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Updated November 21, 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. "excellent intern experience"

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Eugene, OR
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Eugene, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good learning experience. Friendly environment.

    Cons

    Employees complain/gossip......Sure I don't know they are happy or not.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  2. "Work Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Life Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Good working conditions, smart co-workers, passionate about science

    Cons

    Perks not up to standard

    Advice to Management

    Bring back the innovation spirit

  3. "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


  4. "Scientist II"

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

    I worked at Life Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Very friendly colleagues. Always willing to help. Great managers. Good work life balance. Very supportive for entry level scientists! Performance perks and bonuses are great!

    Cons

    Internal transitions are hard making it a challenge to explore opportunities within the company. Salaries can be better but not bad.


  5. "great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent work to life balance. Good benefits

    Cons

    Lots of overtime and management issues


  6. "Small teams and a lot of stress"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary, annual bonus, challenging work, plenty of new technology.

    Cons

    High level of stress, on-calls were brutal, a lot of middle management calling the shots but not enough Indians.


  7. "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

  8. "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


  9. "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".


  10. "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.


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