AbbVie Reviews

Updated April 19, 2015
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  1. Great culture, great people.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Chicago, IL

    I have been working at AbbVie full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, life-work balance, my voice is heard and appreciated, fosters culture of success if you work hard

    Cons

    Some are still trying to really adopt a lean process and some are hesitant to get on board. Overall, minimum cons compared to pros.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to offer growth opportunities to those you see as embracing Abbvie's vision. You have done a great job of recognizing we all have life at home too. Keep up the great momentum!

  2. Great company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AbbVie

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great benefits, great environment, nice people

    Cons

    Teams not effective, promtions slow

  3. Helpful (2)

    Perhaps it depends on the department. Surprised.

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    Current Employee - Professional
    Current Employee - Professional

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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place will be great as long as you have the ability to determine whether what you are learning is state of the art, or out of date.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 Management

    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.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    New company with great promise

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    High level of professionalism and expertise
    Strong drive for results
    Above average compensation

    Cons

    Still finding its way as a new company in many respects
    Some managers lacking leadership skills
    Long hours

  6. To much emphasis based on Develop Program participants; not enough attention to development of finance employees

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    Current Employee - Finance in North Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Finance in North Chicago, IL

    I have been working at AbbVie full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Dynamic environment often allows for great on-the-job learning opportunities.
    Great people
    Decent pay and benefits

    Cons

    Limited advancement - Like many companies advancement is based greatly on who you know. A major issue is management doesn't change much so the same people are promoted or given developmental opportunities.
    Not much diversity in leadership ranks
    Still working out the kinks from the split from Abbott (systems, processes, etc.) which caused a lot of busy work and doesn't always allow time for analysis. I would recommend Abbvie to a friend but not in the Finance function.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on development of employees and not processes (new PEx process, TMR)
    More attention needed on the systems and IT (SAP, Help Desk, migrations)
    Address changes that are not working (accounts payable issues etc.)

  7. Driven for results

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in North Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in North Chicago, IL

    I have been working at AbbVie

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Evolving culture, great people, dedication to work in healthcare, expansive career growth, globally minded. Since transitioning from Abbott the shift towards a more nimble biotech is evident in the work that is done. The focus on a successful future is talked about on day to day basis. The vision of being a patient centric company is coming to life. Benefits are strong; onsite day care (like).

    Cons

    Campus is spread out and requires day to day planning to get to meetings, etc. Having most or all employees at the same location would be beneficial for cross collaboration. Some employees are on the train of change and others are still at the station, challenging to get new ideas through.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Love the highly collaborative culture and how the company is reinventing the large corporation

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    Current Employee - Managing Director in North Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Managing Director in North Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great onboarding experience, ensuring I had meetings and discussions with the key people and teams important to my role
    - Outstanding career opportunities globally and a clear philosophy on talent management
    - Highly competitive salary and benefits
    - Strong patient focus throughout the business - I know my impact is much greater than impacting a company's bottom line, it is impacting people's health and wellness worldwide
    - A unique "All for One" approach to decision making
    - Outstanding product portfolio and innovation pipeline that will continue to keep the company in a leadership position in the industry

    Cons

    - A few too many meetings at times due to the scope of project teams and commitment to inclusiveness
    - Lack of some key processes and workflows as a result of being a newer company that is redefining the way it works and operates
    - Inconsistent workspace and environment - some workspace is very traditional while other is very modern and open (dependent on location)

  9. Helpful (1)

    Growth focused, employee-friendly company...

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Clear focus after splitting into a new company in 2013
    Invests a lot in employee development

    Cons

    Average age of employees is high
    Some corporate politics exist (as with any other corporate)

  10. Helpful (1)

    Senior leadership understands the value of a strong corporate culture!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Chicago, IL

    I have been working at AbbVie full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Many opportunities to take on new, challenging assignments, but you can't wait for someone to offer. You need to step up and ask. Solid benefits program, including diverse 401K and Pension.

    Cons

    Legacy Abbott culture at middle-management level needs to be addressed. Senior leadership has made an impact here, but more opportunities exist. Medical benefits could be better for a health care company; the programs change significantly in cost/coverage on a year to year basis.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up what you're doing and don't significant change course until you see the progress you started.

  11. Good company to work for

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in North Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in North Chicago, IL

    I have been working at AbbVie full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation is average. Benefits are really good. Ability to rotate to other departments to learn. Most managers are very flexible when it comes to work schedule.

    Cons

    Not a lot of diversity. Bonus structure is cash profit sharing when it should be performance based. Legacy Abbott ways still within management. Hard to move up if you don't fight youth and nail for it.

    Advice to Management

    Drop the legacy Abbott attitude. Learn how to keep good talent!

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