AbbVie Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
108 Reviews
3.3
108 Reviews
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Richard A. Gonzalez
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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 9 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  

    Slow moving company trying to innovate

    • 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

    Pros

    Job security, generous health benfits, good people

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, few opportunites to move up, not always a meritocracy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company but working for a dumbo manager

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

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

    Pros

    Abbvie provides good opportunity in the company.

    Cons

    Various levels of management adds beurocracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't ignore the hard working inididuals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lean and Mean...yikes!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Sales Representative in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at AbbVie full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of great benefits and cash profit sharing

    Cons

    Really slow to make changes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    New hire here at AbbVie, very competitive salary company to competing pharmaceutical companies.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Pharmaceutical Scientist II in North Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Principal Pharmaceutical Scientist II in North Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary, rotational program to broaden experiences in different areas of development.

    Cons

    Cold weather during the winter, bonus structure is not great for high achieving employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Comfortable environment for work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Specialist II in Waukegan, IL
    Current Employee - Information Specialist II in Waukegan, IL

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

    Pros

    Good people, attentive leaders. Relaxed environment.

    Cons

    The company is fairly new coming from a previous split with Abbott, the company is a work in progress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire regular employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place, Great people

    • 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

    Pros

    Your ideas are heard and incorporated. People are valued!
    Pay is great, benefits are ok. Work/life balance is a reality!

    Cons

    IT related issues are slow to be resolved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep employees in the loop and develop those that show the initiative.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    The green is greener outside of Abbvie

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits, annual profit share, perfect place to slack off (if you've been employed long enough), okay salaries (on the cheap side)

    Cons

    - Type A personalities not appreciated. Preference goes to low risk employees (w/ kids, debt, no ambition)
    - You will find managers/directors with an associate bachelor degree managing people with top MBAs!
    - CEO is a high schooler. I want to know which high school he attended so I point it out to Bloomberg to include in their MBA rankings.
    - It is who you know ... friends are hiring friends.
    - Firm is lacking integrity; currently under Corporate Integrity Agreement with the Federal Government for off labeling marketing of Depakote (= reason for the split from Abbott)
    - Disorganized company still trying to separate from the mother ship (Abbott). Cultural survey pointed out lack of work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Get an educated CEO.
    - Maintain or increase the stock price until I cash out (that is, before Gilead launches its hepatitis C drug ahead of ABBV).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Deluded management, lack of growth opportunities, unbalanced/unfair pay

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

    I have been working at AbbVie full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    1) Decent benefits
    2) Good place to be in if you are looking for short term opportunities (3-5 years) or want to start a career.

    Cons

    1) Lost management with some old thinking and unclear end point. Management is deluded about reality and is attempting to make changes without TRULY understanding the present situation.
    2) Unbalanced payscale - new hires could end up getting paid more than existing employees at the same level and with more years of experience or qualification.
    3) Not much growth opportunity (especially if you are ambitious)
    4) Too much time and resoruces are wasted in initiatives/collaborations that don't seem to pay off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Do some soul searching to get rid off old and bad management practices/people. You cannot expect employees to keep the best interest of the company in mind (even if they intend to) when the company management ignores the employee's interest and uses unfair practices.
    2) Too much time and energy is spent in collaborations at the upper level which does not filter to the lower levels which is where it probably matters most since the lower levels need to work cohesively to achieve goals.
    3) Throwing jargons of what this new company is all about is not going to get the company anywhere. The strategy is similar to a beautiful gift wrapped birthday present with nothing in it. The excitement will die once the truth (emptiness) is known.
    4) Culture needs to be defined by each and every employee (or at least the vast majortiy) and not just by management in order for every one to buy in. Obtain employee input on what sort of culture they would like to have in the company. This would bring in more involvement and commitment as employees will feel they are being heard and that they are part of the company. If not, it will just be another round of management mandate that employees will follow because it is their job and not their company

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

    Great company just came across a tough time in between products.

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

    I have been working at AbbVie full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits and People, treated as a person not a number

    Cons

    Must first move to Chicago in order to advance, unclear future

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer other ways to advance

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Redwood city CA site: Great people but limited advancement and misaligned goals.

    • 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 as a contractor

    Pros

    Company demographics overall young, turnover rate is low, pension and benefits are sound. Plenty of work and strong research and there are people who're genuinely nice. Groups within departments often bond together through department specific events.

    Cons

    Initiatives to change are slow, budget for entertainment often mismanaged, offsite events don't apply to all employers. Strict compliance training is redundant and obsolete for employees that are not involved in that specific work. Patent protection is the motivation for innovation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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