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Thermo Fisher Scientific Reviews

Updated November 18, 2014
Updated November 18, 2014
567 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 29 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 32 reviews)

  • When colleagues don't like you and are in with upper management you're screwed (in 29 reviews)

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  1.  

    Not so great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lafayette, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lafayette, CO

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you're a scientist, you have a lot of opportunities. It has the normal, large company benefits.

    Cons

    You're just a number. I've seen other people treated very poorly. It's a shame to see good people leave or forced out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Money isn't the only thing that matters.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    RUN AWAY - FAST!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I wish there was something I could add here....other than they have a great expresso machine!

    Cons

    There is no leadership or real understanding of what leadership is. To say the management is inexperienced would be kind. The culture and decisions from the top down are driven by individual ego, management sacrifices the good of the team, project and company for their own personal gain. There is a great lack of ethics, very low moral, and genuine sense that no one really likes one another. Employee turnover is high, and they lack the ability to recruit any new talent. When they do get talent, they can't hold on to them. There is a fear among management to adapt with shifts in the market space.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you own a market space, you can be sure your competition is nipping at your heels. They have caught up, and you are about to see them flying by you. It is a shame that your management does not understand how to adapt to shifts in the market to maintain your leadership position. The business focus is too narrow. There, is no strategic alignment or direction, communication is non existent and your all chasing numbers. It is time to identify the dead weight and stop relying on tools and acquisitions to increase productivity and market share. Understand that just because someone kissed there way to the top doesn't mean they have the cognitive ability to hold a position beyond process work... Put people with actual skill, real leadership ability and good old fashion work ethic in charge.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Thermo Fisher Scientific Response

    Nov 6, 2014Account Director

    Thermo Fisher Scientific understands the weight of employee feedback. We strive to be a great company to work for and to enable our customers make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. Hearing ... More

  3.  

    First job out of college

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent starting salary and benefits. Relatively good work/life balance. Opportunities for international travel and visiting other sites within the United States.

    Cons

    Morale is extremely low. Commonly hear that the wrong people are promoted and the only company focus is $$$. Does not feel like a cohesive company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible Empolyer

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    Former Employee - Picker in Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Picker in Frederick, MD

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

    Pros

    Company has good people working for it that are totally get screwed over!

    Cons

    This company has ridiculous hiring policies, has a high turn over rate and just fired me for calling out sick today (Monday) and this past Friday. They claim i was on attendance probation however they never told me and prior to being sick this week i call called out one other time and that was about a month ago!!! Aside for this current anger i have with the company there is no room for advancement. They have crazy policies as far as making mistakes- i made a mistake and instead of me getting in trouble they went to the guy that trained me about a month and a half ago and said he had to retrain every one! Seriously!!!! Lastly there are no normal shift no matter the number of hours i work they are making be get off at 6:30pm. They are not offering any shifts when you get off any earlier!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't fire someone for being sick when its not a regular thing. Also if you have someone on attendance probation tell them! Lastly at least find out information. for all you know i am in the hospital and/or have a doctors note!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Fisher Scientific is horrible! Stay away!!

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    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  11. 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

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