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LifeScan Reviews

Updated Dec 22, 2019

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3.3
60%
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94%
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LifeScan CEO Alex Gorsky
Alex Gorsky
8 Ratings
Pros
  • "Part of the J&J family of companies(in 10 reviews)

  • "Lots of great people have worked here(in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "When senior management did not properly anticipate or prepare for Medicare reimbursement being reduced, the U(in 5 reviews)

  • "Market is shrinking, making it harder to justify innovation(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at LifeScan full-time

    Pros

    It's a great company to work for with lots of perks and managers who are willing to help out.

    Cons

    Lots of regulations and processes

    LifeScan2016-07-04
  2. "Meets metrics, works hard to retain good employees"

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    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Burnaby, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employees, culture, work life balance, growth opportunities

    Cons

    New technology, deploying new ideas, red tape, salary expectation

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    LifeScan2019-12-22
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company, with good people"

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    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great People -Phenomenal Middle Management -Fair Compensation

    Cons

    -Challenging Market -Lack of upward mobility

    LifeScan2019-03-05
  4. Helpful (1)

    "LifeScan great place to work!!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at LifeScan full-time

    Pros

    Get to work on your own. Great salary

    Cons

    They frequently have work withs which is a pain.

    LifeScan2018-05-27
  5. "Good Stepping Stone But Don't Stay Long"

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    Customer Services Representative in Burnaby, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at LifeScan for more than a year

    Pros

    Supervisors and co-workers are very friendly and accommodating. The job is fairly simple and rewarding as you're helping people suffering from a disease and you can make a lot of customers days. Paid training. Paid lunch if goals are met. Whenever you need something supervisors do their best to procure it for you.

    Cons

    Supervisors always in meetings makes getting help difficult at times. Pay is below average for the amount of work given. Very short-staffed for most of the year and turn-over rate has recently gotten fairly high. Not very flexible when it comes to scheduling due to the short-staff issue. No room for growth within the company even though they say they hire from within. Lots of issues with payroll due to newly hired operations supervisor (should improve over time). Lots of miscommunication between supervisors and reps. Lack of accountability within supervisor team.

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    LifeScan2017-04-06
  6. "Excellent company with great values linked to supporting diabetes patients"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at LifeScan full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great people, products and collaborative approach to achieve results

    Cons

    Global reimbursement challenges due to aging population, drastic increase in diabetes diagnosis and pressures on healthcare costs.

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    LifeScan2014-04-03
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Competitive compensation. Over worked."

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at LifeScan full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good benefits. Competitive compensation.

    Cons

    Too many projects. Too little people. Overtime. Overworked. Bad work life balance.

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    LifeScan2014-03-08
  8. Helpful (1)

    "LifeScan Canada: Great people, good organization, but market outlook poor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    For the Canadian division of LifeScan, the people both in the field and at the Home Office are bar none among the best you'll ever meet. While functional silos exist, generally most staff collaborate and bond with each other well. There's a fair amount of autonomy; a "gung ho" attitude prevails to get the job done. Culturally, while the company adheres to the larger J&J Credo values, in many ways it feels like a small company - mostly the better parts. Very process and results oriented as a whole - everyone knows their job and what is expected of them. Work-life balance is great, atmosphere and dress is casual. Comp tends to be competitive. Working at LifeScan also opens up doors to the greater J&J family in terms of lateral or upwards career moves.

    Cons

    LifeScan is in the medical devices market, which combines (arguably) the worse of both retail and pharma environments; this makes for challenging regulatory requirements which can lead into a byzantine bureaucracy of its own. IT is the big exception for collaboration at LifeScan - very frustrating to deal with, tends to hobble staff. Upward and lateral career opportunities within LifeScan tend to be relatively few. Staffing is lean, which means more work for the few - and usually with fewer and fewer resources. Senior management tries their best, but is ultimately hobbled by having to march to the beat of Global Headquarters, both in terms of overall company direction and product. Internal communications sometimes leave a few things to be desired.

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    LifeScan2013-09-22
  9. "Boring and backwards"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Zug
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at LifeScan full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent work life balance as you will have more life than work if working for LifeScan. People even travel to the seaside and say they will be „working“ from there. Never seen this in any other company. Also, working from home is not an issue. Many people hardly show up in the office. A very good (JnJ) canteen in Zug office.

    Cons

    The most boring job I ever had. Zero innovation and most likely no future. Unless somebody buys them and starts investing. Pay is very average. The competition is much more advanced. In terms of culture it is like back in the 90ies. No real leadership, the managers don’t take any decisions or use their brain, they just communicate decisions from the top or other departments. People are not empowered. Also, the communication is very poor and not transparent. One can learn more news in the coffee corner than from the management or official communication channels. The Zug office is shrinking. Every other week somebody is leaving. People are highly not motivated. I’ve not seen any inspiring leader here so far.

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    LifeScan2019-10-17
  10. "LifeScan"

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Wayne, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at LifeScan full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    None worth mentioning at this time

    LifeScan2019-09-04

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