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Life Technologies Product Manager Reviews

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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)

  • R&D portfolio reduced, not as ambitious as it used to be (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Culture evolving under Thermo to drive profitability"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great product portfolio with a empowered sales force

    Cons

    No work life balance possible owing to heavy demands from the job and reducing resources available for different functions

    Advice to Management

    Have reasonable expectations around deliverable s and their timelines. Reduce micromanagement by leadership. Train newly appointed leaders to limit their micro management


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Difficult place to work and develop a career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Wonderful peers in my business area with highly collaborative spirit
    * Cutting edge technologies are fun to work with

    Cons

    * Too many organizational changes (starting long before the Thermo Fisher acquisition) make it difficult to gain traction with direct manager who is often key to career growth and promotions
    * Leaders centralize decision making to high levels of the organization, making it difficult for employees to make a positive impact on the company's strategy
    * Managers often seem to be more interested in gaining power than doing the right thing for the business
    * Short-term focus on financial results often leads to failure to capitalize on longer-term strategies or to put the customer first in the business relationship
    * Divisions are more apt to compete with each other rather than collaborate to create innovations, which is at odds with the stated culture of the company

  3. "Innovative life science company with big growth potential"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Life Technologies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Part of innovation of life sciences to improve human health

    Cons

    Established company and not for start up type


  4. Helpful (1)

    "It is very demanding and aggresive"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global vision; Innovation; Great Product; Market leadership

    Cons

    Care less for employee; too much pressure; work life balance is not good

    Advice to Management

    Care more for employee and keep talent people


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Constant change is the only constant at Life Technologies"

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    LIfe Technologies has some of the brightest and hardest workers. Compensation (salary and bonus) is usually consistent with the industry norm. The corporate culture is one of aggressive and rapid change.

    Cons

    Senior management is driven by short-term goals. The constant change (organizational and strategy) does not allow for these changes to be adequately implemented and adopted. Health benefits are sub-standard.

    Advice to Management

    The senior leadership needs to commit to a plan and stick with it. Ideas for dramatic change should come from outside the company, as current management is limited to current ideas.


  6. "Not a company that I can recommend working for if there are other options"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    May be a first job to gain some experience before moving on.

    Cons

    Mediocre mid and high level management. Leadership completely absent.

    Too much favoritism being played at the mid level in recruitment and promotion.

    Politics is front and center always.

    HR incompetent cares only about the management and hence the management cruises along without being questioned.

    Adopts a M&A strategy to grow. So you never know where you'll be in about six months.

    Advice to Management

    Unsustainable growth could be disastrous.
    A change in culture is needed, for which a change in leadership might be required.