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Life Technologies Reviews

Updated June 7, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people, Good benefits, Easy Commute (in 16 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. "Life Technologies : a retrospective"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fast-paced company
    Progressive HR practices
    Ambitious
    More customer-centric than given credit for

    Cons

    Constant change led to burn-out of some employees

    Advice to Management

    Focus as much on employees as the bottom-line


  2. "Senior Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Life Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Great support and learning encouraged

    Cons

    Too easy to become just a number

    Advice to Management

    Pay Attention

  3. "Very Senior"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Life Technologies full-time

    Pros

    In general, a nice group of people with a positive environment-not so with my department

    Cons

    Several people were not properly vetted from the legacy company and more than one person slipped in who did not have the credentials. Saw repeated examples of data fabrication.

    Advice to Management

    When you know there is a problem, you don't parrot back "Well he was on a performance plan and not doing well-sorry you got the brunt of it".


  4. "Pre-Thermo Takeover"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Life Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Great group of people, very supportive!

    Cons

    Constantly felt like someone was going to get canned, every single quarter.


  5. "Collaborative Excellence"

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    Former Employee - Pricing Specialist in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Pricing Specialist in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Life Technologies has a culture of working towards a common goal, valuing the contribution of every employee and finding a way to get it done. Work life balance, diversity, global diversity, remote work opportunities fair salary and benefits round out the experience. They set a standard that is hard to beat.

    Cons

    None that come to mind, it's a very progressive company with solid leadership and forward vision. Well done!


  6. "Good place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    -competitive pay
    -Opportunities are available to get experience outside of your role
    -Never felt micromanaged, was able to work interdependently but was still made accountable to my team

    Cons

    -poor benefits: high deductible ins plan was only option, no vacation role over
    -While you may get experience outside your role and may even excel in other areas laterally/vertically Opportunities for moves are highly competitive or just not opened due to the lean structure (very few managers/supervisors with many direct reports)


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Field Support Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Field Support Specialist in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Field Support Specialist in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Life Technologies full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    inherited a great culture from its mother company the Applied Biosystems, a warm and friendly environment, great relationship between all. rewarded hard work with bonuses, and benefits

    Cons

    gradual degradation of the culture that made it such a great place to work, during the later years.
    That company is only a memory now

    Advice to Management

    The more friendly the environment the greater the enthusiasm of employees to do better job every day. Every one wins

  8. "fas"

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    Former Employee - Field Applications Scientist in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Field Applications Scientist in Carlsbad, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Life Technologies (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good people, dynamic environment, high impact technologies and international culture at both managerial level and across the organization. Good benefit, decent work life balance

    Cons

    no margin of negotiation, listen to employees if there are issue and try to solve the issue rather then deviating or just let vent people. pro active approach across the different session of the company and communication is sometimes not working as it should..

    Advice to Management

    listen to employees if there are issue and try to solve the issue rather then deviating or just let vent people. pro active approach across the different session of the company and communication is sometimes not working as it should..


  9. "Ex Life Tech Sales Rep"

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    Former Employee - Total Account Manager in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Total Account Manager in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked on a fantastic team with a wonderful manager. In general, Life Technologies was fairly innovative (though they ultimately lost the NGS war with Illumina). The majority of people that work at Life are bright, kind and dedicated to the mission. Work-life balance was fantastic as all of the sales teams are remote (though the flip side is not as much camaraderie). Mark Stevenson is a very talented CEO and the company was lucky to see Greg Lucier (very charismatic, but also a very narcissistic politician) leave. I always felt that I was well paid and enjoyed the work.

    Cons

    The middle management could work harder at Life Tech. It's also not the most professional place that I've ever worked, which is good and bad. Not all meetings start on time and not everyone is always striving to do their best -- people get a little complacent.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate the 'Old Boys Club' vibe that existed at Invitrogen and insist of a meritocracy. Also, if the company is supposed to be innovative, you have to actually invest in innovation (i.e. R&D). While Life would spend over a million a day on R&D, the budget didn't increase over 5 years....and we fell behind competitors. I'm sure it's worse now that the company is owned by Thermo.


  10. "Glad i left"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging work assiciated with m&a

    Cons

    Politics, lack of professionalism, unprofessional leaders


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