage of employees over 50 years old. Ask what they really value as part of their culture. You won't have a formal number of vacation days at Director and above so that when you leave, they don't have to pay for any unused.

    Advice to Management

    Change the little man at the top.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "IVGN: Life Tech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    GE-type culture with opportunities for doing different roles every 2 years or so. Fast-moving, aggressive and decisive culture. Satisfaction of getting a lot done in a little time. Successful, high-flying company with seasoned execs. Customer-driven and data-driven business strategy.

    Cons

    If you are part of acquired company, limited opportunities for visibility and advancement, above average politics, expect 60+ hour work weeks, rushing as fast as possible just to move fast (at potential detriment to overall quality).

    Advice to Management

    none


  9. Helpful (7)

    "If not in Carlsbad, poor career progression"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Employee
    Current Employee - Senior Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - great work life balance
    - other people performing at mediocre level (makes you look good)
    - entrepreneurial spirit
    - you can make your own future to some degree

    Cons

    - having to work with mediocre people
    - poor career progression if you don't live in Carlsbad (HQ)
    - very bad HR: DEMORALIZING, doesn't pay for performance, not accountable
    - smart Senior Management, but not wise and very ego-driven

    Advice to Management

    - live the mission statement and truly value employees
    - hire the right person for the job and empower their success, rather than hire the wrong person, blame them, and then setting them up to be fired
    - don't do useless strategic reviews unless you plan to invest - save us the heart ache


  10. "Well done"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good working environment. nice management

    Cons

    pressure is little high (target).


  11. "Key Account Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Key Accounts Manager in Mumbai (India)
    Former Employee - Key Accounts Manager in Mumbai (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent Product Line, Good Incentive Scheme

    Cons

    High Sales Pressure, Too much travelling

    Advice to Management

    Focus on product related training campaigns more


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