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Life Technologies Austin Reviews

Updated August 30, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people, Good benefits, Easy Commute (in 17 reviews)

  • Highly driven environment, cutting edge technology and science (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • Constant change led to burn-out of some employees (in 11 reviews)

  • High level of stress, on-calls were brutal, a lot of middle management calling the shots but not enough Indians (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Buyer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very challenging, lots of experience in all areas of supply chain

    Cons

    the hours were very long

    Advice to Management

    Need to offer room for growth


  2. "Exciting place to work"

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    Former Intern - Bioinformatics Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Intern - Bioinformatics Intern in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Life Technologies as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful environment, work load and outcome were clearly defined. Had wonderful exposure as an Intern to work and apply my skill set with minimum intervention.

    Cons

    None really, coz I stayed here for just 3 months, and had an amazing boss. Compensation was good especially given that I was an intern. I wish I could extend my internship or got to go back and gain more exposure on other projects.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to work with a lot of fun people

    Cons

    Very weak middle level managers, bad benefit


  4. Helpful (2)

    "I worked for Life Technologies as a contractor and then full-time."

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    Current Contractor - Quality Assurance Specialist in Austin, TX
    Current Contractor - Quality Assurance Specialist in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Life Technologies as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Delightful coworkers
    -Great location
    -Flexible hours
    -Good pay

    Cons

    -Too many organizational changes
    -Contractors could be terminated without notice
    -Training structure could use some improvements


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great company culture!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great development opportunities for fast career growth.
    Fun place to work for, full of challenges and fast paced projects.
    Co-workers, co-workers, co-workers!

    Cons

    Stressful as with any public traded company.
    Short term goal oriented.
    Have gone through several integrations and too many changes in management.

    Advice to Management

    Work on life work balance, make employees the priority.
    Treat employees with respect with regards to change.


  6. "Very boring environment."

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Life Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Don't get me wrong, the people were kind.

    Cons

    Maybe this was just my department (software) but I found it very boring and non-collaborative. The cubicle environment was depressing.

    Advice to Management

    Work towards a more exciting environment.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Not much room for advancement"

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    Current Employee - Scientist III in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Scientist III in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    the people at the Austin site are the best part of the job.

    Cons

    not much room for advancement in manufacturing

    Advice to Management

    spend time in the labs instead of meetings

  8. "Challenging, rewarding work in a company making a real difference in the world"

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    Current Employee - Operations in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Operations in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Life Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Online learning modules and lots of training, mentoring program, opportunities to cross-train, management and HR pretty good (I've seen a lot worse). Good local leaders (Austin).

    Cons

    Too much focus on short term goals/quarterly numbers. Sub-cultures within Life Tech (i.e. Ion) are very different and cause high level of stress and frustration. Too much bureaucracy and people to go through for approvals of basic tasks. IT support is terrible - 3 plus weeks to get a laptop.

    Advice to Management

    Drive decision-making further down in the company, do better job of planning and executing to longer-term strategy. Improve IT support and new hire experience.


  9. "My internship experience at the R&D department of Ambion by Life Technologies, Austin was very rewarding."

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    Current Intern - Graduate Student Intern in Austin, TX
    Current Intern - Graduate Student Intern in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Life Technologies as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent work environment, flexible work timings, state-of-the art equipment, freedom in conducting experiments of choice, extremely amicable co-workers, invitation to meetings to stay updated on company-wide activities.

    Cons

    High living expenses, little assistance with relocation.

    Advice to Management

    Arrange for more interaction between interns and upper level management, offer to give work-related feedback and areas of improvement.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "If it turns out to be a great job for you, then you beat the odds."

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    Current Employee - Scientist III in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Scientist III in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Promising technologies
    Potential to develop good products
    Opportunity to develop technical and soft skills
    Community outreach programs can be fulfilling

    Cons

    Unhealthy levels of stress compounded by job security uncertainties
    Poor/non-existent communication at and across sites
    Doublespeak from management does not foster trust
    Compensation and benefits poor at Scientist III level

    Advice to Management

    Own up to your responsibility to employees and not just shareholders. 83% isn't just a few unhappy people, and while it's shocking, it's also real.
    Create a corporate culture of respect and diversity, not of more nauseating metrics.
    Cherish dissent, those individuals care about the impact enough to risk their career


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