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PRINCIPAL ENGINEER - PROCESS INNOVATION - Abbott Nutrition

Abbott Labs Columbus, OH

include: Provide technical support to product research and development for the scale up of new and existing products and processes by designing and… Ivy Exec


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SENIOR STAFF SCIENTIST/MANAGER

Abbott Labs Santa Clara, CA

Abbott is a global healthcare company devoted to improving life through the development of products and technologies that span the breadth of… Ivy Exec


22 days ago

Senior Scientist

Abbott Labs Des Plaines, IL

Abbott is a global healthcare company devoted to improving life through the development of products and technologies that span the breadth of… Ivy Exec


22 days ago

Project Manager R&D - Design Transfer

Abbott Labs Des Plaines, IL

include: Provides leadership and subject matter expertise to product development team to ensure product design is manufacturable at production scale… Ivy Exec


22 days ago

Principal Equipment Engineer

Abbott Labs Des Plaines, IL

Responsible for implementing and maintaining the effectiveness of the Quality System. Candidate will be the primary production equipment design… Ivy Exec


22 days ago

Principal Software Validation Analyst

Abbott Labs Hollywood, FL

Responsible for implementing and maintaining the effectiveness of the quality system.Provide verification/validation activities project… Ivy Exec


22 days ago

DIRECTOR, GLOBAL MARKETING-SERVICES

Abbott Labs Crystal Lake, IL

PRIMARY JOB FUNCTION The Director of Marketing is responsible for setting the Division strategic direction and tactical implementation of activities… Ivy Exec


22 days ago

Senior Brand Manager - Pediatric Specialty Nutrition, Institutional

Abbott Labs Columbus, OH

Responsible for directing all in-market activity associated with multiple product lines and/or a significant business or product line.Drive product… Ivy Exec


22 days ago

Principal Molding Engineer

Abbott Labs Des Plaines, IL

Abbott Molecular will be hiring a new role for Principal Molding Engineer. This individual is responsible for design; development; implementation and… Ivy Exec


22 days ago

Director, Consumer Relations

Abbott Labs Columbus, OH

Primary Function / Primary Goals / Objectives: The Consumer Relations Director is responsible for setting ANPD s contact center strategy for service… Ivy Exec


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    Challenging work. Moving forward, yet stifled by its own quality bureaucracy that adds unnecessary expense and time.

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Des Plaines, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Des Plaines, IL

    I have been working at Abbott Labs full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Reasonable pay. Low pay to start, but after 15-20 years here, you will be compensated competitively.

    The work-life balance is good in some business segments. If you are in a division that has double-digit sales growth, the pressure is normal workplace pressure, and therefore the work-life balance is good. If you move to a division that is not meeting its numbers, expect low morale, and long hours to make up for this.

    Abbott is a solid company, that has endured increasing business pressure for decades, and thrives by adapting to the changing business climate. Executive management do an outstanding job to move the company forward. They take into account all stakeholders (shareholders first, but keep employees in mind too). I respect the strategic moves the company takes.

    Company claims to encourage employee development, and I strongly believe that they are trying. There are some initiatives in place to foster change. However, Abbott can be its own worst enemy, in that it gets in the way of itself, with quality system that delays ideas and adds unnecessary costs to health care.

    Cons

    Benefits are solid, except for health care benefits. Abbott's health plan choices are surprisingly poor. For a health care company, I was surprised to find how poor our choices were, and how little coverage Abbott provides. The health plans do provide great routine and preventative care. However, if you experience even minor non-routine medical needs, be prepared to pay a lot out of pocket.

    If you are job seeker, and contemplating a job offer from Abbott, I would highly recommend doing through research into the health plans, health network (not very many choices), the weekly payroll deductions, and the out-of-pocket charges you will incur for health coverage before taking the job. While health insurance should be one of many factors in considering a job, I advise you to concentrate on this benefit with Abbott. I have been pleased with all the other Abbott benefits, but I am still surprised how little Abbott provides, when compared to other companies, across many industries. I've been pleased with my career here, but due to Abbott's poor health plan, poor network, and significant expenses due to the low coverage on the plans - I have began a job search. I find that I can no longer work for a company that provides cut-rate health insurance, with few options for its employees.

    The quality management system at Abbott is crushing to development, innovation, and timely execution. Of course, everyone expects high quality products, every time - and I believe this is a must. However, the way Abbott has set up its quality system adds unnecessary time to every step of development. Be prepared to take 1 step forward, and 2 steps back when trying to come up with improvement. When trying to get approval, quality managers will simply say "No", without providing a "why" or provide feedback on how or where to improve. The quality system here seems to feed on itself, simply creating more jobs, more bureaucracy, more expense - but not improving the process in any manner. Be prepared to expect long delays, very slow changes, and lots of resistance to innovation and improvement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The quality system simply needs to become lean. It is bloated with bureaucracy that stifles ideas, and prevents development and change. Yes, quality products and results are a must for any business to win. However, Abbott must change its quality system to become lean, efficient, and nimble. It cannot survive, if it continues to allow such largess in quality departments and quashing of new ideas and innovation.

    When evaluating health care benefits, ASK your employees directly. Look for direct feedback. Don't simply "announce" the new plans and leave employees guessing why cuts are being made.

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