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Updated February 9, 2018
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QIAGEN Chairman, CEO, and Managing Director, Management Board Peer M. Schatz
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Pros
  • Amazing people, great work-life balance, meaningful work that contributes to finding the cure for many of the world diseases (in 15 reviews)

  • good and friendly working environment (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management is out of touch with the rest of the company (in 11 reviews)

  • None so far for me but looks like senior management is facing great difficulty in integration of different departments/acquisitions (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Qiagen"

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    Current Employee - Senior Recruiter in Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Recruiter in Germantown, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Qiagen is a progressive global organization that continuously strives to positively impact patient lives with constant processes, and systems improvements along the way for high quality and greater efficiency for patients and clients. Qiagen really takes pride in investing in the employees with training and benefits, which allows us to exceed client expectations and promote a harmonious, professional environment and culture.

    Cons

    There is an open/modern concept in buildings instead of having individual offices we need more huddle rooms and additional spaces to have confidential discussion, which need to be incorporated in the space planning.

    Advice to Management

    Better space planning for discreet and confidential discussions to take place in the space planning. We can also look at the pay scale to better negotiate with our competitors to attract and keep existing talent.


  2. "Strong company, nice culture"

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

    I have been working at QIAGEN full-time

    Pros

    very smart people
    very very good products
    manages by the numbers
    reasonable meritocracy
    fantastic location in the country

    Cons

    lots of reorgs
    NA sales not engaged
    sometimes it feels like its a new firedrill each week

    Advice to Management

    NA sales needs to wake up
    not everyone is in the "right seat on the bus"

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing people, great work-life balance, meaningful work that contributes to finding the cure for many of the world diseases.

    Cons

    Legacy code, old technologies, old code base, high complexity and a steep learning curve, average benefits, lower wages than other companies.


  4. "Excellent company"

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

    I have been working at QIAGEN full-time

    Pros

    Good health insurance
    Good PTO
    Good 401k match

    Cons

    Lower wages than other companies


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Qiagen needs an overhaul"

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    People, dedication by those who cannot change anything

    Cons

    Qiagen is striving to save every cent possible despite the outcomes it will have on its employees.

    Advice to Management

    Qiagen's management system is very weak, with only a few quality managers. Qiagen promotes those weak managers instead of looking for quality managers who can effectively lead.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Solid products poor management"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Buffalo, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, technically strong. Good products. Some very unique and high quality product areas.
    Stable company despite re-orgs. Some roles/areas are better than others. Benefits ok.

    Cons

    Poor and removed decision making. Essentially no productive marketing due to constant turnover resulting in low staff and lack of consistent progress. Poor understanding of the core business by management is very concerning. The high turnover and continual hiring of upper management with little or no experience in companies similar to Qiagen just underscores this. The company is run by clinical executives (from Biomerieux, Roche) yet 80% of Qiagen’s US base business is in research. Only lower level employees come with research/life science experience from companies like (life tech, biorad, sigma, Illumina) and upper management tends to run Qiagen as a predominantly clinical company. The high executive turnover does not seem to point to the success of this strategy. Qiagen employees with solid experience in the industry and the company are ignored and directed to work in inefficient and counterproductive ways by inexperienced transitional management out of touch with the business.

    The attempt to focus on the new while abandoning primary business areas is proving to be unsuccessful as the base business degrades rapidly while the new business moves way too slowly to compensate.

    Advice to Management

    This could be changed with more support of the base in parallel with more efficient growth of new areas. Better communication and understanding of the business is needed. Resources could be better applied by experienced management. There is a lot of waste now with such high levels of transition. Expensive initiatives come and go every other year with different leaders and typically do not improve any basic challenges. These resources could be much more efficiently applied to really strengthen the company.


  7. "Excellent work environment"

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

    I have been working at QIAGEN full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work, good benefits.

    Cons

    Low pay, frequent layoffs, Upper management ignores harassment complaints when is someone in their group. Clueless HR.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Scientist"

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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

    Pros

    High potential for successful product introduction

    Cons

    not committed to employees


  9. "current US QIAGEN employee review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers; performing meaningful work that contributes to improving healthcare for people around the world.

    Cons

    Pay is under industry standard, annual raises are paltry; far too many reorgs over the years; staff has been cut to the bone but always expected 'to do more with less' every year; no real room for career advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Set realistic sales and performance goals


  10. "QIAGEN is a great company to work for!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Germantown, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very dynamic, supportive managers and colleagues! Great salary and benefits! I love being involved in cutting edge biotechnology!

    Cons

    None that I have experienced.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to keep employees informed on the overall growth of QIAGEN! I love being informed!


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