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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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    Interesting place to work...

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Carlsbad, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Carlsbad, CA (US)

    I have been working at Life Technologies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    * Innovative and interesting technologies
    * Opportunities to expand your skillsets quickly
    * Able to work cross-functionally
    * Able to draw talent right out of school pretty easily

    Cons

    * Office politics is so amazing, it gives me a headache
    * Some sites are more prone to be uncooperative than others, and it really shows
    * Engineering is not respected at all
    * Business has no idea how to manage projects, or even promote forward thinking; constant M&A slowly bleeds the company out, and is done even against technical input
    * HR obviously delusional about what the company really does, and makes us seem like we're growing when that's obviously not true
    * Benefits have got to be a joke...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Respect your employees more, and trust their technical input
    * Stop messing with financial books and lying to employees how the company really is
    * Please re-think priorities; in order to sell reagents, you need instruments. Don't just straight up cut engineering because you underfunded them to begin with.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great innovations, but poor delivery

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    Former Employee - Field Applications Specialist
    Former Employee - Field Applications Specialist

    I worked at Life Technologies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Innovative atmosphere - new product or service almost every week.
    Good and opened management team in Europe. Good benefits (except of salary).
    A lot of opportunities for training.

    Cons

    Comparatively low salary, too much paper and database work, all-the-day conference calls.
    Some issues with customers after changing company strategies terms of "opened" instruments and services.
    Country coefficients for determining the salary are completely inadequate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Product lines: Find complete solutions without third-party vendors
    Customer relations: be responsible for your statements
    Employee relations: simplify reporting and care about employees time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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