Sigma-Aldrich Reviews

Updated June 12, 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 (2)

    Product Specialist

    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Shorewood, WI
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Shorewood, WI

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

    Pros

    flexibility to move to different jobs

    Cons

    very lean up to a point where employees are overburdened with work. Salary below average.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Once great place

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich full-time (More than 3 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - great flexibility and work-life balance
    - I genuinely like my coworkers. Great people.
    - The brand carries a lot of weight with our customers and they care to hear from us as a true partner in their research.
    - supply chain is world class

    Cons

    - tough to get traction in biology with our branding/lack of awareness
    - no real strategic plan to improve customer experience

    Advice to Management

    I think we have great middle managers who care about their employees, but are not empowered to develop their teams or even themselves as managers. The organization should do more to develop it's employees.


  3. QA Contract Employee - 2 years

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Sigma-Aldrich

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Highly professional environment, cohesion between the departments, flexibility with scheduling work around life

    Cons

    Contract positions last for years with little to no intentions of being hired permanently, Cafe food is lacking in taste and healthier options

    Advice to Management

    Provide contract employees with clear direction and a time line on how they can permanently join the SIAL team and feel valued while also reaping the benefits as a full time employee.


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  5. Project manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and job security

    Cons

    Executives not in touch


  6. Helpful (2)

    mid-level management employee

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    Current Employee - Manager, Services
    Current Employee - Manager, Services

    I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Reasonable salaries for mid-west US.
    Great company benefits.
    Stable employment.
    Company represents major brand names in its market space.

    Cons

    In 2014 split into multiple business units.

    Marketing, Business Operations, and other resources not well organized to serve multiple business units. I'm sure management will be resolved over time -- but very difficult current environment.

    Advice to Management

    Current business strategy holds maintaining atypically high profit margin. This is leading to erosion of brand name product revenue because new lower cost competitive products are introduced.

    Recognize that you must give up margin on some products to maintain customer purchasing relationships.
    (You can establish new higher margin products -- but you can not easily win back customers...or make new ones.)


  7. Helpful (1)

    Stay for the people and work life balance, leave for competitive pay and advancement opportunities

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    Former Employee - IT Project Lead in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - IT Project Lead in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Sigma-Aldrich

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, ok benefits, great people

    Cons

    competitive compensation and growth potential


  8. Fine Company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    this ocmpany has a future so there is work that will needot be done.

    Cons

    Lack of opporutunity for advancment. People stay in the same position too long somethings. Maybe it will chnage with the buyout.


  9. Great place to start a career

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Market Segment Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Market Segment Manager in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Room to grow both professionally and personally.

    Cons

    There are no issues to discuss.

    Advice to Management

    None


  10. SA Review

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

    I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Working at Sigma-Aldrich has given the opportunity to not only enhance technical abilities, but to lead. I’ve learned how to work with global teams and processes that have allowed me to develop a well-rounded view of our global market place. My initial position at Sigma-Aldrich was limited and now I have the ability to manage projects and staff resources. This has allowed me to truly explore my full potential.

    Cons

    Long hours and hard projects - Sigma-Aldrich gives you the opportunity to learn about every position within the company. They encourage you to work with cross-functional teams and learn as much as you can about your various areas of interest. Sigma-Aldrich gives the opportunity to excel in many different fields. Knowing that the work you performed on a project helps a customer enhance their manufacturing process thereby allowing them to produce their active pharmaceutical ingredients more robustly is very satisfying.

    Advice to Management

    Grow revenue.


  11. Helpful (1)

    I started in Customer Serice and moved through 6 positions in over 10 years.

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Saint Louis, MO

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

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

    Pros

    Pay rate comparable to other companies in this industy.

    Cons

    Sigma-Aldrich is moving many of it's departments to India. This is a company that once prided itself on no lay offs, but is now providing separation packages to most of their headquarters in St Louis, MO.

    Advice to Management

    Every department has their own interpretation of the rules. The "One Company" environment is not promoted and adhered to as advertised.



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