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Quidel Reviews

Updated March 29, 2017
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Quidel President, CEO, and Director Doug Bryant
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Pros
  • Strong R&D and new product launch (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • It seems (depending on what area you work) upper management/mid level management not interested on feedback from low level personnel (in 5 reviews)

  • Quidel is a mid size company run as a small company with many people performing multiple functions (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Hardworking people with quality products."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Louisville, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most of their products are best in class; incentive pay is average; company has many support assets and departments; large product portfolio

    Cons

    Large product portfolio and territories of responsibility create a feeling of being "stretched too thin"; priorities are inconsistent without always being ranked for importance; merit increases are nonexistent; work/life demands are unbalanced; lofty uncalibrated goals also accompany excessive demand for after hours time consuming reports and tracking; growth products are behind the current technological curve and do not translate well into customer needs or a competitive edge.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people, decrease territory size, redistribute/ divide product focus among representatives


  2. "Not the worst place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very stable company. Reasonable work expectations and demands.

    Cons

    Can be a frustrating place to work. Company is change averse, can be too political...

    Advice to Management

    Embrace change

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company, trying to execute"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary, upper management trying to diversify company to make it less dependent on cyclical products. Upper management is trying to communicate/execute vision. Upper management trying to create a good healthy and fun working environment

    Cons

    Mid level management does not take ownership of initiatives/projects. It seems (depending on what area you work) upper management/mid level management not interested on feedback from low level personnel. For the most part, mid level management lacks leadership. This makes easy efforts on process improvement take longer that normal.

    Advice to Management

    To upper management, enforce your vision all the way down. Some how (it feels) company vision gets lost between middle management and low levels. To middle management. Take more ownership of the initiatives your subordinates have and don't discard ideas just because they did not come from you. Lead your employees by example.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "No work life balance"

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

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

    Pros

    Nice people, and stabile (market wise) company to work for.

    Cons

    NO work/life balance. They are okay with people traveling and working over 60+ hours per week, each week, until you are too burned out and need to take a vacation to get days off. Also, difficult to move up or around unless you are "part of the club" If you aren't "in" with the Abbott team, you aren't in.

    As for their products, with the emergence of easy sample right on to machine assays out there, their complex pipetting for Solana and AmpliVue are not going to go very far. Savannah will help with that.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees' ideas. They are in the field and have much to share.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Product Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Energetic and forward thinking. Lots of innovation focused on the diagnostics space. Lots of unique products and some me-toos as well.

    Cons

    Small company feel so it was a little disorganized. Not really sure of the overall strategic direction and would have liked more communication in that regard.

    Advice to Management

    more communication about company direction, successes, needs and failures to help rally the troops on a more regular basis.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Research First"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible Hours and smaller company.

    Cons

    Lack of good leadership. Promise to make changes but never do. Lack of communication.


  7. "Growing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Quidel full-time

    Pros

    Great people who are passionate and hard working

    Cons

    Growing pains, Leadership works in silos

    Advice to Management

    Focus on good people

  8. Helpful (5)

    "NA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not good. Not bad. Ok if you are just looking for a job. Consider if you are will to work at a place that is in San Diego. That's not a bad thing. It has that going for it. San Diego has a diverse economy.

    Cons

    NO real issues here. It's a job, not a career. So deal with it or look for something else that might be a whole lot more fulfilling. Have they finished anything and really delivered on revenue. Not really.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Industry experience."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Co-workers are intelligent and pleasant to work with.

    Cons

    Company does not care about their employees or value them; knows they pay below the average for the area and still don't give raises.

    Advice to Management

    Too many managers on a single project...


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good middle management, questionable upper management"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - R&D Temp in San Diego, CA
    Former Contractor - R&D Temp in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Quidel as a contractor

    Pros

    Middle management is very knowledgeable, passionate, and helpful. Culture is fast-paced but casual so it still feels relaxed. Company is trying to innovate.

    Cons

    Bloated upper management and questionable hiring decisions.


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