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Life Technologies Reviews

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. "Life Tech Review"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Work with very smart people

    Cons

    not a ton of opportunities to move laterally within groups


  2. "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

  3. "Good Intro to BioTech"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. "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


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Okay Experience"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Life Technologies"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, Good benefits, Easy Commute

    Cons

    Hard to adopt new technologies into the organization as management only looked ahead one quarter - not interested in investing for 3-5 years in the future


  7. "SEC Reporting"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Life Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with and learn from!

    Cons

    It was easier to find advancement by moving around within the Company rather than actually staying in the same department.

  8. "Executive Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Life Technologies was a great company to work at. Our site had a great sense of connection and a family feeling over all.

    Cons

    There was always constant change. This can be viewed as positive or negative.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Reasonable work hours and family time balance

    Cons

    Less Research and Development than earlier days

    Advice to Management

    Good company stability and profitability


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Administrative Assistant"

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    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company that was innovative with a genuine commitment to making the world a better place and in letting it employees know that each and everyone of us were a key player in that goal.

    Cons

    The company was acquired and quickly started loosing some of the culture that I grew to know and love.


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