Abbott Labs Reviews

Updated 27 August, 2014
Updated 27 August, 2014
585 Reviews

3.4
585 Reviews
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Abbott Labs Chairman and CEO Miles D. White
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Management does heavily emphasize the work/life balance within departments (in 41 reviews)

  • Pay is good, offer good benefits for Permanently employed employee's (in 48 reviews)


Cons
  • work life balance challenges, direction of new company (in 14 reviews)

  • Large company with a slow bureaucratic administrative paperwork that can be overwhelming (in 14 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Abbott Labs full-time

    Pros

    Challenging environment, people are treated well, solid company

    Cons

    too much bureaucracy, moving jobs outside of Canada

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Awesome Company!!

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    Current Employee - Database Administrator
    Current Employee - Database Administrator

    I have been working at Abbott Labs as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Very accommodating to employees and great pay.

    Cons

    Office politics can be a drag.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Abbott

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Abbott Labs as a contractor

    Pros

    Pay and benefits were really good. Clean and safe environment.

    Cons

    None worth mentioning. Overall had no complaints.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    great

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Montreal, QC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC

    I worked at Abbott Labs

    Pros

    stability and advantages were great pros for company

    Cons

    resturctures and mergers created more of a pressured enviornment

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Pharmaceutical Sales Rep

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    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative  in  San Jose, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative in San Jose, CA (US)

    I worked at Abbott Labs full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great management and pay. They treated their employees great. I only quit because I was starting my family.

    Cons

    As with any pharma job there is managed care issues. They do have people who work on this but it is a hassle.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Overall a good place to be

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good reward package, I've been fortunate enough to have had career progression here, great focus on product innovation.

    Cons

    Too much corporate overhead containing many 'yes' men/women., too slow to change, overly bureaucratic and internally focused- especially in HQ

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut corporate overhead, employ more qualified talent globally.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I think this is a good company to work with. Very great! I like it

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist  in  Irving, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Irving, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    It gives you space to grow as a person. Bosses are very nice. They listen to you and they guide you through the process.

    Cons

    A little bit too far away from my location. The campus is nice and is pretty old.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Supply Chain position review - a retrospective after several years in another work force

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    Former Employee - Production Planner  in  North Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Production Planner in North Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at Abbott Labs full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Highly organized with policies and procedures. Organizational hierarchy is well defined. Employee performance is reviewed every year. Continued education and certification is supported with company funding and time.

    Cons

    Hard to make a significant change to policy and procedures due to size of company. Massive layoffs. Used to be a stable place to grow a career but with spinning off pieces of the business and sending some divisions out of the country, many good people have lost their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Micro management does prevail. Empower employees, you have some of the best.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to learn corporate culture

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    Former Employee - Senior IT Project Manager  in  Waukegan, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Senior IT Project Manager in Waukegan, IL (US)

    I worked at Abbott Labs full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Well organized Pharma Company with opportunities for growth. Large corporate culture but with room for introduction of new ideas.

    Cons

    As a large company, innovation and creativity is stifled a bit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Not the greatest company to build a serious career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Abbott Labs full-time

    Pros

    Above-average benefits. Pretty good work-life balance except during crunch time.

    Cons

    This is not a great company to learn management skills or to develop a career except at the highest levels. Lower and middle level managers are encouraged to maximize the raw actionable work that their reports are able to do, but not to help develop skills and careers. I have not seen a more disillusioned, discouraged, cynical set of employees who are stuck in their jobs with no opportunity to move anywhere and no opportunity to change anything. This company rewards steady work and punishes innovation at an individual level.

    This is a big slow stodgy company that has acquired and built up many smaller business units who are forced to accept this style of management. Unfortunately, resources are allocated and projects are developed as if these individual business units were startup companies, leaving a culture that has the worst of both worlds: The immovableness of a corporate bureaucracy, and the impossible leanness of a startup. The benefit of being in a larger company is the amount and scope of resources available to complete projects, but because the business units are all managed separately and independently, this scope is unavailable and therefore many teams are on their own. The result is that everybody has to reinvent the wheel. What's more, managers are punished for NOT doing this. Asking questions and soliciting feedback from other groups is a sign of weakness and is actively discouraged. My recommendation for anyone who wants to have a serious career in their chosen field as either a contributor or a non-executive level manager is to do your stint, build up your 401(k) a little bit, and then leave before the culture corrupts you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't know enough about upper management to make a comment. They are virtually invisible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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