What's going on at LIFE?

Synergies=Layoffs
coming B4 year end.

How Pending? Nobody in

How Pending?

Nobody in Pleasanton has heard of them.

Any news of the pending

Any news of the pending layoffs in FC and PL?

It's times like these when we

It's times like these when we need the calmed, composed, and thoughtful demeanor of Psych Dave

Guess he's being cocky ?

Guess he's being cocky ?

Gee I bought a new car, my

Gee I bought a new car, my kid is going to go to a private school,golly ! But hey, I don't work at LIFE anymore. I must be a sad pathetic little man. LOL

Do you really think any company is safe? Look at the number of threads relating to downsizing - it is a pretty vicious industry. I wouldn't get to cocky or in debt.

I'm making porn films on the side so I have a second career !

If you are involved in

If you are involved in producing a consumable product for LIFE in CA, TX or Warrington U.K. consider yourself gone. Do not buy a new house, car or send your kids to private school.

While its not impossible that you are telling the truth I find it difficult to believe. FC has been told that most of it's production will be moved out but why would Austin & Pleasanton be threatened? Both produce products that would take major effort to relocate.

Not sure how much Warrington does but I do know they produce all of the HID Kits and the allelic ladder - moving those elsewhere would require major investment and effort.

The people at Ambion are a

The people at Ambion are a hard working group and produce great products. There are some small issues, like everywhere else, but nothing that should take away from the great work that comes out of there each day.

True - but what does that have to do with anything?

Gee I bought a new car, my

Gee I bought a new car, my kid is going to go to a private school,golly ! But hey, I don't work at LIFE anymore. I must be a sad pathetic little man. LOL

Do you really think any company is safe? Look at the number of threads relating to downsizing - it is a pretty vicious industry. I wouldn't get to cocky or in debt.

Gee I bought a new car, my

Gee I bought a new car, my kid is going to go to a private school,golly ! But hey, I don't work at LIFE anymore. I must be a sad pathetic little man. LOL

"FC and PL campuses Ghost

"FC and PL campuses Ghost Towns by year end?"
If you are involved in producing a consumable product for LIFE in CA, TX or Warrington U.K. consider yourself gone. Do not buy a new house, car or send your kids to private school.

"FC and PL campuses Ghost

"FC and PL campuses Ghost Towns by year end?"
If you are involved in producing a consumable product for LIFE in CA, TX or Warrington U.K. consider yourself gone. Do not buy a new house, car or send your kids to private school.

Heritage ABI Sites all seem

Heritage ABI Sites all seem to be pulling out all the stops to look good to the new company. Whether it will work in the long run is anyone's guess but it would be interesting to hear how the heritage IVGN sites are reacting?

California is not the only

California is not the only place with issues.
Wholesale data cooking is occurring in TX.
A total smoke and mirrors paint job in the name of 5S.
A site director with a dubious past.
A comical supporting cast.

You need to just get the f**k over whatever injustice you *think* happened to you in your time at Ambion. Posting up comments all the time rehashing your baseless accusations are just making you look more ridiculous each time. The people at Ambion are a hard working group and produce great products. There are some small issues, like everywhere else, but nothing that should take away from the great work that comes out of there each day.

You are a sad, pathetic little man.

California is not the only

California is not the only place with issues.
Wholesale data cooking is occurring in TX.
A total smoke and mirrors paint job in the name of 5S.
A site director with a dubious past.
A comical supporting cast.

Your comments are on the dot.

Your comments are on the dot. FC is full of these people. NMR queen, SB who sleeps in every meeting, SM the so called poymer guru and the list goes on and on........

Most business decisions are based more on politics and have very little to do with logical or cost effective.
Cost prohibitive? Only seems to happen in layoffs ie. decide who is "expensive" or "complaining" to layoff and then decide what poor souls they need to layoff at lower pays to keep the appearance of "non-discrimantory". That is why very productive people get laid off and some incompetents at that level get kept. If you compare the productivity of who is laid off at each experince level the more expensive or political ones go - despite the level of productivity.

Why make oligos in the US at

Why make oligos in the US at all? The oligos they make money on are parts of assays and/or kits, so they can get away with an extra day turnaround and do everything in China.

"Seems a logical idea but

"Seems a logical idea but what would they gain by closing Pleasanton? Save money perhaps but the cost of moving all of the production to the East coast has got to be prohibitive?"

Most business decisions are based more on politics and have very little to do with logical or cost effective.
Cost prohibitive? Only seems to happen in layoffs ie. decide who is "expensive" or "complaining" to layoff and then decide what poor souls they need to layoff at lower pays to keep the appearance of "non-discrimantory". That is why very productive people get laid off and some incompetents at that level get kept. If you compare the productivity of who is laid off at each experince level the more expensive or political ones go - despite the level of productivity.

"Seems a logical idea but

"Seems a logical idea but what would they gain by closing Pleasanton? Save money perhaps but the cost of moving all of the production to the East coast has got to be prohibitive?"

Also there is a heritage AB oligo site in Warrington, En"gland - would they close that as well?"

Life has AB's license to produce AB oligos where ever they see fit. If Pleasenton was near San Diego it would still exist.

Seems a logical idea but what

Seems a logical idea but what would they gain by closing Pleasanton? Save money perhaps but the cost of moving all of the production to the East coast has got to be prohibitive?

Also there is a heritage AB oligo site in Warrington, England - would they close that as well?

Oligos to be moved to

Oligos to be moved to ???.

IVGNs east coast oligo site by end 2010

Oligos to be moved to ???.

Oligos to be moved to ???.

FC and PL campuses Ghost

FC and PL campuses Ghost Towns by year end?

Pleasanton pretty much was anyway but why would Life get rid of it when it's there main oligo factory? The products made there are different to heritage IVGN. They would be mad to close it.

FC is on borrowed time already.

FC and PL campuses Ghost

FC and PL campuses Ghost Towns by year end?

Threatening employees to

Threatening employees to fabricate data would likely be the same.

Wages in China would be

Wages in China would be cheaper. There are no discrimination law suits in China. Quality would probably be similar

I wonder what the savings are

I wonder what the savings are on employee wages, benefits and discrimination issues?

They should move Austin

They should move Austin overseas

"Another 70 in

"Another 70 in March/April."
What is the count or % for the Qtr-end in June?

Another 70 in March/April.

Another 70 in March/April.

you forget the business plan

you forget the business plan isn't science it is to make marketing brochures pretty ones!

RV in Austin has had a

RV in Austin has had a terrible reputation for years

HR dept is the most corrupt

HR dept is the most corrupt at IVGN. One manager in particular. Judgement day is coming for you soon enough.

Pretty much the ethical

Pretty much the ethical standard at LIFE. Anything goes as long as it helps the quarter.

What's going on at Life ?

What's going on at Life ? Fabrication of assay data on an almost wholesale basis at one of their sites. Sheets from scintillation counter are destroyed and the supervisor simply enters numbers into an improperly constructed table and fits the data to the specs. Virtually everything is cooked. And the fluorescence data is even more amusing. the idiot doesn't even know Km or Vmax or anything about basic enzyme kinetics. Should be terminated for cause NOW

"did life have the rumored

"did life have the rumored layoffs for March or April? how many were sent out the door? what locations?"

"It is happening every day a few here and there all adding up. Another big hit will come soon"

Wall St was promised synergy savings due by this quarter end.
So far, the total pink slips do not amount to much. The clock is ticking. Seven weeks and counting. Many small and a big hit or two to come.

did life have the rumored

did life have the rumored layoffs for March or April? how many were sent out the door? what locations?

It is happening every day a few here and there all adding up. Another big hit will come soon

Some pink slips in FC.

Some pink slips in FC. Nothing major yet. Some announcements about MS and his team moving to Carlsbad but "don't worry FC Folks, Greg will have an office at FC".

Yeah right!

did life have the rumored

did life have the rumored layoffs for March or April? how many were sent out the door? what locations?

The comment that I hear

The comment that I hear repeatedly from the H1B people is that there are no jobs in their countries. This includes canada, Australia, Chine (of course), India (that's an easy one), Malaysia,England, and even Germany.

Liked the German ones. Very authoritative and opinionated and got mad at university police for not allowing them to sun bathe topless or nude in their front yards. A wonderful culture to be encouraged !

H1B's were created and

H1B's were created and nurtured with the idea that there was a shortage of technically trained people in the US. And possibly there have been for brief periods of time. What they have evolved into is slave labor for both the H1B and for Americans. H1Bs will work for less and endure no end of corporate abuse. Americans on the other hand are pushed aside because they expect a higher standard and to be paid as professionals.

This has evolved in the universities and really took off in biotech. I remember back in '89, Genentech offered me a post doc for 21,000 a year with $300 cash to relocate. The post doc lasted only two years and I had more stuff in the literature than the arrogant ass wipe who made the offer. When I turned them down, the HR person said repeatedly "But we're the best company in the world !"

The morons on Capitol Hill sit around and wonder why Americans aren't going into science and technology. Well, this ain't your father's DuPont or Merck anymore.

Union Union Union Union Union

Union Union Union Union Union ...

Yes, i love H1B folks. Very

Yes, i love H1B folks. Very culturely enriched, hydrophobic bunch of people who speak wonderful English with distinct accent. Oops! I am one! Ah! Ah!

IVGN IT incompetent

IVGN IT incompetent leadership they are. Poorly designed, deployed systems E1, Infoship, Primertrak, Siebel, Remedy, OR the list goes on and on ..etc... lots of . Keystone cops they are!

IVGN IT incompetent

IVGN IT incompetent leadership they are. Poorly designed, deployed systems E1, Infoship, Primertrak, Siebel, Remedy, OR the list goes on and on ..etc... lots of . Keystone cops they are!

No kidding. Our dear friend

No kidding. Our dear friend Bill Gates is a big abuser of this claiming that he can't get enough well trained engineers here.

"Maybe it's time to start

"Maybe it's time to start rethinking H1B visas"

as on too many or not enough? or how can we lower wages more?

Maybe it's time to start

Maybe it's time to start rethinking H1B visas

maybe it is time to start

maybe it is time to start thinking Union for this industry? Might help job security, descrimination etc.

>Would think that Greg would

>Would think that Greg would be thinking China or India eventually. >Anybody see the big Novartis ad in C&EN looking for bi-lingual >organic chemists for their big expansion in China ? Creepy but I >think that it's a sign of the times for manufacturing.

Would you take a drug that was made in China? Lead, melamine, ethylene glycol, etc are all GRAS excipients there. Yikes

"SAP or ORACLE ? Any

"SAP or ORACLE ?
Any information on this... Please post your responses"

Who from LIFE is on the board of ORACLE?

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