What's going on at LIFE?

Synergies=Layoffs
coming B4 year end.

"I am looking at taking at

"I am looking at taking at job in Carlsbad for Life Technologies. Any truth to the rumor that it is a sweatshop? I heard that someone even died from a heart attack at the stress in R&D? Is this a new reality in this economy or is that just "part of the culture" of Life?"

Take it somewhere else low life, like back to your gutter. Your comments are completely cheap and even if we believed the comment about talking at job at Carlsbad we don't want you. Have some respect for the family and what they are going through.

Life is like a box of

Life is like a box of chocolates. All the bad pieces remain in the box and go stale because nobody wants them.

Yes - Life Tech wants to kill

Yes - Life Tech wants to kill its staff. "It's company policy to give you the plague" (-CM Burns).

I am looking at taking at job

I am looking at taking at job in Carlsbad for Life Technologies. Any truth to the rumor that it is a sweatshop? I heard that someone even died from a heart attack at the stress in R&D? Is this a new reality in this economy or is that just "part of the culture" of Life?

"Scotland will be

"Scotland will be downsized."

What does this idiotic statement mean? Are some of the islands to declare independence? Are the English or Irish planning to invade and diminish Scotland's realm? Or will the earth simply open up and swallow swathes of the country?

Really, you should give a little more consideration to the drivel that you post here.

Layoffs happened at the India

Layoffs happened at the India site as well.
Some pretty good guys were asked to leave because of the sorry state of the Indian Management team and their American masters.

Layoffs happened at the India

Layoffs happened at the India site as well.
Some pretty good guys were asked to leave because of the sorry state of the Indian Management team and their American masters.
God bless Life Tech

Is this guy still at

Is this guy still at LIFE?
Scott Conradson (Vice President, Advanced Technology and Systems R&D, Genetic Systems at Life Technologies)

This guy's wrtitten English is still at grade school level, but is VP for us!!!!

"P&L responsibility for the Ciphergen mass spectrometry tools acquisition, including business and technology strategy, company integration, leading marketing and R&D, working closely sales on international sales, conceiving and leading partnering activities."---from linkedin

Hey! With initials like BP

Hey! With initials like BP do you think we could somehow slam him for the gulf oil spill? It would be closer to reality than some of these posts.

Tried out the links. Good

Tried out the links. Good luck with the social networking and the matress. Looks like you're going all the way.

I can name a couple. He was

I can name a couple. He was in Baxter Dade in Miami before the site was closed. He was also at the Botox place in California. He has been around-one of the directors showed me his resume. By the way, the dishwasher was eventually fired. He didn't wash dishes, he sat around and read newspapers while the dishes piled up. I have a position at BP's level in another company and while he certainly had a debacle to try to put together in a cohesive way, I was not overly impressed with him. May have known manufacturing but not really a visionary or analytical thinker. There was another guy there, DC, who was capable of running the show but I think he may be looking at retirement soon.

I'll bet BP and his wife get into tape-LOL

Hasn't LIFE outsourced

Hasn't LIFE outsourced dishwashing to India?

For Heaven's sake even BP has

For Heaven's sake even BP has a sense of humor. I think it is the message he is giving that is important. People know how to do their job, managers don't need to make every decision and managers do need to delegate. And name BP's last 13 positions.

BP is "empowering the

BP is "empowering the dishwasher". His comment, not mine.
He's been using this same script in his 13 positions.

Finally you're beginning to

Finally you're beginning to use your gray matter. Qiagen, Illumina and Sigma mostly compete in certain market segments rather than across the board with Life Technologies. As such, LT and Sigma, LT and Illumina, LT and Qiagen are typically the top two companies in the segments where they compete and therefore typically growing faster than market.

Of course I'm using the mean or median across 50,000 SKUs. The logic still holds that LT is growing because of volume not because of price

Where are your facts? Speak

Where are your facts? Speak with data not speculation or opinion.

On revenue outgrowing market, for Q1 2010, LIFE beat Sigma year on year, underperformed Illumina, Qiagen, and Thermo. I would consider those companies to be a pretty good definition of the "market". So from public data, I would conclude that LIFE revenue is not outgrowing the market.

On price increases, I'm sure with 50,000+ SKUs, you can claim that your mean or median price increase is single digits. There are thousands of products with no price increases (and minimal sales) for 2010. There have also been products (without improvement or size/unit changes) with triple digit price increases in the last year.

Where are your facts? Speak

Where are your facts? Speak with data not speculation or opinion. Business as a whole growing upper single digits/low double digits. Price increases don't even break a single percentage point. All public domain.

...Revenues outgrowing

...Revenues outgrowing market, improved profitability...

Unfortunately, your revenue growth isn't matching your price increases, indicating decreasing sales in many product categories.

It's called continuous

It's called continuous improvement. Manufacturing will always change and before you let your cynicism say it, we know the change needs to be a positive one. If you hadn't noticed the company has changed. Revenues outgrowing market, improved profitability, reinvestment into the business and operations. Keep watching and it will change some more. Every day, every week.

So next month is 7 years of

So next month is 7 years of GL leadership in CB, and manufacturing is still in need of changes. Thought that one would have been nailed down by now... Oh right, he's been busy sorting out manufacturing at all the acquired sites.

Wrong. BA from Grand Island

Wrong. BA from Grand Island is the new manufacturing head in CB. This was announced weeks ago. BA has been transitioning over as BP transitions back to Austin. I think the changes started at CB will continue.

He's back in Austin again.

He's back in Austin again. No replacement in CBD!

Where did Petri go in

Where did Petri go in Carlsbad? He was shaking things up and scaring middle management into caring and listening to the little guys then poof, gone.. back to normal.

No more smoking? Time to look

No more smoking? Time to look for a new job.

"Rubbish"

"Rubbish"

Rubbsih. They are taking on

Rubbsih. They are taking on lots of new people in Scotland. And don't forget the Warrington office consolidation in Glasgow.

Scotland will be downsized.

Scotland will be downsized. Manufacturing will remain but distribution and other operations will move to Netherlands.

Actually some patent were

Actually some patent were thrown out but they have plenty of others to snooker the competition (the referenced "isolated DNA" patent situation is under appeal and will eventually be overturned as previously stated). At teh end of the day the Courts, ACLU and the hysterics of people like Doogen (DUKE), will have done nothing but stir up uncertainly in the market. Companies will not be funded and ideas will not come to marker all because of these naive ivory tower types.

I too am shocked to see

I too am shocked to see gossip on the rumor mill. what has this world come to?

Patents were not "thrown

Patents were not "thrown out," only certain claim. This case will be turned over at the Federal Courts (most District court verdicts are).

I for one am shocked to find

I for one am shocked to find gossip on the Rumor Mill, though I would guess that this topic is of high import to the 250 soon to be former LIFE employees losing their jobs in Camarillo. Any guesses as to which site is next in line to be closed after the dust settles from the Biosource shutdown?

This could be quite horrific

This could be quite horrific for the industry as a whole. Genes are not "man-made", and therefore shouldn't be considered for a patent.

What, no comments or thoughts

What, no comments or thoughts from anyone about the judge who threw out the patents of Myriad Genetics, and how that will impact almost all bio-tech companies if the appeals get reversed??? Stop talking gossip and comment on real important things LIKE THIS!!

Layoff 250 in CA, transfer

Layoff 250 in CA, transfer 100 of their jobs to Maryland, get a grant for "job creation"...
Reminds me of the state training funds being used to "train" MBAs and PhDs to fill in request forms for travel. Just so we could pay more for travel than booking it ourselves on the web, resulting in executives getting better perks from the travel agency.

How many of those jobs will

How many of those jobs will be filled by Camarillo people?

Wednesday March 31, 2010,

Wednesday March 31, 2010, 2:36 pm EDT
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- Laboratory supplier Life Technologies Corp. says it expects to add 100 jobs in Frederick by expanding its operations there.

The Frederick County Commissioners on Tuesday pledged $50,000 worth of services, enabling the company to qualify for a $500,000 state economic development grant.

The Carlsbad, Calif.-based company currently employs 300 in Frederick.

The local operations director says the new jobs will be in manufacturing, research and development.

It doesn't happen everywhere.

It doesn't happen everywhere. Just companies run by management with overblown expectations of entitlement. Places where the most profitable product is selling stock to your own employees. The price increases LIFE has enacted over the last few years will eventually bite back at them. I looked at a LIFE vector last week and realized it was hundreds less expensive to have the functional parts of it synthesized in the backbone of my choice... Yet another instance of a LIFE product disappearing of my lab benches because of non-competitive pricing.

Come on...It's everywhere the

Come on...It's everywhere the same. If you can't live with this change something, start up your own business and stop complaining.
Nobody wants to to hear this.

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The same old bullshit! Tens of millions spent by the company on remodeling. Thousands more spent on catering everyday for all the paper pushers, and they come back and give us the business about "tough times" and how that relates to raises. The employees who make this company money are for sure not rewarded while the tenants upstairs are always rewarded tremendously.

The same old bullshit! Tens

The same old bullshit! Tens of millions spent by the company on remodeling. Thousands more spent on catering everyday for all the paper pushers, and they come back and give us the business about "tough times" and how that relates to raises. The employees who make this company money are for sure not rewarded while the tenants upstairs are always rewarded tremendously.

What ass did you kiss to get

What ass did you kiss to get that kind of raise and ICP?? I did the same quality work as last year with nothing bad on my review in either year and pulled down 1% less this year. The company wastes so much damn money and it will always be at the expense of employee"s merit increases.

Yes, absolutely there will be

Yes, absolutely there will be more layoffs. When? sometimes in the future. Where? one or more sites domestic and international. Hope that help you.

Thank you for your informed

Thank you for your informed comment. I'm sure you have many more to come.

yes, many more to come.

yes, many more to come.

Any news on layoffs?

Any news on layoffs?

"My merit was 6% and my ICP

"My merit was 6% and my ICP was 160%. I was pretty happy with it. I heard a lot of people got no raise at all and under 100% on the ICP."

Sounds like a bit of mischief making to me.

My merit was 6% and my ICP

My merit was 6% and my ICP was 160%. I was pretty happy with it. I heard a lot of people got no raise at all and under 100% on the ICP.

I would hope that the

I would hope that the Camarillo people that cannot get a transfer could land at Amgen, but when they are laying of 20-30 people a month like clockwork, good luck with that.......

The closure of Camarillo is sad, but the reality is, it is needed. The building is of extrememly poor design, and is not large enough for the amount of business they do. Heck, they don't even have enough cubes to hold the office staff they have.

The statement of the management not having a clue is pretty much on target also. There is alot of things they cannot do logistically since they don't own the building, but everything is just an out of control mess on top of that. The planning is haphazard, the manufacturing is uncontrolled, there is so little documentation that is in order, it is sad. Hopefully things can change for the better when they land in Frederick.

Missed the announcement of

Missed the announcement of LIFE closing the site, did you? It's something they somehow forgot to put out a press release about...

As they did for Bromborough in the UK.

Closure of Camarillo was long

Closure of Camarillo was long overdue. Good people will lose their jobs. Luckily Amgen is just down the road, for those who can win a position there. The failure of Camarillo was, quite simply, a failure of leadership. There were too many fiefdoms and on one could see past their own kingdom to make the best decisions for the business. It's a sad story, but one that isn't unique to LIFE/IVGN.

Missed the announcement of

Missed the announcement of LIFE closing the site, did you? It's something they somehow forgot to put out a press release about...

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