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QIAGEN Reviews

Updated February 9, 2017
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QIAGEN Chairman, CEO, and Managing Director, Management Board Peer M. Schatz
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  • Senior Management is so disconnected from the workers (in 8 reviews)

  • Upper management is very "old boys club" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great technology, dedicated people, innovative culture

    Cons

    too many different options for investment, need more focus

    Advice to Management

    focus


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Re(Restructure)structure is what we do!"

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    Former Employee - Management
    Former Employee - Management
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great products and people
    Benefits and leave
    Work environment

    Cons

    Read the other reviews : Constant restructure, re-organizations and layoffs. This company is planning the next restructure before the previous restructure is even complete. The worst time management I have ever seen from any senior staff.

    Advice to Management

    If you need to restructure the company more than once a year, restructure yourself out of the company


  3. "Leader"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at QIAGEN full-time

    Pros

    Good Life Science products and NA Sales and Marketing leaders. Good strategy in place assuming they are allowed to implement their ideas and plans.

    Cons

    Very poor corporate strategy. Some acquisitions make no sense and provide little strategic advantage. Constant change and a "revolving door" for talent. Reputation is poor outside of the company for this reason.

    Advice to Management

    Let your leaders lead. Stop changing the structure every few months. Treat your employees with respect and as professionals. The EC needs to hold the CEO accountable for the instability and frequent changes.


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  5. "R & D Scientist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - R&D Research Scientist II in Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - R&D Research Scientist II in Germantown, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at QIAGEN (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment, they value diversity

    Cons

    Contracts, no overtime for those that are available 24/7.

    Advice to Management

    You miss out great candidates via the contract thing!


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Bare bones US organization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at QIAGEN full-time

    Pros

    Some good products and and some good people. Interesting Scientific Company

    Cons

    Very unstable work environment with lots of restructuring layoffs and firings at least every six months. Upper management is very "old boys club". Cut throat environment - if you don't perform you will get fired - even if things are out of your control. Micromanagement at the highest levels. No resources or support.

    Advice to Management

    Try to retain your talent. These products are complicated and you need people who understand them, especially since you no longer put resources into training and marketing. People who can go elsewhere are going.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Rough"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked at QIAGEN for almost two years. I worked there because my employer was acquired by them. Pros I would say...its a pretty easy job if you're just looking for a paycheck. They have pretty good benefits and paid time off.

    Cons

    If you want to work with smart people, this unfortunately is not the place. They may hire smart people, but they do not reward intelligence. It's all a big political game, constant restructuring, management making new decisions every month on how to structure the teams and which projects to push forward, and all they take into account is their budget and how this will look to the exec team in Germany. In order to move up you must play the game, and not actually get any tangible work done. Their HQ is miserable, thankfully I was not working there.

    Advice to Management

    They need an entire new management team. I wouldn't even know what advice to give them to help the situation.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Products"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    QIAGEN has excellent products in the Life Science, Academic and HID areas. The sales teams in these areas have good leadership.

    Cons

    QIAGEN, in the clinical marketplace, doesn't have the same degree of FDA approved products, on platforms that fit a labs needs.

    Advice to Management

    Decide to stay in the clinical space and get more platforms and products FDA approved.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Bioinformatics Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Bioinformatics Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Bioinformatics Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some managers and team members are smart and very fair and easy to work with.

    Cons

    Super corporate. the hierarchy if a bit rigid and not based on merit but years of emloyements.
    that lead to dead wood and people that can't manage teams and makes the environment bad for everyone

    Advice to Management

    get rid of the dead wood and people that can't manage teams and makes the environment bad for everyone


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Company constantly reorganizing"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Germantown, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Friendly people, nice offices, commute is easy. There are also many programs in place for training which is nice.

    Cons

    This company is constantly reorganizing and laying people off. They decide on a plan of action and if it doesn't work in 6 months, do it all over again. Intellectual knowledge is leaving the company and morale is very low. People do not have faith in upper management any longer.

    Advice to Management

    Please stop reorganizing so much. Find a plan and stick to it longer than 6 months. It would also be nice if upper management were more friendly and open with employees.


  11. "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great potential and truly global

    Cons

    Still evolving as diagnostic company



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