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Life Technologies Reviews

Updated May 24, 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. "IT"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Leader in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - IT Leader in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Life Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots going on....Many interesting projects.....Great business

    Cons

    Constant re-prioritization, not finishing projects and consumption of your life (not work/life balance)


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Motivated managers hard to find"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice location; cafeteria in one of the adjacent buildings; telecommuting available for certain positions; peers are friendly

    Cons

    Middle management is unmotivated and very political; not driven to improve processes or team dynamics; often taking a 'wait and see if anyone remembers that they requested something' attitude; 'problem' employees are treated like hot potatoes moving from manager to manager after each re-org;health benefits are not good; raises over the past 3 years have been 3 % or less for employees with good reviews; long time employees have learned how to work under the radar to not call attention to their loss of motivation; many employees roam around doing nothing like zombies waiting for their severance packages

    Advice to Management

    Director level management should not expect to motivate employees by yelling at them or degrading them; middle level management should not lose sight of what they bring to the table and stop sitting back and waiting for someone to yell at them; clean house Thermo...


  3. "A big company with a lot of innovation, but also a lot of bureaucracy."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Eugene, OR
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Eugene, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A really big company with a lot of resources and projects going on at one time, meaning if you have a project, you can get it done. For most people, it was easy to move into different roles and try many job roles, and Life Tech's place in biotechnology gives you a central location to the field.

    Cons

    I found the work often very repetitive, and the times when I tried to move within the company, I found little success. My greatest dislike was the very large amount of reliance the company seemed to have on paper trails and inventory control, at times to the detriment of the work, from my perspective.

    Advice to Management

    Although tools to allow better visibility of the work seem great, they also reduce the ownership that the people doing the work have.


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  5. "Boring- A big Company with no challenging and Intuitive work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Excellence Specialist in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Business Excellence Specialist in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Life Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Experienced and a few Smart, well educated colleagues. Good Salary and benefits. Lots of allocated vacations as compared to other companies in the market.

    Cons

    No challenging work, politics, more focus on reporting out project results than GETTING TO DO good quality actual work, showcasing team/self and branding, lack of mentally challenging/intuitive opportunities. The job Did not help self-growth/learning.I have done my masters in engineering- never got to use any optimization/engineering skills

    Advice to Management

    Leaders appear political. I think it would help employees if the leaders have relevant experience and stress more on good quality work/perfection/challenging and rigorous deadlines. Things done to showcase/brand the team even if they are not accurate. An employee should look at their leader as someone whom they can follow to lead by example.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to assemble an excellent set of experiences."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Rapid business evolution over past 10 yrs made for great opportunity to grow professional skill set quickly.

    Cons

    Culture - exceptionally political - build your career on the backs of your colleagues.


  7. "Learned a lot, constantly changing technology"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Life Technologies full-time

    Pros

    LT deals in cutting-edge biotech systems, so there's always something new to learn, and opportunities to collaborate with people from all over the world.

    Cons

    The business is global so it never stops and I would often find myself on conference calls and handling emails outside of anything like business hours. Also, projects supporting stated strategies were not always sufficiently supported for good results.

    Advice to Management

    Be credible to employees, and follow through on stated strategies.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Unfair"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people outside of Management are wonderful.

    Cons

    If you weren't part of a certain click, you were on your way out. The human resources absolutely has zero knowledge nor support.

    Advice to Management

    Do what you say, stop the BS.


  9. "Contract Hire Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Desktop Support Engineer in Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Desktop Support Engineer in Frederick, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team to work with. My experience afforded me OJT that I had not expected.

    Cons

    Being a contractor. It seems that Life Technologies would have been a great company to work for.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not much room for advancement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist III in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Scientist III in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Life Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    the people at the Austin site are the best part of the job.

    Cons

    not much room for advancement in manufacturing

    Advice to Management

    spend time in the labs instead of meetings


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Stagnant place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Life Technologies full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers were great. New facility is modern yet cramped.

    Cons

    We used to be able to focus on family, but not anymore. Working nights, weekends, and additional projects were expected. Kept releasing newer versions of the same old products - no plans to move them to 21st century. Managers were not encouraging.


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