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Great company, not all teams worth the hassel

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Former Employee - Senior FA  in  Carlsbad, CA (US)
Former Employee - Senior FA in Carlsbad, CA (US)

I worked at Life Technologies full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

- great company, product, longevity
- majority of folks very knowladgable

Cons

- i would NEVER work with some of the finance folks again (bad team players, opportunistic, no understanding of personal life)

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Be actionable about your annual employee survery results and take guidence from it.

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible company to work for.......

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    Current Employee - Scientist II  in  Foster City, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Scientist II in Foster City, CA (US)

    I have been working at Life Technologies full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great coworkers.
    Some groups are rewarding to work in.

    Cons

    Terrible management
    Bad benefits
    Low morale
    Yearly lay-offs
    High Stress

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to know what's wrong with your company talk to the people at the bottom of the chain. Quit laying off valuable employees in the place of incompetent managers. Try to treat your employees like they mean something instead of constantly berating us. We are not the problem.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Challenging, rewarding work in a company making a real difference in the world

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    Current Employee - Operations  in  Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Operations in Austin, TX (US)

    I have been working at Life Technologies full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Online learning modules and lots of training, mentoring program, opportunities to cross-train, management and HR pretty good (I've seen a lot worse). Good local leaders (Austin).

    Cons

    Too much focus on short term goals/quarterly numbers. Sub-cultures within Life Tech (i.e. Ion) are very different and cause high level of stress and frustration. Too much bureaucracy and people to go through for approvals of basic tasks. IT support is terrible - 3 plus weeks to get a laptop.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drive decision-making further down in the company, do better job of planning and executing to longer-term strategy. Improve IT support and new hire experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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