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IDEXX is a company with big ideas and ambitions – and we know that achieving our goals doesn’t happen with one line of thinking. Collaboration brings different thoughts and perspectives together to help us imagine all the possibilities and do our most creative and forward-thinking work.

Choosing where you want to work is a big decision. There are a number of factors involved – everything from the pay and benefits, the location, to the people you’d be calling your teammates. What matters most to you? If meaningful work and a sense of purpose are at the top of your list, IDEXX is the place for you.  

Who we are

 
The courage to lead
The courage to lead

"When I grow up I want to become a doctor." That was Lily Lu's career objective at the ripe old age of seven. "I remember telling my mom and how supportive she was, saying girls could grow up to be whatever they wanted since it was now the 1980s."

Lily's mom had grown up in Taiwan during the 1950s when most families didn't send girls to college. "My mom went to bookkeeping school instead and she wanted to make sure I had different opportunities," adds Lily. While medical school wasn't the path Lily ultimately chose, she did graduate with her law degree in 1997, and over almost 20 years in the corporate legal profession, she has steadily assumed positions with increased scope and responsibilities. She joined IDEXX in 2013 as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel. The theme of opportunity is one that Lily is still mindful of when it comes to mentoring women who want to grow as leaders. "Just as my mom told me that anything is possible, I want to do the same for others and be a resource."

A powerful sign
A powerful sign
Being hearing impaired can be a lonely and isolating experience at times.” Meg Tupa-Lo, a medical lab tech in our Elmhurst lab, shares these thoughts during a team huddle using sign language – and the cool part of this story is that the rest of her team can follow right along. Click Meg's video to learn how!


A place to call home
A place to call home

"I’ve always prided myself on being somewhat nomadic – traveling the world working in different leadership positions within HR.” This is how Gio Twigge, our Chief Human Resources Officer, recalls his life before coming to Maine. “I never thought of Maine as a place I would develop roots, but after five years here, my husband Scott and I know this is now home." Maine is also the place where Gio and Scott became proud pet owners of their two Maine Coon cats, Hoshi and Minouche. “They rule our world and we wouldn’t have it any other way."

My Hometown
My Hometown

Every other month, we share stories about where some of our colleagues grew up and how that influences who they are today – in a series we call My Hometown. An excerpt of one such story follows:

When Hanan Dababneh hears something in the U.S. referred to as “old,” she always chuckles. “1800s is not old,” proclaims the Atlanta Lab Manager who is from Jordan, a Middle Eastern country with a history dating back thousands of years.

The eldest of 10 brothers and sisters, Hanan was raised on a large farm with acres of olive trees that all her siblings helped pick each fall. “We all had a love-hate relationship with this event,” Hanan remembers. “It was a lot of work, but it taught us the value of team work, helping family and being self-sufficient.”

Hanan lives her life in the same way, incorporating old traditions from Jordan with newer pursuits she has recently discovered. Every morning in her kitchen in Atlanta, she prepares Turkish coffee from her homeland. Every evening she practices Muay Thai fighting, a physical and mental disciple from Thailand. 

Community involvement

 
Good neighbors
Good neighbors

Distance is no object – not to the 20 IDEXXers who took on the Japan Oxfam Trailwalker challenge of hiking 50–100 kilometers up and down Mt. Adatara in Fukushima Prefecture. Some also came from great distances – the IDEXX offices in France, Taiwan and Australia – to share in the experience with their Japan colleagues. Five IDEXX teams of four people each entered the challenge, three teams taking on 50 km and two going for the 100 km. Sustained by a dedicated support crew of ten more IDEXXers, the teams endured the hike up the 5,574' stratovolcano through rain, wind, and fog – and then slipped their way back down ankle-deep in mud. But the rewards were worth every step: they raised over 2 million yen to overcome poverty and injustice!



At the heart of giving back
At the heart of giving back

When R&D Scientist Sarah Millington lost her father to cancer at age 14, she was devastated—and she wasn't sure how to cope.

Sarah's mother realized quickly that they couldn't get through such a painful loss on their own—and got in touch with Portland's Center for Grieving Children. The Center currently serves more than 4,000 grieving children, teens, families, and young adults in Maine annually through peer support, outreach, and education.

Each year, IDEXXers from all over the world volunteer over 11,000 hours as part of our global volunteer program. Every employee has two paid "GiVE" days annually to pursue their community contribution of choice – just like the Center for Grieving Children.

"They helped so much," says Sarah. "A piece of my heart will always be with them."

Great benefits

 
Where wellness is more than words
Where wellness is more than words

Did someone say global planking challenge? It took one article on our company intranet – and a spirited challenge from our CEO – to get nearly 1,000 IDEXXers involved. Who ultimately won didn’t matter though – it’s all about the journey and defining wellness on your own terms. IDEXX focuses on more than the physical aspects of wellness. Our goal is to focus on all aspects – including the emotional, financial and spiritual pieces of your life that come together to define who you are as a person.

Work hard, play hard
Work hard, play hard

Who says work can’t be fun and games?
When it’s time to add a little levity to the day, IDEXX is the place to be. GEEXX is one of the growing communities within IDEXX that fosters creativity and individualism through social networking and collaboration.
GEEXX hosts monthly movie and game nights at the Westbrook World Campus and runs global contests open to IDEXXers around the world. A seven-week photo scavenger hunt recently drew participants from more than 10 global IDEXX locations. It’s a community open to anyone who wants to have fun, connect with others in the IDEXX community, and most importantly, celebrate their geekiness!


Career development

 
Developing globally
Developing globally

Career development doesn’t have to be a solo project. In fact, two IDEXXers from Livestock, Poultry, and Dairy (LPD) Operations recently completed a joint development plan where they switched roles with each other for two years. The catch: they work in different countries.

Bill Lane took Sébastien Nivollet’s role in Bern, Switzerland, and Sébastien traveled to Westbrook, Maine, to assume Bill’s role.

“I’ve worked in many aspects of IDEXX here in Bern,” says Sébastien, “and I wanted to do more.”

“Sébastien has this great skillset in Lean implementation and methodology, and I thought it could be of benefit to our team here in Westbrook. Also, I had a good understanding of the broader IDEXX manufacturing processes and could bring this to Bern" shared Bill.

For both IDEXXers, this rotation assignment helped broaden their skillsets and knowledge of IDEXX—an outcome championed by the business’s Corporate Vice President.

“The LPD team has created an environment that fosters learning and allows team members to share in each other’s experiences,” says Olivier te Boekhorst. “Bill and Sebastien’s journey is one of many great examples of our team crossing borders to invest in one another.”

IDEXXers on the move
IDEXXers on the move

The pace at IDEXX can be fast – but we still take time to recognize our colleagues who are taking on new and exciting challenges – both in and outside of the organization.

Take Amy Robinson (on the right), an Accounting Specialist at IDEXX, who spends a lot of time out of the office volunteering as a puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit organization that breeds and trains assistance dogs and provides them – free of charge – to people with disabilities.

“This experience had been an important part of my growth and development at IDEXX – teaching me things about myself that I’ve applied to my job.”

At IDEXX, we look at career development as part of a bigger development plan for our people. There are a variety of development opportunities at IDEXX and we actively promote from within to bring the right people to the right position.


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