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3.8
Average Rating
(based on 37 Life Technologies Review Ratings)
Company Culture
3.7
Growth Opportunities
3.1
People You Work With
4.1
Person You Work For
3.9
Rewards You Receive
3.6
Support You Get
3.9
Way You Work
4.0
Work Setting
3.9
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HR Specialist
in Foster City, CA

"During my employment with Applied Biosystems, I was given a majority of the department duties in less than 2 months. I enjoyed the work that I was in charge of. But, the lack of co-workers cooperation and resources made my job difficult."

Person You Work For 2 / 5 People You Work With 2 / 5 Work Setting 3 / 5
Support You Get 1 / 5 Rewards You Receive 4 / 5 Growth Opportunities 2 / 5
Company Culture 2 / 5 Way You Work 2 / 5
Software Developer Intern
in Carlsbad, CA

"I had nice experience working at life technologies."

Person You Work For 5 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 5 / 5
Support You Get 5 / 5 Rewards You Receive 4 / 5 Growth Opportunities 4 / 5
Company Culture 5 / 5 Way You Work 4 / 5

Company-Industry Rating Comparison

3.8
Life Technologies (58)

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3.0 Lowest Rated in this Industry is Wireless Advocates (20)
3.7 Average of All Companies in this Industry (6,392)
Life Technologies Employee
in Carlsbad, CA

"I have worked for Life Technologies for nearly two years. The company offers a great career development plan and tools for individual success. The company also recognizes accomplishments, and promotions/bonuses are fairly distributed. The dynamic of the company is always changing, so individuals that are adaptive to change will succeed."

Person You Work For 3 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 4 / 5
Support You Get 5 / 5 Rewards You Receive 4 / 5 Growth Opportunities 4 / 5
Company Culture 4 / 5 Way You Work 4 / 5
Life Technologies Employee
in South San Francisco, CA
Person You Work For 5 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 3 / 5
Support You Get 3 / 5 Rewards You Receive 3 / 5 Growth Opportunities 3 / 5
Company Culture 3 / 5 Way You Work 3 / 5

Average Life Technologies Ratings in the Past 3 Years

Year Salary
2011 $3
2012 $3
2013 $3
Quality Control Scientist
in Camarillo, CA

". I am happy that I got a chance to play a leadership role in my laboratory"

What do you like about working at Life Technologies?

"the freedom to troubleshoot on my own and get to learn from my sitakes."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"All skills in the laboratory are relevant so don't leave anything out."

What don't you like about working at Life Technologies?

"they moved to Maryland and took the business with them"

What suggestions do you have for management?

"make team building events regularly scheduled activities for all groups ."

Person You Work For 4 / 5 People You Work With 4 / 5 Work Setting 4 / 5
Support You Get 4 / 5 Rewards You Receive 4 / 5 Growth Opportunities 4 / 5
Company Culture 4 / 5 Way You Work 4 / 5
Engineer
in Austin, TX

"Challenging and rewarding."

What do you like about working at Life Technologies?

"I liked creating new devices to solve the problems they were having in manufacturing."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Do your best to convey a desire to work in a team environment."

What don't you like about working at Life Technologies?

"The uncertainty / lack of security due to their dependence on the political climate pertaining to the biotech industry."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Give the engineering department more freedom to implement solutions to manufacturing issues."

Person You Work For 5 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 4 / 5
Support You Get 4 / 5 Rewards You Receive 4 / 5 Growth Opportunities 3 / 5
Company Culture 4 / 5 Way You Work 4 / 5
Manufacturing Team Leader
in Brown Deer, WI

"Very good starting job that has developed key experiences to succeed in life"

What do you like about working at Life Technologies?

"Life Technologies has bright vision for the future and is developing its place within the the Biotech arena by leveraging the technologies int he company to give full system answers for consumers. The company also offers tuition reimbursement that I am taking advantage of by obtaining my MBA."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Ensure that the day-to-day activities are discussed so the interviewee will know what to expect of the position. Words in job descriptions can sound different than true expectations of the job."

What don't you like about working at Life Technologies?

"My specific is very small and does not allow a lot of room for growth without developing new positions."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"When giving projects or tasks be specific as to what is needed and the timeline that they need to be completed in. Acknowledge a job well done via different company benefits available."

Person You Work For 4 / 5 People You Work With 4 / 5 Work Setting 2 / 5
Support You Get 4 / 5 Rewards You Receive 3 / 5 Growth Opportunities 3 / 5
Company Culture 4 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5
Executive Assistant
in Carlsbad, CA

"Lost job downsizing, when HR stated my job was safe. Great salary-Loved job."

What do you like about working at Life Technologies?

"Its work in savings lives and great compenstation with intellegent employees"

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"If you can get your foot in the door; you will love working with the organization and its mission statement. The company is big on giving to the community and make sure that you have a good time doing it. Be honest that you are ok with working long hours"

What don't you like about working at Life Technologies?

"Extremely long hours with poor benefits and a weak human resources department."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Have panel interviews; be honest and be a team player in using resources especially when traveling"

Person You Work For 5 / 5 People You Work With 3 / 5 Work Setting 3 / 5
Support You Get 5 / 5 Rewards You Receive 5 / 5 Growth Opportunities 3 / 5
Company Culture 3 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5
Business Systems Manager
in Carlsbad, CA

"A wonderful company to work for."

What do you like about working at Life Technologies?

"Wonderful company with the mission of making life better. Feels great to work here."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Company leadership is highly intelligent. Don't underestimate the people you talk to."

What don't you like about working at Life Technologies?

"Nothing - just interested in trying the consulting world. I wouldn't make changes here."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Keep up the good work. It's a wonderful place to work."

Person You Work For 5 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 4 / 5
Support You Get 5 / 5 Rewards You Receive 5 / 5 Growth Opportunities 4 / 5
Company Culture 5 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5
Manufacturing Technician
in Pleasanton, CA

"Poor Management"

What do you like about working at Life Technologies?

"The company had good intentions, and wanted to make a positive impact to society."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Working for this company is not worth it, unless you're truly desperate for an income."

What don't you like about working at Life Technologies?

"Management was incompetent and showed favoritism towards informants and those who suck up (for lack of a better phrase). I had a supervisor who didn't even understand the basics of the production process, and I was never sure why he was ever hired. Leads and back-up leads are chosen not based on qualification, but seniority and ass-kissing. If a favorite did not follow SOP, it was considered okay. Management is terribly inconsistent, and does not hesitate to compromise employee safety. There was a pregnant operator working with formamide, for heavens sake!"

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Put employee safety and considerations first. Stop firing people or cornering people into quitting its not right."

Person You Work For 1 / 5 People You Work With 1 / 5 Work Setting 1 / 5
Support You Get 1 / 5 Rewards You Receive 1 / 5 Growth Opportunities 1 / 5
Company Culture 1 / 5 Way You Work 1 / 5
Senior Staff Electrical Engineer
in Eugene, OR

What do you like about working at Life Technologies?

"The group of engineers and biologists that I work with on a daily basis have gelled into a very cohesive unit to solve the product development problems we face."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Immediately branch out beyond where you're hired into, this company prefers procurement rather than development of innovation. That leads to short lifespans for groups and projects internally."

What don't you like about working at Life Technologies?

"As I mentioned, political infighting is a problem and I'm not feeling particularly challenged nor do I see a clear career path forward."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"I'd operate on a mid to long term vision rather than short term and I'd eliminate political infighting."

Person You Work For 4 / 5 People You Work With 3 / 5 Work Setting 3 / 5
Support You Get 3 / 5 Rewards You Receive 2 / 5 Growth Opportunities 2 / 5
Company Culture 3 / 5 Way You Work 3 / 5
Associate Manufacturing Specialist
in Camarillo, CA

"I had more bosses in four years that I lost count."

What do you like about working at Life Technologies?

"I liked the freedom I had in my work designing ELISA's."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"I wouldn't even bother applying. The pay is low and the bonus' are low. It's not worth the mental stress."

What don't you like about working at Life Technologies?

"I hated managment and the turnover rate of my lab. You were considered old if you were there more than a year."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Hire Supervisors that know the ins and outs of the product. I was so tired of having to deal with obstuction from my boss because they didnt understand it."

Person You Work For 1 / 5 People You Work With 2 / 5 Work Setting 5 / 5
Support You Get 1 / 5 Rewards You Receive 1 / 5 Growth Opportunities 1 / 5
Company Culture 1 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5
Marketing Communications Manager
Person You Work For 3.9 / 5 People You Work With 4.8 / 5 Work Setting 3 / 5
Support You Get 3.9 / 5 Rewards You Receive 3.8 / 5 Growth Opportunities 3 / 5
Company Culture 3.6 / 5
Senior Scientist
in Foster City, CA
Person You Work For 4 / 5 People You Work With 4 / 5 Work Setting 3 / 5
Support You Get 4.7 / 5 Rewards You Receive 3 / 5 Growth Opportunities 1.5 / 5
Company Culture 4.8 / 5 Way You Work 3.9 / 5
Director of Facilities
Person You Work For 4.8 / 5 People You Work With 4.9 / 5 Work Setting 4.9 / 5
Support You Get 4.7 / 5 Rewards You Receive 4.7 / 5 Growth Opportunities 4.7 / 5
Company Culture 4.8 / 5 Way You Work 4.8 / 5
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