Sigma-Aldrich

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Sigma-Aldrich Reviews

Updated November 28, 2014
Updated November 28, 2014
180 Reviews
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Sigma-Aldrich President, CEO, and Director Rakesh Sachdev
Rakesh Sachdev
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is pretty much what you want to make it (in 13 reviews)

  • Great people doing the best with limited resources (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • No opportunities for advancement at remote sites (in 4 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Sales

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    Former Employee - Field Sales
    Former Employee - Field Sales

    I worked at Sigma-Aldrich full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great quality sales staff
    Well regarded products

    Cons

    horrible and mean management
    constant changes- no patience to see if new tactics work before changes made
    no recognition of importance and hard work of sales force
    customer is not a top priority
    CEO knows nothing about science- thinks he can run company like his auto company- obviously made tons of money for himself while cutting pay for lower level employees to get company ready to sell

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of them, Merck

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

    Great place to start a career, horrible place to move up in your career

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    Former Employee - R&D Scientist
    Former Employee - R&D Scientist

    I worked at Sigma-Aldrich full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance
    Great coworkers
    Stable job

    Cons

    At lower level positions, good chance of moving up (though longer than typical biotech). At higher level positions, nearly impossible.
    No bonus (except for management). During the 2008-09 recession, people were fortunate to keep their jobs. However, within one week, company said no one would get raises while hypocritically talking about how company achieved record $2 billion sales. Also seemed to fine money during that time for $250k+ enhancement to the building and bonuses for management.
    Raises outpaced or matched by inflation for ~6 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set up a structured mechanism for people to achieve promotions. It is so arbitrarily decided (governed more by favoritism than merit).
    Take 10 minutes of your week and step in a lab to better understand how hard employees work. You have time to go spend $100's on a dinner with a customer but can't spare a few minutes to get to know your own employees.
    If more than half of a group has gone to HR about a specific manager, fire that person or accept that your employees will never take you seriously.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Interesting experience

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    Former Employee - Procurement Agent in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Procurement Agent in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Sigma-Aldrich full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits package. Offered both a pension and 401(k) at the time. Pay was decent and some of the work material was quite interesting

    Cons

    The organization was very clique-y, those who didn't tow the part line didn't have a good experience. To meet goals, certain departments were given objectives that directly conflicted with each other. They tended to act like they owned their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect the work life balance of your employees. Give departments a common goal and encourage them to work together to meet them, rather than pitting departments against each other. Eliminate redundant products and trust your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overworked & Overwhelmed. Never enough hours in a day.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Very financially stable, benefits are good with a 401k match and good health insurance.

    Cons

    work-life balance is difficult to maintain as the company prefers you to work 11 to 15 hours a day & weekends if necessary to meet business needs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a strong sense, whether you see it or not, that the employees truly do not feel valued. There are extreme inequities in bonus among upper management only when you need non-supervisory staff to work continuous long hours at every location to meet business needs. Profits are more important than people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nice company to gain experience

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    Current Employee - Chemist II in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Chemist II in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Good place to gain experience for future career. Benefits are average for the industry standard. Coworkers are all very pleasant to work with.

    Cons

    The management is more concerned about staying under budgets than investing in proper equipment and resources to perform the job at hand. They are slow to promote unless you are actively applying for new positions. Communication between departments is poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to find ways to retain the good employes and remove the bad ones. Promote based on competence rather than years of service.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Promotion does not require job skill

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Sigma-Aldrich

    Pros

    Job 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.

    Cons

    Hard 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

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

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    Current Employee - Packaging Technician in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Packaging Technician in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Stagnantcy, 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 ManagementAdvice

    Training 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

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

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    Former Employee - Chemist I
    Former Employee - Chemist I

    I worked at Sigma-Aldrich full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    The 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Ok, but nothing to get excited about

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sigma-Aldrich

    Pros

    Relative stability in terms of finances and market performance

    Cons

    Inconsistent management, poor development of people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

    I worked at Sigma-Aldrich full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Hands 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.

    Cons

    No scope of upward growth, especially in smaller sites.
    Employees do not feel valued.
    Poor compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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