Production Chemist II (Former Employee) – San Diego – September 14, 2015
This company provides with good compensation and benefits, however the work/life balance is not good. Must be willing to work overtime frequently, change shifts, departments, etc. The company and it's policies are constantly changing and management does what they can to work with the ever-changing environment, how ever it still falls short in making it's employees feel confortable. The company has a long road of when it comes to improving/updating its processes, which can be very difficult for the employees.
great location, cafeteria and people. wonderful people.
many positions are salary, and require over time work
Project Manager (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – April 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.
good coworkers to work with
lack of benefits, managers who don't care, little pay
Manager (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – March 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.
Senior Program Manager (Current Employee) – Seattle, WA – July 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.
Learning Partner (Current Employee) – Waltham, MA – October 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.
flexible, fast-paced, always changing
not cohesive, low morale, senior mgmt is not transparent
Network Engineer III (Current Employee) – Atlanta, GA – August 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.
Production Coordinator (Current Employee) – San Diego, CA – April 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.
Sales (Former Employee) – South – February 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.
Marketing (Current Employee) – Waltham, MA – October 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.
Excellent pay and opportunity to advance; poor management
Clinical Client Operations Director (Former Employee) – Atlanta, GA – December 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.
working from home; helping to improve quality of life with chronic illnesses
poor management of the business from upper management