Quidel Reviews

Updated 6 April 2015
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  1. Satisfying Work

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    Current Contractor - Associate Process Group Chemist in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Contractor - Associate Process Group Chemist in San Diego, CA (US)

    I have been working at Quidel as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great hours and good pay.

    Cons

    Some Management problems and workload size

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people to disperse the workload better.

  2. Industry experience.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Quidel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Co-workers are intelligent and pleasant to work with.

    Cons

    Company does not care about their employees or value them; knows they pay below the average for the area and still don't give raises.

    Advice to Management

    Too many managers on a single project...

  3. Senior Scientist or Scientist III

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Quidel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good degree of flexibility, management open to good and novel suggestions

    Cons

    Little room for growth, and upward mobility. Do not compensate on merit or hard work, incremental increase in salary, no profit sharing except for management

    Advice to Management

    Need to reward employees for their hard work and inventions

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  5. Well...

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Quidel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people that work there are great and reliable.

    Cons

    The management lacks communication and does not give enough to their employees for the hard work they do.

    Advice to Management

    Pay the employees more and work on better company wide communication.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Avoid working here

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Scientist in Athens, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Scientist in Athens, OH (US)

    I worked at Quidel full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Nice town to live in

    Cons

    Little prospect for advancement. The good jobs are held by young, incompetent legacy employees. They aren't leaving any time soon.
    Only job prospect in town except for really crappy jobs at the university
    Seriously inept management. R+D department destroyed by in-fighting and general incompetence
    Medical diagnostics is a dead end career. The skills that you gain don't translate to other industries.
    Very abusive management unrestrained by HR or upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Show some actual leadership and do the right thing for once. The right thing isn't always easy.

  7. Great place to build your career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Diego, CA (US)

    I worked at Quidel full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent training. Pleasant colleagues and extremely professional. The company was very efficient with manufacturing, customer service and technical support.

    Cons

    Quidel has burned some bridges with distributors. They no longer have all of the contracts and positive relationships that they used to have. They have had high employee turnover in the last five years.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Good middle management, questionable upper management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - R&D Temp in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Contractor - R&D Temp in San Diego, CA (US)

    I worked at Quidel as a contractor

    Pros

    Middle management is very knowledgeable, passionate, and helpful. Culture is fast-paced but casual so it still feels relaxed. Company is trying to innovate.

    Cons

    Bloated upper management and questionable hiring decisions.

  9. Overall good company, but they need to hire better managers .....

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lab Associate in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Lab Associate in San Diego, CA (US)

    I worked at Quidel full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    helpful co-workers, and salary was good...

    Cons

    Training methods needs work, promotions are few...

    Advice to Management

    Be non-biased, and listen to your employees....

  10. Internal struggle of New vs Old

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA (US)

    I worked at Quidel full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    About 98% of the individual contributors are open to new things, competent, dedicated, and stable. The company is coming into the 21st century with its technology and experiencing some exciting growing pains. I'm holding onto its stock. Salary and benefits are decent.

    Cons

    The site has expanded and now the "grunts" are in the old building and the "favorites" are in a nice new one. The lack of collaboration is only going to get worse with the distance. There's a tendency for veteran employees (>10 years) to prevent the integration of new employees (<5 years) and their ideas for improvement/change. There is a marked incentive for keeping things the same as they were in the 90s. Luckily, the CEO is relatively new to the company so there's hope for evolution.

    Advice to Management

    Consider how the internal politics affects the larger picture of the direction the CEO is trying to take the company.

  11. I would go back if I could, definitely the benchmark company that I compare others to now

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Quidel full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture, understanding middle managers, great products, excellent outlook.

    Cons

    Not much growth unless you are one of the "favorites".

    Advice to Management

    Be more proactive with rewarding top talent.

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