Sigma-Aldrich Reviews

Updated June 23, 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. Awesome place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sigma-Aldrich

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

    Pros

    Great location in st. louis
    Good management
    Friendly staff

    Cons

    A bit stiff and stuff


  2. Friendly environment but hard to advance.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

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

    Pros

    People are good to work with, good place to get experience under you belt.

    Cons

    Very limited opportunity for advancement unless you are on someone's "list". Pay rate is somewhat low.


  3. Great Place to Work, really good management below the C-Level

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Director in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Director and VP Level Management. Great Work Life Balance

    Cons

    C-Level Leadership lacks experience in the field of Life Science. Pay is low for St. Louis


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  5. I appreciate my years of experience, education, and the great work environment that I had working a Sigma Aldrich.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Distribution Associate in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Distribution Associate in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The health benefits, 401K, tuition reimbursement, flex-time and the friendly work environment made going to work a lot easier.

    Cons

    I did not have any complaints during my 13 years of employment with Sigma. My department moving to Milwaukee and getting laid off was my only issue.


  6. Excellent organization

    • 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

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

    Pros

    Very healthy company with rich history, great products and a noble cause

    Cons

    A little laid back culture


  7. Helpful (1)

    Sigma is one in a million!!!! The grass is not greener on the other side of the fence.

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

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

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

    Pros

    Driven for success
    Cares about employees
    Forward thinking
    Pushes for shared knowledge
    Family Friendly
    Competitive Salary
    Promotes from within

    Cons

    Long hours
    One Company is not always the best model

    Advice to Management

    The One Company model is a great concept in many areas of the business, though in other areas it could hurt our response time to our customers. It is easier to turn a speed boat than a cruise ship.


  8. Great company to work for

    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich full-time

    Pros

    Great people
    Good advancement opportunities
    The company is conservative with change but in these economic times that is a strong point

    Cons

    All companies have negatives. Nothing to post here that isn't part of working for any company.


  9. Overall, it is a fantastic company to work for.

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

    I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, great benefits, great environment to learn and grow. The management seems to really care about their employees and the work environment is always amicable.

    Cons

    They may not compensate entry-level positions as well as some other major companies. However, the compensation is still very fair.

    Advice to Management

    I feel that the leadership at Sigma Aldrich does a great job at considering the company employees. I feel fortunate to be a part of the team.


  10. Very good company.....

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Stable organization
    Cares about its employees
    Has great process improvement philosophy
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Slow to make change
    There is still pockets of "good ol'boy club"


  11. Helpful (1)

    Dynamic, open, friendly culture.

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

    I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Employees are dedicated to serving customers. Very smart, friendly workforce. Executives are accessible and open. Steady financial performance. Truly diverse workforce...people from all over the world. Good track records of promotions.

    Cons

    Typical growing pains for a company looking to be $3-5B player....finding the best organization structure, finding stronger leaders, folding in acquisitions, managing change.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to challenge the conservative midwestern roots of the company. Be more aggressive... acquire something BIG!! Move faster is Asia-Pacific.



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