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Life Technologies Reviews

Updated September 12, 2016
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Pros
  • cutting edge technology, innovative product, interesting people, good team (in 16 reviews)

  • Great people, Good benefits, Easy Commute (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • There was always constant change (in 10 reviews)

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

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  1. "Principal Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Talented people, good work, great location.

    Cons

    Management had a hard time deciding what products should be built.


  2. "Decent Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Life Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Have solid benefits. Easy to reward fellow employees. Was easy to make my own hours to fit my personal schedule

    Cons

    Giant corporation. There is a fair amount of the "corporate culture" exercises you have to put up with, but all jobs have some level of this

    Advice to Management

    If you expect a certain level of output from your employees, the best way to promote that is to show that same level of output in your own work.


  3. "Good Intro to BioTech"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Co-workers were awesome; good place for someone just starting out in the industry; benefits were pretty great as well

    Cons

    Not much room for career development and personal growth; Would have been a better experience if management was a little more involved and had their staff more engaged.


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  5. "Good co-workers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eugene, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eugene, OR

    I worked at Life Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Good resources, might have become better after acquisition

    Cons

    R&D portfolio reduced, not as ambitious as it used to be


  6. "Not so great"

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    Former Employee - Scientist I in Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Scientist I in Frederick, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people. Not so so bad compared with some places

    Cons

    Very very VERY low salary. I got paid more as a contractor at life tech then as a full time employee. Compared with similar jobs in the DC metro area they are at least 25% lower than the rest.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring contractors. You want good workers? Pay more, otherwise all you draw in are terrible workers.. All of the managers wonder why all they have are terrible employees. Go to HR


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Okay Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA

    Pros

    Reputable Company so helps with opportunities

    Cons

    Too much politics and internal issues


  8. "Sr. Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Life Technologies (More than a year)

    Pros

    Quarterly updates with the CEO.
    Management 1x1 - feedback and support weekly
    Good people to worked with everyone worked together when needed. Fast paced environment - focused on meeting deadlines.
    Large Onsite gym with trainers. Social sports and fun events.

    Cons

    No onsite cafeteria; a very small cafe was put in the Newton building.
    Management decisions were not shared to impacted individuals; not everyone was on the same page.
    Some managers and executives were yellers; thought that went out in the 1970s.

    Advice to Management

    Employee survey feedback is in place; use that to help drive employee led committees to improve the results.


  9. "Marketing manager"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good place to learn a new position

    Cons

    Nice people to work with but at the end of the day you are just a number


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Okay company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Scientist II
    Former Employee - Scientist II
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company provides a good work and personal life balance. Pay was good and matches market rate.

    Cons

    Management refrains from spending money even for small employee perks. Management lacks transparency. So, people in the company are always unhappy. High attrition rate at ALL levels. Too Frequent re-orgs (even before acquisition). Also, employees tend to be sticking to their little groups and do not like to interact with other groups.

    Advice to Management

    Please reduce re-org and let employees settle down!


  11. "Sr. Forensic Specialist"

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

    Pros

    - Market leader in forensic HID arena
    - Good management
    - Exposed to many products in the portfolio

    Cons

    - Insufficient resources for software development
    - Changing priorities
    - Lots of turnover

    Advice to Management

    Develop more stable, strategic long-term vision.



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