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Updated June 28, 2017
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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Bad Place to work."

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    Former Employee - Process Group Chemist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Process Group Chemist in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They hire all the time because there is frequent employee turnover based on the horrible culture.

    Cons

    Long hours with no overtime (salaried). Mid-Managers incompetent.

    Advice to Management

    Replace the mid-management.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Avoid working here"

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    Former Employee - Scientist in Athens, OH
    Former Employee - Scientist in Athens, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Nice town to live in

    Cons

    Little prospect for advancement. The good jobs are held by young, incompetent legacy employees. They aren't leaving any time soon.
    Only job prospect in town except for really crappy jobs at the university
    Seriously inept management. R+D department destroyed by in-fighting and general incompetence
    Medical diagnostics is a dead end career. The skills that you gain don't translate to other industries.
    Very abusive management unrestrained by HR or upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Show some actual leadership and do the right thing for once. The right thing isn't always easy.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Read this."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits. Flexible work hours. If you just want to keep a low-profile and just earn a paycheck it's fine. Considerate of flexibility for people with kids.

    Cons

    Quidel is run on a good old boy system. From executive through middle-management. Unless you're in with the right group you will not be promoted or recognized. You have to know somebody to get promotions or good pay increases. People do not move up through excellent performance. Very incompetent people are in leadership positions because of who they know. HR is unprofessional and very harsh. Sometimes unbelievable. They are like bullies. Definitely not trustworthy. Because of all this there are true leaders and excellent performers in the background making things work daily but never get promoted or good pay increases. It's not a happy environment. But whoever said that HR was a group you could trust and that work is supposed to be a happy place.....

    Advice to Management

    Money is always the bottom line. You're all there to make money. And that's okay. But Someday you might stop and look deep within yourself and find out who you really are. Try it.


  4. "Not impressed."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I honestly cannot think of any pros. I guess I have a paycheck.

    Cons

    Everything is horrible here, honestly.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to manage in general.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Avoid If Possible"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Quidel full-time

    Pros

    Smart Colleagues, Great Location, Benefits, Vacation & Sick Time.

    Cons

    Constant turnover, company values stuck in another decade, untrustworthy upper management, useless human resources department (what they do all day and why they have such a large team while other far more important business units are understaffed is a mystery around the office, but here at Quidel we ignore issues until they blow up in our face :-) Your work/life balance will depend heavily on what department you are in and if you boss has the good graces of someone important.

    Advice to Management

    Standards.Get Some.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Worst Culture/Talent of Any Company I've Worked"

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    Former Employee - Senior Sales Operations Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Operations Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The finance team is organized. Salary is competitive in the San Diego market.

    Cons

    The culture at Quidel is toxic. Managers/Directors were vocal "Make America Great Again" supporters, making everyone uncomfortable on the team with no impact from HR when issues raised. I had been on conference calls where managers cursed out and insulted sales managers. Turnover is extremely high, causing data to be extremely disorganized and lots of knowledge transfer lost. Files coming from my manager/team were often hardcoded excel files with no assumptions provided. The IT infrastructure and data warehouse is broken to the point where reports cannot be trusted on a first pass. There was no sense of urgency of current problems and support was nonexistent from management to drive initiatives that would result in process and system improvements.

    Advice to Management

    The CEO needs to establish company goals and communicate them. Not one time in my 8 months at Quidel had there been any internal communication from the CEO of how the company was performing or what the overall goals were of the company. Please look at middle management and ensure competency at those levels, specifically within Sales Operations and IT.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Hostile Work Environment"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The newer corporate office is very nice, great portfolio of products, VP of Sales seems very dedicated to her team and down to earth.

    Cons

    Work with a lot of untrustworthy and unqualified individuals. Leader of commercial sales organization is out of touch with what it takes to motivate people and create a healthy sales org. Does not hire the right people to lead, many very unqualified individuals on a power high are leading the organization straight into the ground. Much talent is going down the drain because people continue to leave when they realize their managers do not know what they are doing. The way the company is being run in not sustainable long term. Recruiting will forever have jobs because of constant turnover. Much time in all departments is spent getting new people up to speed, only to do the same thing again in a few months when they leave. Definitely a boys club mentality and highly political. Be prepared to work 10x as hard if you are not a white male and do not expect anything in return.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps have teams review their managers every once in a while-- not with HR, try an outside source that employees can trust. Even better, Doug Bryant should oversee this so the truth isn't twisted when given to him, may be a wake up call about what goes on in his company. Treat "the little people" with more respect, try to pretend they exist and pay a livable wage for San Diego living. Create career growth opportunities for all, find HR representatives with more experience besides a life term at Quidel.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "It was ok"

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    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 (3)

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

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    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.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Employees with Bachelor's degrees in biology and chemistry are making less on the hour than local cashiers at Kroger."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Some truly excellent people work for Quidel. The diversity of backgrounds and experiences people have before they come to this company is amazing; you will definitely gain valuable work experience here, and that is all.

    Cons

    Employees with bachelor's degrees in molecular biology and chemistry are making less on the hour than local cashiers at Kroger. The pay is substandard when compared to any other biotech company. Raises, when given, are laughable unless you happen to be employed in senior management.

    If salary weren't already an issue, employees may find a reason to go elsewhere anyway. Quidel does not care about their employees. People live in fear of being fired at a moment's notice. I have heard several employees referring to their work lives by saying, "You just never know about this place," and "We're always walking on eggshells." Employees will not talk about their salaries to one another because it is a known fact that employees with comparable education and experience are hired at differing rates of pay. Quidel has fired employees for discussing salary with one another.

     Recently, they "released" scientists in the research and development department (who had been stellar employees for 5 years) without so much as a day's notice while keeping an employee in the manufacturing department on in spite of a write up for harassment, even with a history of harassment allegations and after referral to anger management counseling.

    Advice to Management

    If Quidel ever hopes to keep the talent they initially attract, this culture of totalitarianism, insecurity and favoritism cannot continue. With a business model based on respect and loyalty to employees as well as customers, the company could be one of the most promising in the world today. As it stands, the environment for employees in the manufacturing, research, and quality control departments, where the actual work is done, is shameful.


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