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Thermo Fisher Scientific Reviews

Updated October 10, 2014
Updated October 10, 2014
536 Reviews
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Thermo Fisher Scientific President, CEO, and Director Marc N. Casper
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Pros
  • Opportunities to work remotely offer flexibility for work-life balance (in 26 reviews)

  • Good benefits, employees who generally want to make a positive difference in the world (in 36 reviews)


Cons
  • Management has little regard for direct reports work-life balance (in 31 reviews)

  • When colleagues don't like you and are in with upper management you're screwed (in 28 reviews)

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  1.  

    Fisher Scientific is horrible! Stay away!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Hanover Park, IL
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Hanover Park, IL

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice co-workers. Mostly people under the age of 30.

    Cons

    There is zero work life balance. If there are dangerous driving conditions due to bad weather, take a PTO day, if your car breaks down or won't start, take a PTO day, if you are late, you better have a doctor's note. (Even though you are given a laptop and have the ability to work from home, they will not let you). It is all telesales and cold calling, don't let them fool you. If you like being a robot, being told what to do and how to do it, and not having your own opinion; then you would fit right in. If you have an opinion and actually like to use your brain, look at another company and run fast.
    There is A TON of favoritism that goes on there. If you are not a favorite, you will go nowhere within the company. They are all puppets. Unless you are willing to relocate, there is no room for a promotion. SUPER high turnover rate. There are always open positions for a reason and it's not good. Direct Sales Managers have no qualifications to be in that position other than they knew who to suck up to to get where they are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at what really goes on there and the way the managers treat their employees as well as who is able to get away with what. There are a lot of unethical things that take place that either "management" is oblivious to or they just don't care. Either way, it's pathetic and very discouraging to other employees that watch it on a daily basis. You really need to start with fresh, new management instead of the ones that you have that play favorites to people and make it known to others. It's not a good working environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    The Chemical Division at Thermo Fisher

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good place to work as a last resort or as a trainee and that's about all I have to say regarding Pros.

    Cons

    If you're looking for career growth and a collaborative environment this is not the place for you. The offices in NJ are awful and the company does has not invested in this business or it's facilities at all over the years. The leadership at this company is very "top heavy" and the culture is absolutely a top down approach. A lack of innovation and focus on employees is the primary Con for this company.

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

    only god for out of high school kids cause they don't know better. treats there employee like crap

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Thermo Fisher Scientific as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    none. it good for kids who out of high school. I'm having a hard time coming up with 20 good words to put in the pros.

    Cons

    Everything. Everyone is only looking out for them selves and will back stab you just to brown nose. Not enough PPE for employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at what your ding to your peoples.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    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 (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
  6.  

    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 (more than an 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (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
  8. 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 (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
  9. 3 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 (less than an 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
  10.  

    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 (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
  11.  

    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 (more than an 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

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