Alere, Inc Employee Reviews in United States

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Management doesn't know what they're doing
Project Manager (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAApril 16, 2015
Management and all the executives (with the exception to ONE person) works little to not at all. They outsource everything or hand the work to the middle management or lower management. However, none of the executives know how to do anything on their own, besides micromanage to keep you feeling worthless.

Morale has been low ever since the riff that happened so many times, laying off hundreds of people, the CEO resigning, and then a hire freeze. Even now when things are supposed to be "better", they don't have the money to give anyone raises, but executives can spend ridiculous amount of money on travel and events for guests and clients.

All projects I ever worked were cut off the budget each year. Layoffs happen so frequently and of course, all the good people are laid off. The ones who sexually harrass you at boot camp gets promoted and gets an office.

Management has no idea what they're doing and this company will eventually crumble to the ground.
Pros
good coworkers to work with
Cons
lack of benefits, managers who don't care, little pay
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Did not enjoy working there
Manager (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CAMarch 26, 2015
The site had a lot of compliance challenges (lots of issues with basic GMP compliance. Always in a rush to get compliance tasks done but seldom concerned about taking the time to get things right the first time. Unrealistic timelines with same core of knowledgeable people assigned to projects; management by chaos. Employment instability (frequent lay offs, always waiting for the ax to fall). Too much dependence on temp workers that are not invested in company/quality. Many stressed out people. A lot of good people working there, interesting technology but getting a bit dated to very dated. Laid back culture.
Pros
Good salary, ESPP, 401k match
Cons
No bonuses or stock options
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Device Support Specialist (Current Employee) –  atlantaApril 9, 2014
A great job. My coworkers are awesome! You have to have patience as you have to help the edlerly set up devices.
Pros
great benefits
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Great people to work with
Senior Program Manager (Current Employee) –  Seattle, WAJuly 17, 2015
A typical day is managing the project team and driving to delivery the projects and initiatives. The most enjoyable part of my job is the team of people that I work with. They are all highly skilled and fun to work with.
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Fast paced culture with no merging
Learning Partner (Current Employee) –  Waltham, MAOctober 31, 2012
The company offers a lot of challenge and sometimes opportunities as things are always changing and growing within the M&A culture. The management still works in a "entrepreneurial" fashion even though the organization is over 14000 people. This leads to silos and much repetition in the organization, and no consolidation of resources or centralization of practices.
Pros
flexible, fast-paced, always changing
Cons
not cohesive, low morale, senior mgmt is not transparent
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On going new learning curve
Network Engineer III (Current Employee) –  Atlanta, GAAugust 14, 2014
Alere presents a new challenges each time we acquires a new company. Implementing standards is what we work hard on maintaining thought out the company. I love working with other departments on troubleshooting and resolving issues related to network connectivity.
Pros
working remote
Cons
job stability
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Good place to work
Manager (Current Employee) –  LivermoreApril 7, 2015
This is a good company to work for with lots of room for growth. Friendly people and lots of change. I enjoy working for a company that really does have a direct impact on peoples quality of life.
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Fast-paced place with lopsided benefits
Production Coordinator (Current Employee) –  San Diego, CAApril 21, 2014
A great place to work at for 1 year or 2 and then take your experience and get out.
Everything changes constantly and the communication is so poor half time most people have no idea what's going on. By the time word spreads around that priority is on item B, it's switched to C and the process starts all over again.

The rate of temp-to-hire conversion is terrible and the pay is on the low end for the industry. The only upside seems to be the subsidized cafeteria (about $5 for a wide variety of food), the heavily subsidized coffee cart ($1/drink, even the type with 4 shots of espresso), and the Friday beer keg.
Pros
coffee
Cons
pay
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Growing pains
Sales (Former Employee) –  SouthFebruary 16, 2015
Traveled in field with co-workers to meet with customers. Numerous internal meetings. While it was frustrating dealing with the internal politics and jockeying for control the company had some great products.
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Great place to work
Director, Human Resources (Current Employee) –  Richmond, VAOctober 7, 2014
Great place to work

Great opportunities

•a typical day at work
•what you learned
•management
•your co-workers
•the hardest part of the job
•the most enjoyable part of the
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Strong culture, passionate employees
Marketing (Current Employee) –  Waltham, MAOctober 4, 2014
Dynamic organization, friendly, highly talented. Many changes have taken place due to reorganizations and rightsizing, which has impacted staffing and overall morale. But despite these challenges, the staff continues to step up to the plate and deliver to their internal and external customers.
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Stable company with a lot of potential
Supplier Process Engineer (Current Employee) –  Scarborough, MEJanuary 10, 2014
This company is ever changing and constantly growing. It is a dynamic organization with opportunities for job expansion.
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Great people to work with products having Manufacturing issues
Strategic Business Executive Mid-South Region (Current Employee) –  Mid South Region AL, TN, KY, OH, INDecember 4, 2014
Partnered with sales reps to push products on to pathways and protocols.
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Excellent pay and opportunity to advance; poor management
Clinical Client Operations Director (Former Employee) –  Atlanta, GADecember 17, 2013
A typical day would vary with this position, but analyzing reports was always part of the day. I often listened to clinical calls and reviewed patient records (charts) to evaluate and provide feedback to the clinical staff. I created and maintained all clinical and non-clinical processes and trained the nurses and non-clinical staff on the content and the program. I worked with various departments (IT, Operations, Clinical, Enrollment, Reporting, Client Management, etc.) to run a major health plan account.

I learned how to train and create training documents. The client I supported was a large health plan, so I learned about claims and about how a health plan operated versus a large corporation.

Management was a revolving door and largely hands off for the last 5 years (since my original company was bought out). Communication was poor, and many clients were lost after the buy out.

There was nobody else in a role like mine, but I worked very closely with the account manager and clinical management. The team was very driven to provide excellent service to the health plan the their members that we serviced.

The hardest part of the job was the problem with management and working with some difficult personalities.

The most enjoyable part of the job was seeing the positive results with the health plan members. We provided telephonic disease management for members with CHF, COPD, Diabetes, CAD, Back Pain, RMD, Osteo and Rheumatoid arthritis, Migraines and Tension headache, depression, as well as wellness coaching.
Pros
working from home; helping to improve quality of life with chronic illnesses
Cons
poor management of the business from upper management
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Technical Service Representative (Former Employee) –  Princeton, NJFebruary 22, 2013
Fast-paced most days. Learned how to interact with customers from the lab, pathologists, rheumatologist and hospital directors. Made many connections.
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Lots of Change!
Account Executive - South Carolina Territory (Current Employee) –  Charleston, SCJune 3, 2013
Team Concept within each division. A lot of turn over due to FDA recall.Award producers.
Pros
great people
Cons
insurance
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Good Company
Development Engineer (Former Employee) –  San Diego, CANovember 10, 2013
Challenging work, amiable and knowledgeable coworkers, great environment.
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3.4
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