Sigma-Aldrich Reviews

Updated July 20, 2015
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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
  • Not much support regarding career advancement (in 6 reviews)

  • Part of this is because the cost of living in St (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    It's a job...

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Production Chemist in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Associate Production Chemist in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The schedule is very flexible in most departments. This would be a great job for someone who has responsibilities that keep them home during certain hours. Management is casual and approachable. No dress code to adhere to.

    Cons

    I can only speak for the Dekalb facility. I've heard it's better at other locations. Moral is extremely low. I can't think of a single employee who has faith in the company or loves their job. The conditions are horrible. Crazy hot in the summer! Be prepared to work in areas that are 90+ degrees for hours at a time. I am really bothered by all the asbestos in the building. Counter tops, bench hoods, etc. The company doesn't want to spend the money to renovate this facility or remove the asbestos, despite Dekalb being one of their major cash-cows. In short, don't take this job if you don't have to. Seriously. I have been job hunting since the day I started.

    Advice to Management

    Focus some money on making the employees comfortable and happy. Turnover is expensive.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Pay is 10% the market. Management is stubborn and stuck in old practices. Suprising the company has been profitable.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lebanon, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lebanon, IL

    I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich (More than 5 years)

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Jobs are somewhat stable for the moment

    Cons

    bad pay and bad management


  3. Helpful (1)

    OK company, but many employees are unsatisfied with the way they are treated by management.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Support in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Sales Support in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pro's are the 401K which consists of 4.25% employer contribution (even if you don't contribute), and 50% matching up to 6%.

    Cons

    EXTREME MICRO-MANAGING Employees treated like children, and not professionals. Employees treated like "your replaceable" politics determine your future

    Advice to Management

    Your employees determine your success, treat them that way!


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  5. Glad to be done

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chemist II in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Chemist II in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People work together, the type of work was chalenging.

    Cons

    Low pay. Management problems

    Advice to Management

    People placed in management positions have no leadership abilities.


  6. Marketing and Product Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible with work-life balance. Opportunity to have a positive impact on science and the advancement of human health. Good corporate citizenship.

    Cons

    Salaries are suppressed, even for highly qualified and talented people. Risk averse to the point that innovation is stifled, both scientific and business-wise.

    Advice to Management

    If risk is tolerable, that doesn't really come through to the lower levels. The message we get is everything has to be a winner, and that's just an impossible expectation.


  7. Sales

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Sales
    Former Employee - Field Sales

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    get rid of them, Merck


  8. Helpful (3)

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - R&D Scientist
    Former Employee - R&D Scientist

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Interesting experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Overworked & Overwhelmed. Never enough hours in a day.

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Nice company to gain experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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