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Thermo Fisher Scientific Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated June 25, 2014
Updated June 25, 2014
558 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 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.  

    Good department, not great for a long-term commitment to the company overall.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Buyer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Buyer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people at this company are mostly really friendly, and the on-site cafeteria is delicious. Compensation is decent when you are hourly, unsure about full-time salaried positions.

    Cons

    It is not a great work-life balance. They expect many more hours out of you than you can reasonably put in and they will not hire more people for the department. There is little communication from upper management, except when it is time for performance reviews, and then their expectations are unreasonable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people for the job, treat them fairly, and then you might keep more of them. The reason people keep quitting is there is nothing to stay for.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Decent company, decent pay, great flexibility, but overall lacking in advancement opportunities and lackluster employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Poor management. Low salary. No avenues for advancement. Senior management knows little about technical challenges.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Complete Chaos

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    First, bear in mind that what I say here only pertains to software development. Hardware, consumables, sales, etc are all entirely different animals. Also, the culture and environment within software varies radically from one site to another even within the same functional group.

    That said, there is real job stability. The company makes money in spite of itself and it's nearly impossible to get fired. Work/life balance is not an issue. Most people barely work 40 hours a week.

    Cons

    1. The pay is relatively weak for the bay area.
    2. The technology is very outdated.
    3. The organization is completely dysfunctional. Each software group (and there are many) is an island and they often go to war with each other.
    4. There is no technical career progression path. It's just senior software engineer/architect -> manager, as if that makes any sense.
    5. The management has no idea how to ship software. They keep making more and more process thinking that eventually if they add enough of it, they'll ship something. Spoiler alert: That doesn't work.
    6. There are certain people who have been around since the dawn of time guarding the core code which prevents any real innovation being made. If you suggest anything new to them, they immediately dismiss it and claim that you don't understand the intricacies of reading and writing a flat file (that's seriously the tough challenge over here) when it's really they who are extremely slow on the uptake.
    7. It doesn't matter how smart you are; the system here will crush any spirit of innovation you may have. You won't be able to overcome all the process and procedural hurdles necessary to implement any real new ideas.

    Really, San Jose is the worst place to be in Thermo software. It's a different story in the Informatics group in Pennsylvania and even in the Austin team, which is part of the same group as San Jose.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. As far as LSMS software goes, make Austin the central hub and direct everything from there. They're the only ones who really have a culture of delivery that could scale beyond their own walls.
    2. Revamp the whole organization. CMD needs a software CTO/VP/Whatever to pull everything together. There should be a logical chain of pure technical positions trickling down from that role for the high talent people to aspire to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Large Company, Good Product Line

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time

    Pros

    Big known company that is continues to grow.Flexible work schedule, understanding if have appts. Annual bonus is nice. Good selection of coffee/teas.

    Cons

    Thermo needs to get rid of dead weight. Pay is below average. You can have 2 roles with additional responsibilties and yet still get under paid. You don't get paid for what you are worth. Currently, still alot of changes in the company including reorg and integration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Have better pay for the underdogs who actually does alot for the company.
    -Get rid of management who waste company resources, don't know how to manage employees, and can't mentor.
    -Show employee recognition...more company wide lunch events and have annual company chistmas party (more social events) or even giftcards can be nice or movie tickets to motivate employees!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of silos, lots of re-orgs

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Job stability. (Fulfilling the 5 word minimum with this sentence.)

    Cons

    Very difficult to get your work done due to poor integration of acquired companies, lack of focus within leadership, condoning of silo mentality accross all business despite lip service given to importance of working across business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the above and flatten the reporting structure

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    The company management only cares about P/L bottom line, we are just a number in payroll

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

    I worked at Thermo Fisher Scientific

    Pros

    The technology is pretty advanced

    Cons

    The management does not care about the employee.
    Manager is not capable to respect the staff
    Benefits and salary are not good compared to competitiors
    Constantly waste time PPI, 5S

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your staff well with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    More to life than closing factories in the US and setting up in China so you only have to pay workers $3 /week.

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    Current Employee - Go-to Guy in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Go-to Guy in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific

    Pros

    The company produces great products and they are truly a leader in its field, and very good at what they do. They provide great innovations in science, and are on the cutting edge of scinetific discovery, whether it is genomics, proteomics, stem cell research, and even in heavy manufacturing, such as pretoleum refining, oil and gas exploration, steel manufacturing, coal mining and other industries. They started out as a holdign company, but in recent years, they have divested some of their businesses and focused more on their core business of life sciences. They are also looking to buy companies all the time.

    Cons

    Not too well organised, too much infighting withing divisions, not enough direction from top management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try caring more about what's beyond next quarter's earnings. Where do you want to be in a year? 5 years? Help employees do better by providign a career path

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Carefull

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific

    Pros

    My fellow employees are very nice to work with, they are very knowledgeable and easy to get along with. the overall working environment is relaxed even to the point of being too relaxed.

    Cons

    Poor Compensation and no benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you would take better care of your employes then there would be less turnover.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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