AbbVie Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
104 Reviews
3.2
104 Reviews
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Richard A. Gonzalez
39 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • Great Benefits, Competitive Salary, Sr management involvement (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • High workloads adversely impacts work-life balance across multiple functions (in 8 reviews)

  • As in all Pharma, can be some red tape to get through when trying to make changes e (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great colleagues, tough processes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in North Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in North Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Colleagues, enthusiastic and collaborative
    Office culture, cross-functional
    Compensation, good primary and secondary benefits

    Cons

    Insane attention to planning
    Poor processes
    Tough work-life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More growth opportunities
    More resources to restore work life balance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great compensation but career growth tough

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AbbVie

    Pros

    Good compensation, work life balance

    Cons

    Career growth is tough and some things are not very transparent

    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lowest Pay in the Industry

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

    I have been working at AbbVie full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, vacation and paid time off, medical benefits, company car, pension, various locations, great for entry level for experience possible early professional.

    Cons

    Low salaries with small yearly increases, Micromanagement at its finest, Sales Meetings are a beating and accomplish nothing. Discourage reps from thinking on their own. Waste money on speaker programs that are not beneficial but if you don't spend money like crazy then management assumes you are not working.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Align pay with the industry, Realistic Sales goals, True Transparency

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hope your project has good leadership.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Waukegan, IL
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Waukegan, IL

    I have been working at AbbVie as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    If your project has good leadership, it can be successful. Otherwise, you will find yourself spinning.

    I am a contractor but I have heard that the employee benefits (stock options, bonuses) make up for the generally lower salaries.

    Cons

    Lots of people working inefficiently, poor communication on projects. Many employees just skate by not really trying to improve processes or step up and take responsibility.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK, good if you are new to pharma.

    • 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

    Nice people to work with. Good wages, benefit, compensation

    Cons

    Very hard to move up in the company and work/life balance is not so good. Management is not transparent and new ideas are not accepted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to close down during the holidays, that might be helpful. Need more team building and transparency

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It's been a fantastic career so far!

    • 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

    When you reach Director level, pay and benefits is generous. Very sharp, motivated and intelligent employees. Lots of growth opportunity.

    Cons

    Lack of work-life balance in some areas of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain Abbott culture of promoting from within. I've seen too many high-level positions filled from outside the company in our first year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Abbvie has great potentials

    • 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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    After the separation with Abbott, you can tell Abbvie is trying to shake off the conservative Abbott and trying to improve many processes. I think there is great potential with all the changes but it will take time.

    Cons

    Abbvie is a far drive from the city, so for people who wants to live downtown, it is a tough commute

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would suggest a more modern work space with bright colors and many nice cafe areas for people to have business meetings over coffee. Due to the large size of the campus, having bicycles will promote health lifestyle and easy transportation to get around. There is definitely too many systems and process in R&D that can be streamlined.

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

    Lots of political wrangling

    • 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 full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and decent benefits

    Cons

    experience and training not valued, education is be all and end all

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A well run business

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Technology Manager in North Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Applications Technology Manager in North Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Healthy company that makes sound business decisions. Great pay. Meaningful products.

    Cons

    Remote location. Career mobility is fast for some but slow for too many.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within. Recognize your bench.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    The company is concerned about patients and employees and these values are readily apparent.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Management - BD in North Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Management - BD in North Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    The company is new and motivated to be successful and open to hearing about new opportunities and ideas. The company draws from a long history of drug development while part of Abbott. Interesting mix of heritage and desire to prove itself.

    Cons

    While they are aspiring to a biopharma culture - changing a culture is not easy. They should bring in external biotech talent into key positions to help catalyze change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work in effectively managing the company's operations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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