Sigma-Aldrich

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Updated Jul 12, 2014

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2.7 155 reviews

57% Approve of the CEO

Sigma-Aldrich President, CEO, and Director Rakesh Sachdev

Rakesh Sachdev

(67 ratings)

42% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent staff and management, good work-life balance(in 10 reviews)

  • Great people doing the best with limited resources(in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • The biggest con is the opportunities for advancement(in 4 reviews)

  • Not much support regarding career advancement(in 6 reviews)

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    Promotion does not require job skill

    Anonymous (Former Employee)

    ProsJob is not stressful unless you want to take on more. Good products, distribution network, and strategic partnership/acquisitons. I would buy/hold the stock any day.

    ConsHard work will not get you a promotion. Management cares bottom-line, stock price, Sales/marketing. Nothing wrong, except they don't want to hear anyone except the chosen few who again are periodically fired as their salaries/benefits rise.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    There's no room to grow within the packaging department and there's even less chance to get out of it

    Packaging Technician (Current Employee) Saint Louis, MO

    ProsThe people (co-workers) make it an easier environment to deal with. There's characters that are very interesting, amusing, and down right funny & fun to be around.

    ConsStagnantcy, no room to grow, favoritism, sometimes racism, no opportunity to learn unless you're a personal "pick", no notices of inter company advancing again unless you're a personal "pick". Oh, and the raises are terrible!!

    Advice to Senior ManagementTraining for other opportunities would be a major plus if there wasn't a confinement to the department via supervisors and sometimes upper management as well. Better raises would also be a major MAJOR plus. Listening to the people that actually do the work instead of waiting until it's too late, then taking an idea that's already been mentioned and taking ownership for it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    OK, but no room for growth at the smaller sites.

    Chemist I (Former Employee)

    ProsThe site I worked at was small enough that I knew everyone. It was easy to go to a different dept. if you needed to ask about something from QC, shipping, receiving, etc. The site also was small enough that it was easy to know what was going on at the facility.

    ConsThe downside of a small facility was that the was no room for growth at the site. There was a ceiling in what you could be trained in, or what you could work on. If you wanted to do more, or get promoted you had to apply for a job at a different site. A downside of the small site was that some people in managing positions were good friends with some of their subordinates and it was often perceived that those friends were treated with leniency.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe communication from upper management was often lacking and it trickled down to the small site I worked at. We often didn't know what the future of our site was or how we fit into the seemingly always changing corporate vision.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Ok, but nothing to get excited about

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsRelative stability in terms of finances and market performance

    ConsInconsistent management, poor development of people

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good as a starting job, before moving on to something better.

    Scientist (Former Employee)

    ProsHands on experience with the day-to-day manufacturing operation of the company- placing an order for chemicals and equipment, writing the procedure, setting up the process, running the process, work-up, purification, submission to QC, bottling and final submission to Packaging Shipping department while following GDP, GLP, ISO, 5S methodologies ! So essentially a lab person knows the cradle-to-grave process of a product he/she manufactures.

    ConsNo scope of upward growth, especially in smaller sites.
    Employees do not feel valued.
    Poor compensation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the bureaucracy, be more agile. Value people not numbers. Develop people, give them the tools and resources and then number will come automatically.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Disappointing

    Procurement Specialist (Former Employee) Saint Louis, MO

    ProsPeople I worked with were professional and tried to do the best they could under the circumstances. Decent benefits and location.

    ConsThe overall atmosphere and moral is negative. In the area I worked (Procurement) there was a high rate of turnover and general dissatisfaction with upper management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    bad communicating and politics, low morale

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Saint Louis, MO

    Prosmost of the people are approachable

    Consnot as stable as it used to be, the salary and benefits are not ideal, the industry is going down

    Advice to Senior Managementbe transparent and care more about the employees,

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    They never keep the promises they make when you are hired

    Sales Representative (Former Employee)

    ProsThe coworkers are mostly great. Products are mostly good, if a bit off the current technology.

    ConsManagement decided this year to stop paying promised commissions to sales people. They do not care that income promised is based on commissions. They do not treat employees equally- depending on who you happen to work for you will either love the place or hate it. Important to know for sales people-- they are extremely cheap about expenses and again, depending on your manager, you may have to stay in sketchy hotels when traveling. Finally, even if they tell you they will interview you for a promotion, they probably already have decided who is going to get the job. They may or may not go through the motions of the interview (I was promised an interview and didn't get it).

    Advice to Senior ManagementSales people are hired with promises for commission if performance is good. You need to keep those promises. Also, if someone is promised an interview for a promotion, you need to keep those promises, too.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    IT Chaos

    IT Manager (Former Employee) Saint Louis, MO

    ProsStable company, good benefits, GREAT co-workers.

    ConsWorked in the IT area
    IT was going through dramatic flux - worked for 3 CIOs that built new organizations which resulted in constant fear of downsizing

    Current CIO made decision to move basic IT services to India and staff St. Louis IT with resources from India as well. Also, decision to have functional and technical resources responsible for project and program management so program/project managers were released.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHopefully the new environment is providing the cost savings and efficiency that is expected.
    It would be good to stabilize the IT environment before making any more major changes.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people, narcissistic executive leadership steering the company

    Account Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsOverall, employees at the company are hard working and strive to be customer advocates. Their is opportunity for growth, but must live or be willing to move to one of the division HQ locations or key accounts.

    ConsNew regime are slowly eroding what was great about the company with penny pinching sales commission, benefits and perks.
    Executive team has no direction for the near future of what the company is to be.
    No investment in R&D or cutting edge acquisitions
    Stale product offering which is seeing market share losses.
    Employees are undervalued

    Advice to Senior Managementrealize that your company is only as the constitution of people who form it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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