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QIAGEN Reviews

Updated 18 Aug 2019

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QIAGEN CEO Peer M. Schatz
Peer M. Schatz
197 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great workplace with intelligent people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at QIAGEN full-time

    Pros

    Great work life balance and good benefits. Hack-a-thon every 6 months allows employees a nice creative outlet and chance to show their skills.

    Cons

    Work can get a little repetitive. Constant restructuring, re-organizations and layoffs yield for low morale and tenuous job security. No stock option or purchase plans for even high level scientific and software development positions.

    Advice to Management

    Need to instill better morale among employees via. less employment uncertainty, stronger company culture and better stock benefits.

    QIAGEN2017-03-21
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at QIAGEN full-time

    Pros

    Company provides high quality solutions to researchers. Well known brand in the industry.

    Cons

    Work life balance is difficult to achieve

    QIAGEN2017-04-03
  3. "Very interesting company to work with"

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    Current Employee - QA Manager in Hilden
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at QIAGEN full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    work-life balance flexible working hours good career perspectives warm working environment and colleagues industry equivalent salary

    Cons

    bad coffee (but free) sometimes information from top to bottom is filtered

    Advice to Management

    information sent out from EC or Upper Management shall reach also employees at the bottom

    QIAGEN2016-09-28
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Fragmented company with great products"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at QIAGEN full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    QIAGEN is important to many of the most important life science work going on around the world. As an employee, you will be working to help great people make important discoveries. - Freedom in choosing how to do your work. - Strong and scientifically sound products - Great team spirit at the site where I worked - Work/life balance is great

    Cons

    - Weak coherence between the various sites that all do different, semi-competing products and fight each other over R&D budgets. - Extremely weak C-suite leadership. During the time where I was employed, the CEO never addressed the employees directly to discuss or explain the overall strategy or vision for the company. - Compensation is significantly below what you would expect of a biotech company - In the choice...

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    Advice to Management

    If QIAGEN dared to develop software like a modern software company, QIAGEN could make it big in bioinformatics.

    QIAGEN2015-11-30
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Area Business"

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    Current Employee - Business Manager in Germantown, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at QIAGEN

    Pros

    Solid company, good products, good culture. Nice benefits and good work life balance. Good financial stewardship. Highly technical skilled employees.

    Cons

    Senior management is chaotic and communicates poorly. Compensation tracks below industry average. Not a successful innovator. Run as a holding company.

    QIAGEN2015-09-23
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Not so great if you work for a subsidiary"

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    Current Employee - R&D Scientist in Frederick, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at QIAGEN full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The company is pro-research, so has a strong R&D program. If you're single, lots of opportunities to work internationally, so that's great if you like to travel.

    Cons

    I worked at the Frederick site, which was formerly SABiosciences, purchased by QIAGEN. So, QIAGEN kept the same crappy management and the same crappy salary, but removed the large bonuses. Working directly for QIAGEN is probably better- we know they make 10-20% more than SABio employees. I assume QIAGEN does the same with other companies they acquire. Also, you cannot advance unless you are willing to work at an international...

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    Advice to Management

    Put in QIAGEN management- any SABio managers still there are the idiots who couldn't get a job elsewhere. Bump salaries up to the QIAGEN norm- this is causing a lot of resentment in the SABio employees, who no longer have the high risk/high reward of a low salary yet a large bonus.

    QIAGEN2015-08-29
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Many highs and lows over the years but the lows just keep increasing."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at QIAGEN full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Brilliant R&D, excellent quality, international company, decent investment in training. The brand and quality are keeping the company alive.

    Cons

    Middle management useless, low salaries, difficult work/life balance for lean sales force. Culture of innovation and inspiration has given way to mindless worker bees. The company shifting efforts towards MDx causing sustained loss of focus and direction. No focus means unclear goals and responsibilities leading to lack of accountability.

    Advice to Management

    More internal promotions, many mistakes made in layoffs and lessons not learned. Focus focus focus

    QIAGEN2014-08-20
  8. Helpful (5)

    "A sinking ship"

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    Former Employee - Marketing 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at QIAGEN full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of exposure to new responsibilities, great co-workers, decent work-life balance

    Cons

    constant reorganization, continuing decrease in benefits, no accountability, poor leadership from senior management, lack of communication and significant cultural differences between N. America and European HQ, poor pay, increase in responsibilities without subsequent increase in compensation, constant changes in strategy

    Advice to Management

    Be acquired by a company that can get instill improved culture and get rid of senior management. Stop decreasing employee headcounts in core business, hold all employees accountable, starting with executive level down to non-management.

    QIAGEN2014-07-16
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, fast paced, CEO with vision, company with a mission. Overall, pretty good place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at QIAGEN

    Pros

    Great people, very fast-paced and you will never have the time to be bored. The company mission and recent molecular diagnostics acquisitions give a sense of noble purpose, that our efforts genuinely are beneficial for humanity. Company really does try to give a sense to employees that their efforts are valued (whether this is fully successful is another matter). QIAGEN is clearly a leader in biotech, with a much higher...

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    Cons

    As one reviewer mentioned, even when the company soundly beats Wall Street earnings guidance, North America at least never comes close to beating "internal" earnings targets, giving the impression that these financial goals for bonus calculations are essentially unattainable and unrealistic and are set this way to avoid paying full bonuses to employees. Sales quotas are also often set unrealistically high in some territories....

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    Advice to Management

    We have become a company with global operations, start acting that way and address the "Europe above everyone else" behavior. Open up Global level positions to base in other locations, so not just Europeans or those who can relocate to Europe can advance beyond middle management. Understand US customers are more demanding and meet their expectations (for example, instrument parts are stocked mostly at Switzerland subsidiary,...

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    QIAGEN2009-12-20
  10. "Geht bergab"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hilden
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at QIAGEN full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Tolle gEbäude, moderne Büroräume, nette Kollegen

    Cons

    Unternehmenskultur geht den Bach runter, viele Abteilungen haben mit extremer Mitarbeiterflucht zu kämpfen, Beförderungen ohne Gehaltsanpassungen, Work-Life-Balance verändert sich zum Negativen

    Advice to Management

    Selbst die Unternehmenswerte leben

    QIAGEN2018-12-22
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