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Life Technologies 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)

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

  3. "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


  4. "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.


  5. "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


  6. "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


  7. "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".

  8. "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.


  9. "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!


  10. "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)


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