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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 (2)

    "Foster City. Smart people, famous "great" workplace culture not always accurate."

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

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

    Pros

    Most people there value your contributions more than the time you spend at the office. The teams are very coordinated and connected; they communicate every step of the way. They trust you to work with high-level staff within a very short period of time. Very interesting and exciting body of knowledge with which to work.

    Cons

    Training was by documentation; the documentation was out of date, which we learned by spending time producing the wrong results.

    Advice to Management

    There's a relevant adage: "Most people don't leave their jobs--they leave their managers." Like in most work environments, some of the managers would benefit (and their teams would benefit) if they took management courses.


  2. "Great peer and leadership community"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Foster City, CA

    I have been working at Life Technologies full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You are constantly challenged to perform better, great learning opportunities and growth

    Cons

    Too many things in flux at the same time creating unnecessary distractions.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "software engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    very nice place, the work is not busy

    Cons

    It is not stable. always become another company


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Typical large company that tolerates bureaucracy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company was located in a nice city.

    Cons

    Worse health benefits than their smaller competitors

    Advice to Management

    Stop micro-managing, allow product quality to determine product deadlines


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great company culture!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Life Technologies full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great development opportunities for fast career growth.
    Fun place to work for, full of challenges and fast paced projects.
    Co-workers, co-workers, co-workers!

    Cons

    Stressful as with any public traded company.
    Short term goal oriented.
    Have gone through several integrations and too many changes in management.

    Advice to Management

    Work on life work balance, make employees the priority.
    Treat employees with respect with regards to change.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Not the best, not the worst"

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

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

    Pros

    Good salary and bonuses. Lots going on.

    Cons

    Very political. Its not always clear who is getting promoted or what the reason is. Although there were some really great people there, some others seemed more concerned with their own careers than the company or their colleagues. There was constant talk about work -life balance, but not a whole lot of it to see. The company was really loosing its charm prior to and after recent acquisition by Thermo Fischer. Seemed like a good time to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck!


  8. "Great Company"

    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

    Very smart, high tech group of people. Great work environment
    Salary good

    Cons

    HR is pro management only. They need to work on employee retention
    Preferences to kiss-up employees

    Advice to Management

    See above regarding Cons


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Company has been/will be in Flux due to ownership changes."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Pleasanton, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities to shine. There are also many good managers.

    Cons

    Politics (local vs remote). You are hosed if you are not aligned/working with the right Manager. IT is either outsourced (desktop support), or remotely managed (from Carlsbad), new owner (Thermo Fisher) is headquartered in MA.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Smart, interesting people and mission, terrible top management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of smart people working on cool projects, global roles abound. Decent compensation too

    Cons

    The CEO was telling employees one thing and doing another. No transparency.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of the scientists and engineers- they're the best asset.


  11. "Very boring environment."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Life Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Don't get me wrong, the people were kind.

    Cons

    Maybe this was just my department (software) but I found it very boring and non-collaborative. The cubicle environment was depressing.

    Advice to Management

    Work towards a more exciting environment.


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