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  1. Featured Review

    "Great Direction and Future"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at SeraCare Life Sciences full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    New Products for Precision Medicine.
    Good Strategy and Focus on growing the company.
    Great Training opportunities.

    Cons

    Fast-paced. Always much to do.

    Advice to Management

    Continue Town Hall Meetings


  2. "Your satisfaction depends on department and location"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SeraCare Life Sciences full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good boss, my department is great, a sense of community at the Gaithersburg location, but I see the opposite and a lot of conflict in the Milford location. No one seems to like each other in Milford and they are all stressed out. In Gaithersburg, there may be stress, but everyone works together. Some management are not as professional, but most are very nice and open (Gaithersburg location only) - you can actually tell them something without being fired. If you are open to them and have a good boss, you can move up or at least learn new skills that you would like to add to your repertoire.

    There is a lot of good stuff happening in terms of science and technology - it's satisfying if you are within this realm.

    Cons

    Even in Gaithersburg location there is disparity between how you are treated and your stress level (and ultimately your satisfaction) based on your boss and department. There is sometimes red tape to get what you want between locations and/or between upper management and lower.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the struggle and work together - fake smiles doesn't solve a problem. Get real with each other, conflict isn't always bad.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Values driven and engaging company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SeraCare Life Sciences full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting, innovative work that is guided by well developed strategy.

    People are very smart and engaging to work with, always helping each other.

    The culture isn't just an after thought but always talked about and the values are lived as opposed to just words on a poster.

    Senior management is extremely transparent compared to previous companies I've worked with and is a breath of fresh air as it allows us to understand why decisions are made and what data was used to make those decisions.

    Cons

    Location in Mass. is out of the way from the major cities meaning most have to commute in to work.

    Not necessarily a con but definitely not a place for those who just want to sit around, the environment is always pushing forward.

    Advice to Management

    Continue pushing the company in new directions and being transparent with decisions. The focus on the values is the key to the company and helps the day to day decisions that have to be made easier because there is a consistent framework that isn't dependent on a single individual.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "DIrector Marketing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - DIRECTOR of MARKETING and CUSTOMER in Sharon, MA
    Former Employee - DIRECTOR of MARKETING and CUSTOMER in Sharon, MA

    I worked at SeraCare Life Sciences (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice people to work with

    Cons

    State of transition so future uncertain


  6. Helpful (5)

    "former employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Milford, MA
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Milford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at SeraCare Life Sciences full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Needed a job and it was there

    Cons

    layoffs are annoying.
    wanted me to commute for 2hrs for two weeks, two weeks turned into 3 weeks, and then four....and then i said no more.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "SmellyCare........."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SeraCare Life Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Seracare.....a really stinky environment to work in.
    If you are applying here, think again, and run far far away.
    Those who already haven't are ready to jump this sinking stinking ship due to the crazy atmosphere Seracare has become.

    Cons

    Co-workers are mostly hard-working and helpful, but many are in cahoots with certain managers and are looking to advance their own careers if possible by backstabbing and working against others.

    Managment needs to focus on bringing SeraCare back to being the place it used to be, an interesting and exciting environment where you felt like you learned more and more each day in your job and not becoming a total mindless robot who feared losing their job.

    Advice to Management

    Get some new faces in here, and this means supervisors and managers. It's time to weed out those who are sinking the ship from those who work hard everyday to keep it afloat. Maybe you should start sending managers to some actual management training classes instead of promoting people mindlessly because of their years in service.


  8. Helpful (10)

    "Worst place I've ever worked, draining on every level"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Milford, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Milford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SeraCare Life Sciences full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Location is great, close to the highway. Lots of restaurants in the vicinity. They provide free coffee, water, and fruit on certain days. Nice office space and pleasant people.

    Cons

    There is an incredibly hostile relationship between senior management and the rest of the employees. Senior management blames their own staff when things don't go smoothly. Unfortunately, there is no real plan and major changes are seemingly initiated daily, causing mass confusion about who does what. They consistently miss their bank covenants and expect outrageous growth for aging and out of stock products. There is a significant distrust among the employees (and for good reason) and a suffocating low moral. The turnover rate is astounding. Every time new talent comes in, they leave as soon as they can in order to escape the insanity at this asylum. Upper management bashes employees in earshot of other employees which is so unprofessional. Seracare is not a successful company and if I were the investment company, I'd look very closely at the "business plan" and likely initiate yet another investigation into management. There is such a divide between the executives and the peons, it's impossible for them to truly understand the business in order to develop a decent business plan. They make plans on hopes and dreams rather than reality.

    Advice to Management

    Put some checks and balances in where management is concerned. Try harder to keep your talent (which is expensive to replace) by promoting a more open and trustworthy environment, starting with you. Management is not viewed very well by anyone at SeraCare and it's a common thread among these reviews. Perhaps some sensitivity training and discrimination training for your VPs.

    Advice to those considering SeraCare-
    Unless you are desperate (and I mean destitute), continue your job search. The reviews listed here are very accurate (except for the positive ones that people were forced to post or are completely fabricated). Management at SeraCare is too jaded to see the error of their ways, so changes are not likely to occur, except maybe the next time the company is sold and they are all fired.


  9. Helpful (11)

    "The comedy which is SeraCare is NOT a place to seek employment if moving forward in life is you goal. Its a crazy place."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SeraCare Life Sciences full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free coffee, easy commute, snow days and random parties with food and drinks provided. Most weekends off and no established break or lunch schedule. This does help with making phone calls and running appointments.

    Cons

    Lets start with pour communication from building to building (there are three) and building C marches their own drum on a daily basis. The work environment is somewhat hostile throughout the company with on going finger pointing and back stabbing. Consistent bad language and disrespect towards women is disgusting, with grown men talk trash when ever a female enters and leaves, also running to the windows to stare at females walking by just to make obscene comments. The buddy system is out of control and room to grow or advance is a laughable matter. Training is done in the worst way, and lacks any structure . Accidents are overlooked or covered up, Breaks are closely monitored for some, while others break almost every hour without issue. If or when an HR employee walks in it becomes a show of smoke and mirrors never allowing them to see the reality going on. What else is a shame is the fact that SeraCare pays three supervisors / managers to oversee nine people. YES 9! Although one person of authority whom lingers around disrupting the work environment with the title of Director is there only to socialize with his buddies and discuss who is drinking what and where after work. All this added in with pour financial compensation creates massive employee turnover throughout the company. SeraCare truly does not care, I would recommend seeking employment elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees, review compensation in the industry and get on board. Implement Drug testing to be hired and then random testing on an annual basis (you need this more then you know) Have HR in each building on a regular schedule to visit with employees and be involved. If profits are a concern, why three managers for nine people? Last of all, stop having people post false reviews to make the above issues seem non existent .


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Very disappointed in my experience here."

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

    I have been working at SeraCare Life Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Free coffee, free fruit on Wednesdays, lot's of parking, great commute and yummy cookies at company meetings.

    Cons

    Compensation is low and below industry standard. Benefits are mediocre. Paid time off policy lumps sick time and vacation time. Lot's of sick people come to work when they shouldn't. When you get sick you feel like your being punished if you take time off. Management is out of touch with their employees. There is a lot of finger pointing and back stabbing instead of working together to resolve issues. Many mangers don't have a clue about their own departments and will try to impress executives at the expense of their own staff. There is lot's of turn over. The company has lost lot's of hard working talent. Morale is low. Career growth is limited to nonexistent.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Horrible Culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SeraCare Life Sciences full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The business product is in demand and the quality of the product is well respected in the industry. Company was purchased back in April 2012 and the new owners seem to have good direction to where they want to take the company.

    Cons

    Feels more like a millitary camp sometimes than a modern company. Very out dated technology/systems. Policies are very oppressive to employees - no outlet for expressing your feelings. Opportunity for growth is not visible as positions are not advertised internally. Some managers dont seem to really "value" their employees - all replaceable. Depending on what department your in, it can be very lifeless and boring.

    Advice to Management

    Show more appreciation for those that have stood by the company all these years and still are committed to the business. HR needs to be less scornful and be more genuinely supportive.


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