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Updated Jul 18, 2014

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3.5 78 reviews

80% Approve of the CEO

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Richard A. Gonzalez

(30 ratings)

68% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good compensation, work life balance(in 7 reviews)

  • Great Benefits, Competitive Salary, Sr management involvement(in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • High workloads adversely impacts work-life balance across multiple functions(in 5 reviews)

  • Lack of work-life balance in some areas of the company(in 2 reviews)

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    Micro management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsOverall, good work life balance

    ConsMicro management with favoritism. Unclear direction of the company

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet to he ground and know how stuff work. Don't just sit in your fancy office and speculate how things work

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Let Them Eat Cake

    Program Manager (Current Employee) Waukegan, IL

    Pros* Good Salary / Benefits
    * Flexible schedules with right manager

    Cons* Advancement for the suck ups and politico
    * Company is not sure what it is (bio pharma or Mad Men)
    * Inconsistant and bad leadership
    * Punish mistakes harshly, punish the messengers

    Advice to Senior ManagementWalk the Talk!
    Live in reality and stop the politics
    Stop hiring consultants that just blow smoke and tell you what you want to hear.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The green is greener outside of Abbvie

    Project Manager (Current Employee) Abbott Park, IL

    ProsBenefits, annual profit share, perfect place to slack off (if you've been employed long enough), okay salaries (on the cheap side)

    Cons- Type A personalities not appreciated. Preference goes to low risk employees (w/ kids, debt, no ambition)
    - You will find managers/directors with an associate bachelor degree managing people with top MBAs!
    - CEO is a high schooler. I want to know which high school he attended so I point it out to Bloomberg to include in their MBA rankings.
    - It is who you know ... friends are hiring friends.
    - Firm is lacking integrity; currently under Corporate Integrity Agreement with the Federal Government for off labeling marketing of Depakote (= reason for the split from Abbott)
    - Disorganized company still trying to separate from the mother ship (Abbott). Cultural survey pointed out lack of work life balance.

    Advice to Senior Management- Get an educated CEO.
    - Maintain or increase the stock price until I cash out (that is, before Gilead launches its hepatitis C drug ahead of ABBV).

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Politics, Fragmented and Limited Opportunities for Growth

    Marketing (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat products to work on and some very passionate marketing staff. Over the years, patient focus has increased significantly which really helps drive and motivate across the organization.

    ConsOrganization is fragmented and often not aligned to the same goals. There is high amount of individuals that are willing to lie, talk behind backs to create divisions. It can often be a very hostile environment despite all working towards the same goal and for the same company? After working for two other Fortune 500s, this is my first experience of this level of hostility and division between departments. The new behaviors seem to outline the right direction, but there's lack of accountability around these measures.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFinding ways to make everyone more accountable for teamwork, even if it includes balancing power could lead to great traction with the behaviors and a better culture. Very negative ratings on the culture survey in years past were met with ambivalence by past senior management. Senior Management vision, often not shared by others within the organization.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Failing and ineffective leadership

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWork-life balance is great. Direct leadership is also good, not perfect but good enough. Compensation and salary are good but that is a continuation of Abbott salary. All the good things are carryover from Abbott. Abbott was not perfect but AbbVie could be so much better.

    ConsUpper management hired after the separation from Abbott demonstrate lack of effective leadership. When no one from the original organization is promoted to positions they clearly qualify for then something is not right. Newly hired DVPs are completely disconnected from the reality of a very fluid industry.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the people who work there about how the industry operates . However not liking the reality on the ground and what you are hearing and then hiring a consultant group to tell you what you want to hear is pretty foolish and a waste of talent and money. Changes being made in isolation from the greater AbbVie community will likely have negative consequences on overall company performance.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Lowest Pay in the Industry

    Pharmaceutical Sales Representative (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexibility, vacation and paid time off, medical benefits, company car, pension, various locations, great for entry level for experience possible early professional.

    ConsLow salaries with small yearly increases, Micromanagement at its finest, Sales Meetings are a beating and accomplish nothing. Discourage reps from thinking on their own. Waste money on speaker programs that are not beneficial but if you don't spend money like crazy then management assumes you are not working.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAlign pay with the industry, Realistic Sales goals, True Transparency

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Sales

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood products to sell. Some great people. Possible opportunities if you can wait.

    ConsHyper managed from top down. Different divisions treated very differently. Lack of transparency. Never really know where you stand. Top reps tend to make same money as bottom reps due to quota system. Keep increasing cost to the employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook around and realize the changes you are making are too little and too late. Hire and promote better people!

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    Brilliant People Running In Circles

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosvery smart people, amble resources

    ConsOn substance of projects, lack of vision and coordination across functions resulted in brilliant people running in circles. On logistics, Byzantine bureaucracy made you feel as though you had been transported to some conglomerate in the 1950s. Circles + bureaucracy = hard to get job done.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreating / articulating vision + better coordinating resources = better employee experience, greater shareholder value

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Deluded management, lack of growth opportunities, unbalanced/unfair pay

    Scientist (Current Employee) North Chicago, IL

    Pros1) Decent benefits
    2) Good place to be in if you are looking for short term opportunities (3-5 years) or want to start a career.

    Cons1) Lost management with some old thinking and unclear end point. Management is deluded about reality and is attempting to make changes without TRULY understanding the present situation.
    2) Unbalanced payscale - new hires could end up getting paid more than existing employees at the same level and with more years of experience or qualification.
    3) Not much growth opportunity (especially if you are ambitious)
    4) Too much time and resoruces are wasted in initiatives/collaborations that don't seem to pay off

    Advice to Senior Management1) Do some soul searching to get rid off old and bad management practices/people. You cannot expect employees to keep the best interest of the company in mind (even if they intend to) when the company management ignores the employee's interest and uses unfair practices.
    2) Too much time and energy is spent in collaborations at the upper level which does not filter to the lower levels which is where it probably matters most since the lower levels need to work cohesively to achieve goals.
    3) Throwing jargons of what this new company is all about is not going to get the company anywhere. The strategy is similar to a beautiful gift wrapped birthday present with nothing in it. The excitement will die once the truth (emptiness) is known.
    4) Culture needs to be defined by each and every employee (or at least the vast majortiy) and not just by management in order for every one to buy in. Obtain employee input on what sort of culture they would like to have in the company. This would bring in more involvement and commitment as employees will feel they are being heard and that they are part of the company. If not, it will just be another round of management mandate that employees will follow because it is their job and not their company

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Tale of Two Worlds

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsStrong financial management and great product performance TODAY

    Conslack of developmental opportunites
    Too much exposure to HUMIRA \
    Can we get anything to lauch out of our pipeline?
    Conflicing directions -- be a lean, decisive biopharmaceutical company and yet we just signed a CIA

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to get in the trenched a little more and actually understand how to implement the changes they want.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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