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AbbVie Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
101 Reviews
3.6
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Richard A. Gonzalez
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits including pension plan, work-life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Great benefits for the regular employees (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • High workloads adversely impacts work-life balance across multiple functions (in 11 reviews)

  • Bonus structure is cash profit sharing when it should be performance based (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company with career opportunities.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Paralegal in North Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Paralegal in North Chicago, IL

    I have been working at AbbVie

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, potential for individual growth, tuition reimbursement, generous benefits package and good salary...awesome cafeteria!

    Cons

    Can't think of any at this time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Perhaps it depends on the department. Surprised.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professional
    Current Employee - Professional

    I have been working at AbbVie full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Large-.
    If this is your first professional job the place will be great as long as you have the ability to determine whether what you are learning is state of the art, or out of date. Many areas are understaffed, so there is lots of work. That is a pro and a con.

    Cons

    Work life balance bad.
    Pay is low relative to the work life balance and competitors.
    No merit bonus even for fairly high managers, just 5-7% profit sharing.
    Dead wood: Either 20 year old Abbott management, or new management brought in from dying big pharma.
    Common statements: That is how we always have done it from middle management. I thought that last statement was something that nobody would ever say at any company. I almost fell over, the first time I heard it.
    IT new and broken outsourced.
    it is likely Abbvie will be bought out if it can't fill the Humara hole.
    Very top management spins that the company is going to be a light nimble biotech, but the reality is very different in key areas.
    401K middle of the road for Pharma.
    No stock options for even middle management.
    Current department has high turnover of new people joining jumping and being replaced by new people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Old management: Adapt, change, have a look, what your competitors have been doing for the last 20 years.or the department will be incorrectly outsourced, and you will have no job. There is a view that it is hard to recruit to Chicago. That is not the reason it is hard to recruit at Abbvie for certain departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Company dedicated to internal development & innovation

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Specialist
    Current Employee - Specialist

    I have been working at AbbVie full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Energetic and young working community.
    Independent work and good possibilities to influence your own assignments/projects.
    Great opportunities to learn and work cross-functionally.

    Cons

    Still in the progress of breaking up from Abbott.
    No visibility in career growth process. Unclear how you can evolve in your career.
    Increasing bureacracy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Drug safety evaluation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AbbVie

    Pros

    Good benefits, low turn over rate, decent growth in recent years.

    Cons

    Hierarchy structure, oversized management teams.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Work Hard, Play Hard, Work Hard...Find the balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at AbbVie

    Pros

    AbbVie is growing quickly as a global presence in pharma. There are several opportunities available and more will become available as long as you prove yourself and play well in the sandbox.

    Cons

    With any organization experiencing this type of growth, there are long hours to put in no matter how much they preach about work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time looking at resource management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Getting better

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Purchasing Agent in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Purchasing Agent in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at AbbVie full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They are working at improving the culture and moving away from the old ways. You start with 3 weeks vacation and if you have the right manager, your hours are flexible and you can still maintain a home life. Benefits package is great.

    Cons

    There is a lot of bureaucracy and moving up/around throughout the company is much harder than you would think with it being so large. There is no formal mentor program or growth plan.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help your employees build a vision for themselves to motivate them to stay at the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Rewarding, but expected to work hard

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AbbVie full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone works hard, long hours on my team.
    3 weeks paid vacation plus sick time and floating holidays
    Good benefits
    Professional environment

    Cons

    Not a lot of paths to move up
    Several demanding personalities in eadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a path to move up for high achieving staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company with tremendous potential but many kinks to still work through old-school culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Public Affairs in Abbott Park, IL
    Current Employee - Public Affairs in Abbott Park, IL

    I have been working at AbbVie full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Very profitable, competitive and really trying to evolve into a more modern, bio-pharmaceutical company. There are new programs rolling out that are more health-focused, helping employees learning to cope with stress and encouraging more work-life balance. New drugs being offered are outstanding and show how great this company can be,

    Cons

    The culture needs a lot of work - there are many employees that migrated from Abbott and the hierarchical, political, old-school mindset needs a serious reboot. Pockets of the organization are still very silo'ed - like IT. There is no CIO / CTO and the organization suffers a great deal because IT is so disconnected from the business it supports and the Help Desk is not customer-service oriented. Older drugs like Synthroid either need to be reformulated or abandoned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IT customer service and true collaboration with the business needs to be addressed in order for the company to be agile. Dump legacy products or reboot them - they only bring down the great work being done in the new AbbVie regime. Really break down those old-school silos, dump the hierarchical stuff (like special parking for managers and higher) and promote a more agile workplace so work-life balance is truly attainable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Place to Work and Grow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AbbVie

    Pros

    Truly a patient-centric organization. Great people to work with. Great working environment and progressive culture. Above average compensation and benefits. Flexibility highly encouraged. Increasing opportunities to grow and develop via new assignments, promotions, and training.

    Cons

    Company is still learning to be more efficient with new systems and processes due to separation from Abbott.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AbbVie

    Pros

    Patient-centric, good products, nice people.

    Cons

    Internal non-value added work to showcase value-add
    Too much travel to build relationships, rather than deliver outcomes
    Not a lot of diversity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clear leadership and measurable expectations
    Transparency on all career paths

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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