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Thermo Fisher Scientific Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
510 Reviews
2.9
510 Reviews
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Thermo Fisher Scientific President, CEO, and Director Marc N. Casper
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Opportunities to work remotely offer flexibility for work-life balance (in 24 reviews)

  • Good benefits, employees who generally want to make a positive difference in the world (in 35 reviews)


Cons
  • Management has little regard for direct reports work-life balance (in 24 reviews)

  • When colleagues don't like you and are in with upper management you're screwed (in 27 reviews)

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  1.  

    Poor management, no career development for employees, and low pay compared to other companies in the industry.

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    Former Employee - Applications Scientist  in  Sugar Land, TX
    Former Employee - Applications Scientist in Sugar Land, TX

    I worked at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice location, many products to learn about.

    Cons

    High employee and management turnover rate. Very low merit increases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop sound retention and career development strategies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Unacceptable

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    Former Employee - QA Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Products are well liked in the industry. A lot of potential moving forward.

    Cons

    Management is immature and lacks leadership skills you would expect. Quality system is ineffective and is not embraced by management. Culture is non-collaborative and activities take too long to accomplish. If you are a young, progressive and intelligent manager or individual contributor, you will be taking a step backwards at the SJ location.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your direct reports, respect their opinion embrace their contributions. Hire first class managers who know how to manage. Get rid of the Neanderthals especially in Design, Manufacturing, and RA/QA.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Awful and mafia style managment

    Current Employee - Chemical Technician  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Chemical Technician in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    the parking is free is about all

    Cons

    work u to death without a care if you wanna die for a buck, 15 dollars for 15 years of service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    go back to school

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Growth at any cost

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Salary for Manager level and above is decent. Very wide range of products.

    Cons

    Absolutely 100% focused on building shareholder equity. The problem is they are leaving behind or forgetting the employees and customer. The push to please Wall Street has cost them innovation and employee loyalty. All focus is internal and geared toward cost savings with no regard for employees or commercial operations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change in top leadership is desperately needed, don't be fooled by the short term success.

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

    Welcome to the Dollar Store of Science

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good rank and file coworkers.

    Cons

    Company behaves as if it's a small start up with zero cohesion across business units. Each division pretty much does it's own thing. There no real centralization of processes or policies. It's the most disjointed hot mess I've ever seen. In addition, in my entire working career I've never seen a science based company so totally unwilling to invest in infrastructure or R&D. The site I worked at I quickly found out they let a roof leak persist for 5 years so that when it would rain, staff would have to cover equipment and couldn't work in that lab space. 5 YEARS they let this happen before finally fixing the roof. The areas they call "labs" are also a joke. It's something you'd expect from a poorly funded academic lab, not a multi-national global company.

    They also overtax staff, they are fond of heaping 2-3 people's worth of responsibilities onto one person and only pay you really about 2/3 the salary of one of those jobs. After seeing behind the curtain, I'll never look at Thermo or Fisher products the same way again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to start investing in infrastructure and research if you want to innovate, attract and keep top talent. Stop acting like this company is a small start up. There needs to be consistent structure for a company of this size. This place was an utter joke and it doesn't take new employees long to figure how much of a joke this company is. I figured it out and got the hell out after just a few months as the issues here are just monumental and institutional. I feel sorry for any company acquired by Thermo Fisher.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Wasting time money and human resources at amazing speed.

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    Former Employee - Products  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Products in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay, worked with interesting people on amazing projects (even if many of them were canceled before reaching customers). Was always something to do never a dull moment.

    Cons

    Lack of strategic follow through and "One Thermo" integration. They have all of the parts and no idea of how to pull them together and integrate them into a platform that enables the lab.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on building the integration between business with software to simplify the labs experience. The website is still a disaster even after all the massive investments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    The experience was lousy across the board - DON'T WORK HERE!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Rockford, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockford, IL

    I worked at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some coworkers were nice but still a very cliquish organization. High school clearly didn't end for most of them.

    Cons

    The management plays favorites and it's very obvious. You never feel valued there or that anything you do is really going to amount to anything. No motivation by management to succeed and no support - they set you up for failure. Takes forever to get a promotion and really the pay raise is very mediocre. Horrible location, horrible town. Don't even have this place on your radar.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to use positive reinforcement, not negative.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    disappointing

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Global Brand and has good solid Products. Nice people to work with,

    Cons

    Acquires small companies and does not integrate them. No actual company culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Do not work here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fairport, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairport, NY

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    None, None, None, None, None

    Cons

    To many to list in one review. If you are a convicted felon, great place, educated person they will try to put you down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a DEEP look at yourself.

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

    Not worth it

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    Current Employee - Technician  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Technician in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    No one really gives you a hard time when you call in sick. PTO is generally approved quickly. Roughly 90% of fellow employees are easy to get along with.

    Cons

    Management expects you to always work all overtime hours all of the time. Overtime is as much as 18 hours a week, if you work for it all. If you do not work overtime, you are constantly berated until you do. Raises are very small (1%). The amount of work that is required is not worth what is paid. Not much emphasis is placed on safety training. Work is very repetitive and "factory" like.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Favoritism is a huge issue within this company, especially this department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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