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Life Technologies Reviews

Updated February 27, 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
  • 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. Helpful (1)

    "Decent place to work in the area"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Island, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Island, NY

    I worked at Life Technologies (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, but benefits seemed to be constantly deteriorating. Pay is nationally competitive despite being in a lower cost area (compared to SF or Boston).

    Lots of long time employees at the Grand Island site, except for Plant Management that seems to change every 2-3 years. Good opportunities to work/lead different projects.

    Cons

    Benefits constantly getting worse, i.e. ESPP reduced, medical benefits reduces.

    Layoffs were fairly frequent (3-6 months) from 2010-2012. Company is very concerned about bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    Try to be more proactive with change and schedules, rather than reactive.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Life at Life"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Higher than typical payscale. Employee perks, group events, lunches, races, sports. Employee recognition rewards.

    Cons

    Extremely fast paced. Demanding. Stressful. Work 24/7. Calibrate/grade similar employees on a curve.

    Advice to Management

    Communication to non-management employees should be respectful. Employees create the company's success.


  3. "Formulations Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fresno, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    the company has great benefits, pay, retirement

    Cons

    work life balance does not exist. Forced overtime.


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  5. "Good Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer II in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer II in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great and nice co-worker. A lot of resource.

    Cons

    Just start and need more on site HR

    Advice to Management

    JUST START MY JOB. THE MANAGER IS GOOD.


  6. "Software Developer 3"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Love it, is great, great management

    Cons

    Company that is not fully dedicated to software developer

    Advice to Management

    keep doing whatever you are doing, you rock!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Seems great at first but promotions are rare/unfair and raises lag behind inflation."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist III in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist III in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Life Technologies full-time

    Pros

    The low level managers are friendly and supportive. The atmosphere is nice and friendly. The ICP bonus system is great and provides a decent boost to your bottom line once a year. 3 weeks of vacation and 4 floating holidays. It's a megacorporation with 2,500 employees or more at the Carlsbad location alone. The weather here is amazing, the traffic is not too bad, the neighborhood is beautiful, and the ambience inside is nice too. There is a company-run cafe in one of the buildings but the food is low-Calorie health food that comes in small portions at slightly expensive prices.

    Cons

    Everything seems fine when you get hired but as the years go by everyone becomes bitter and angry over the measly raises that never beat inflation and the unfair issuance of rare promotions. I cannot speak for all departments but I am in one that is run by a notorious cheapskate who gives out less promotions and raises than everyone else. I am under the impression that promotions are given out far more often in other groups and at other sites, so perhaps you will get lucky and land a job in a group run by more generous executives.

    Employees who work hard and do as they're told and nothing else get the nod for promotions and large awards, whereas employees who innovate and raise questions are punished.

    Advice to Management

    Give raises that exceed inflation. Fire the employees that none of the underlings can work with. Abolish the post-Applied Biosystems R&D title system and implement one with more gradations.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to work with a lot of fun people

    Cons

    Very weak middle level managers, bad benefit


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Corporate america at its best in SD county"

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

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

    Pros

    High growth industry. Some products can transform lives in a very positive way to end customers

    Cons

    Chaotic environment due to unclear responsabilities, org structure, etc

    Advice to Management

    Hurry to take best practices and make any necessary changes by considering long term action plans. Don't focus too much on wall street or short term initiatives.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Legacy Life Technologies was far better!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Benicia, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Benicia, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Legacy Life Technologies was far better! Life technologies had a great work culture.

    Cons

    Thermo Fisher management doesn't care about employees!! no culture!!

    Advice to Management

    Listen to what employees want


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Transition time is tough but overall good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Sales Specialist in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Technical Sales Specialist in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of Autonomy, Great Benefits, Nice commission structure, Great team, intelligent people, Likes to higher scientific personal so seen as a resource to customer.

    Cons

    Merger causing many shifts in personnel, Not enough resources to sales, miscommunication between product management and sales, layoffs and realignment, NO TRAINING at all. Work Life balance is difficult especially if you would like to move up ladder.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more resources and training to team.


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