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Sigma-Aldrich Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
168 Reviews
2.7
168 Reviews
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Sigma-Aldrich President, CEO, and Director Rakesh Sachdev
Rakesh Sachdev
75 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is pretty much what you want to make it (in 12 reviews)

  • Stable company, knowledgeable employees, supervisors/ managers are very flexible with the employees (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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overworked & Overwhelmed. Never enough hours in a day.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich full-time for 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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nice company to gain experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 for 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Promotion does not require job skill

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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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
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  5.  

    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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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 for 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
  6.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Chemist I
    Former Employee - Chemist I

    I worked at Sigma-Aldrich full-time for 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
  7.  

    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Scientist
    Former Employee - Scientist

    I worked at Sigma-Aldrich full-time for 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointing

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    bad communicating and politics, low morale

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    most of the people are approachable

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be transparent and care more about the employees,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    They never keep the promises they make when you are hired

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management 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 ManagementAdvice

    Sales 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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