Thermo Fisher Scientific Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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Thermo Fisher Scientific President, CEO, and Director Marc N. Casper
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  1. 3 people found this helpful

    Has gone downhill in the past couple of years

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Thermo Fisher Scientific

    Pros

    Work/life balance--9/80 schedule during the summer (although they are getting rid of it this year)

    Colleagues--95% of them are great, and work so hard

    6% match on 401k is great

    Cons

    It used to be the best place to work I have ever been in my 20 years in the work force. However, the last 3 years have been sliding downhill fast. Turnover has gotten progressively worse. People leave the company and other people are expected to cover their workload without finding a replacement. A lot of brown nosing, it's the way to move up in the company. Diversity and inclusion is great, but not when you keep someone/get rid of someone because they don't fit into that role. The upper management cannot relate to regular employees. I have never seen morale so low at any other company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a 360 with people that the senior mgmt don't choose. Have them be random employees, you will then get a better perspective on how their management style is, and if they are truly an efficient manager. Start focusing on employee retention ideas, and hire HR people that really do focus on employees, not ones that just want to always do cost cutting. Also hire internally. Promotions within are terrible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Just an average company

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Lenexa, KS
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Lenexa, KS

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

    Pros

    The people are great go work with. That's mainly the best thing they have going for them.

    Cons

    Pay is not great. You're treated like a number. Even though sales are great, pay remained very low. Getting anything changed takes a very long time or are told that they don't not have the resources to accomplish the specific task. Products in high backorder. Need more manpower.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit being called to so many meetings and work on bettering your staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    Finance

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    Current Employee - Administrative Staff in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative Staff in Rochester, NY

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits at this time. Getting worse every year.

    Cons

    Brutal hours and workloads. You have no life!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Believe that people are your most valuable asset. Don't just say it!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful

    Everything looks good... From afar.

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, fairly flexible schedule, huge company with lots of connections around the world, reputable name in the industry.

    Cons

    Terrible pay, very low morale in the department, metrics are unattainable, sales comp is constantly screwing inside sales department, commissions are ridiculously awful, a lot of "deal with it" and "it is what it is" comments from managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let us work from home; lower the crazy metrics; pay us a competitive/LIVABLE salary and commission percentage for the millions of dollars we bring in (literally); get rid of commission deceleration ("you didn't meet that outrageously high goal, so we're penalizing you... but you're doing a great job, don't get discouraged!").

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    High expectations, consistently disappointed. This company is like that hot chick you always wanted to go out with..

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    Current Freelancer - Contractor in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Freelancer - Contractor in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific (more than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting science, smart people. If you have a mentor or champion in Sr. management, you could have some opportunity here. If you can't form a supportive thesis committee, you're never going to graduate

    Cons

    This company is like that hot chick you always wanted to go out with....She finally accepts and you're sooo happy, but you quickly find out that she's kinda dull, boring in bed, dismissive and condescending, and after about a year of you trying to impress her, she's not that into you. You ask yourself why you keep going out with her, and the answer is because she's hot...eventually you move on to someone who is fun, interesting, and actually likes you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    fewer contractors. Contractors are all competing against each other for scope, and FTEs are scared of contractors because they are often cheaper and more skilled. Spend $$ on talent that is not in the bio-science...companies need all sorts of people to run well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Boring stuffy corporate culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and the company is doing well overall.

    Cons

    All about the Sales #'s, competitive internal culture, micro-management, low work/ life balance, does not reiterate the positives of what we are doing for the world and why we are there, who we are. Instead, just make your #'s or fear your job security.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on what we are doing for the world, be more positive, better work/ life balance, give back to your employees and eliminate the culture of fear in regards to job security. Lots of micro-management - old fashioned, trust your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. Not a great opportunity for sales people.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific

    Pros

    World leader in science with strong pipeline.

    Cons

    Comp plans are made to confuse and take away from your earnings. The process for promotion is long and bureaucratic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize the life blood of the company is your sales people and provide them with a strong compensation plan.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    VERY POOR WORK ENVIRONMENT

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI

    I worked at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time

    Pros

    There were on the job and classroom training programs available. I believe that we had a good medical insurance package, and there was a good stock purchase plan. In addition, the company provided a 401K and paid up to 5%
    of the employees' yearly contributions into the plan.

    Management encouraged employees to expand their knowledge and learn to work with other instrumentation in the
    company's product line.

    Cons

    Company politics are a major issue at the Madison location on Verona Road. Harsh criticisms and rumor mongering are common.

    New product lines are acquired due to acquisitions and mergers. These product lines can be very poorly funded, with little or no R&D, and this creates an atmosphere of decay and poor morale. As a result, this company has had a bad reputation among many representatives of the scientific community. When instrumentation companies are acquired, many employees are likely to leave before the implementation of Thermo Fisher Scientific's management policies and cost controls.

    Salaries can be extremely low, because management knows that it can be very difficult for scientists and other
    scientifically oriented people to find jobs in the current job market.

    When a scientific instrument company is acquired, Therrno Fisher Scientific is likely to de-emphasize earlier product lines and put all effort, (such as it is), into the newer items. Support for the earlier product lines can be minimal, and this causes great dissatisfaction among the customers- causing an exodus to Thermo Fisher Scientific's competitors. Entire product lines can be lost in this way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide reasonable support for earlier product lines.
    Perform salary surveys and pay proper salaries.
    Foster an environment of mutual respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful

    Great co-workers, but not that great of a company anymore

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    Current Employee - Production Planner
    Current Employee - Production Planner

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. The company does have a tuition reimbursement program and decent benefits; health insurance that's affordable and 401K. There have been some great managers/leaders, but a lot of them move on quickly by either being promoted or moving to another company. I have actually been able to grow with the company for the last 13 years, so there is growth potential if you are in the right location and/or right department.

    Cons

    The company does have a tuition reimbursement program, but it seems not everyone is allowed to take part. Managers don't always make room for it in their budget. The company has a silo structure and is growing bigger than it should. They have come to the conclusion that moving everything overseas is the way to go. This means a lot of knowledge, innovation, and workers with passion for what they do will no longer be working at the company. Raises happen once a year, but it's more a waist of time and paper since the amounts are so low. I have had a great run at this company and I know many co-workers that have been here longer than me, but sadly a lot of us are being pushed out. To me, this is not a strong future for the company, but it is safe to say the Corporate Executives do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Cheap

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

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

    Pros

    Stable company, constantly meets growth goals and pays bonuses

    Cons

    Raises don't happen, promotion and succession plans don't exist

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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