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Quidel President, CEO, and Director Doug Bryant
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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Salt Mine would welcome new college grads, but you wouldn't stay too long"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Quidel (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Best if you are fresh out of college with a science degree (Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Life Sciences, etc.) and want to work in Chemistry Manufacturing, R & D, or QC. This would be a good place to start. It's always busy and you will always have work to do with a fairly decent income.

    Cons

    There is no good training system. Poor leadership and management from the lowest level and up to middle management, e.g. Chemistry Lab 3, QC, and R &D and throughout the company. Too much politics, in-fighting between groups and individuals, favoritism, inappropriate behaviors among bosses and employees and co-workers. Management and leaderships don't seem to care about their employees, and it's all about the bottom line. My first year there were total of 11 people left, two got laid off while there were still a lot of work, and 2 were fired.

    Advice to Management

    Take care your employees. Train your first line supervisors and managers leadership and management to be fair, respectful, and effective. Do not be too stingy( e.g., 2009, huge profit from that major Flu season in millions, a bonus for a regular employee? $100 from CEO, that was sad) You make more profit and share more with your employees.


  2. Helpful (11)

    "Bad company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Athens, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Athens, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Quidel (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are OK. Health benefits are pretty good. Retirement is OK. Workplace environment is reasonably well maintained and clean.

    Cons

    Upper management is duplicitous and mendacious. Salaried and non salaried employees are treated as peons to serve upper management. A comment during a management meeting by upper management to the rest sums it up, " You are all here to support us".

    Advice to Management

    Grow up and take business 101 again. Management is in place to support the employees, not the other way around. Without the support of the employees management is useless.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Individual contributor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Quidel (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flex hours. Personal appts and family balance is respected. Bene's are good.

    Cons

    Very political. Upper/exec mgmt mainly hires based on "who you know" not "what you know". No ethnic diversity above hourly employees. Human resource and benefits personnel are brutal at times. Inside joke is they are unapproachable.

    Advice to Management

    It's good to clean house every so often.


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  5. "No value for employees"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Chemist in San Diego, CA
    Former Contractor - Chemist in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Quidel as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits, flexible schedule, overtime options, good IVD experience, very professional senior level management

    Cons

    Many inter-departmental problems including lack of communication and support, micromanagement, frictions between coworkers in certain departments, lack of promotion opportunities, very small annual salary raises (~3%), very few cultural/social events, poor working conditions, Improper Relationships Between Supervisors and Subordinates, high employee turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Start appreciating contribution of your employees. Promote people from within instead of hiring new people.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work but don't trust HR"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    My peers are fabulous and hardworking as long as management is not pitting us against each other.

    Cons

    No clear picture of the future and too many "chefs" in the kitchen. Instead of departments working together they all bad mouth one another and don't help each other. Quidel is a mid size company run as a small company with many people performing multiple functions. If they all played nicely and worked together it would be a fantastic company.

    Advice to Management

    Give your employees some job security. Everyone is afraid of being the next Santa Clara and having their entire department or all of manufacturing not just all of SPG being moved to Ohio where labor is cheaper and doesn't ask so many questions.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "For your sake, hope you're in Senior Management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people do work here and make some good products. There are a few exceptional people who hold this place together.

    Cons

    Senior Management continues to blatantly communicate that the "haves" play by different rules than the "have nots."
    Organization is top heavy more often than not.
    Internal advancement is available so long as you are willing to be grossly underpaid.
    HR is NOT looking out for you. Questionable tact in difficult situations.
    "The help" feels the effects of leadership team mistakes.
    Actual quote from CEO when informing company of no bonus payout a few years ago: "...I told my wife she's not getting a new BMW this year." Right. That makes it ok then.

    Advice to Management

    Doug, you are a very sharp guy, and I do think the vision for the company is solid. However, there needs to be more focus given to restoring a positive culture. People do not like coming to work here anymore. You can only go to the whip so many times without positive feedback.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "It was ok"

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

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

    Pros

    There are opportunities to learn new things with a lot of work they had. Sometimes it was a bit too much.

    Cons

    They were unable to provide adequate training during the first few months. Managers played favorites with employees and my colleagues felt sorry for me.

    Advice to Management

    Personality helps much more than you realize.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good for Industry Experience"

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

    I have been working at Quidel (More than a year)

    Pros

    The work environment is wonderful. There are different campuses and some are smaller than others, but the people you work with directly (at the same level as you) are wonderful and extremely helpful. There's definitely a mix of people in managerial positions. If you are lucky enough to work with a good manager/director, it will make your job so much better. Its a great place to get your foot in the industry door.

    Cons

    Some of the managers are amazing, but if you work with one of the bad ones it can really ruin your whole experience. Some of the managers don't know what they are doing and its up to you to figure things out. Also, compensation at the company is really poor, and there's not much room for growth. There's not a whole lot of room for growth, especially if you are a scientist, but its a good place to start a career in industry.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people what they deserve and you might be able to retain some of the good talent you hire, and give them the opportunity to succeed and move up.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Scientist or Scientist III"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good degree of flexibility, management open to good and novel suggestions

    Cons

    Little room for growth, and upward mobility. Do not compensate on merit or hard work, incremental increase in salary, no profit sharing except for management

    Advice to Management

    Need to reward employees for their hard work and inventions


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Well..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people that work there are great and reliable.

    Cons

    The management lacks communication and does not give enough to their employees for the hard work they do.

    Advice to Management

    Pay the employees more and work on better company wide communication.


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