AbbVie Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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AbbVie Chairman & CEO Richard A. Gonzalez
Richard A. Gonzalez
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Pros
  • Overall, good work life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Great benefits for the regular employees (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • High workloads adversely impacts work-life balance across multiple functions (in 11 reviews)

  • Bonus structure is cash profit sharing when it should be performance based (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Big gap before joining & reality

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AbbVie full-time

    Pros

    Talented people all around, great colleague, package are industry average. Provide an environment for you to show how capable & competent you are

    Cons

    No work life balance, diversified task driven role in top management created equally high priority goals but all in one in middle management and all the way down, exhausted staffs. Goals driven disregards realistic issues. Poor IT & systems create barriers to work. Not employe focus. Not focus in employee.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employee, address issues when needed, increase transparency


  2. Clinical Research Specialist

    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at AbbVie as a contractor

    Pros

    Training is pretty good for new employees. Most people are very nice and helpful.

    Cons

    Its common for managers to be micromanagers.

    Advice to Management

    Hire contractors if they are doing a good job.


  3. Helpful (2)

    AFS

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    Current Employee - Level 16 Senior Financial Analyst in North Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Level 16 Senior Financial Analyst in North Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AbbVie full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good company but poorly run department. I wouldn't recommend this job to anyone.

    Cons

    Long hours, no work life balance, poor training, no guidance


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  5. A good mid-west big pharm.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    General stable company with strong pipeline.

    Cons

    No much career opportunity and demanding supervisors.


  6. Commercial Operations - Finance

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AbbVie full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    New company with a new culture. Making substantial efforts to become a fast-decision making biopharmaceutical company!

    Cons

    Career development opportunities after mid-management level are very limited.

    Advice to Management

    Career development specially in Finance needs to be prioritized.


  7. Good workplace

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Medical Manager in Rome (Italy)
    Current Employee - Medical Manager in Rome (Italy)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, company car, health insurance

    Cons

    Canteen, carrier possibility, distance from Rome


  8. Politics play a large part and employees undervalued

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Mettawa, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Mettawa, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AbbVie full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The benfits are great. I dont know what the pension benefits are of new employees but there is still a pension for those of us here. The people are really smart and most of them are nice

    Cons

    The flip side of most of them are nice is the nacl stanbers and they are here. Also politics are paramount even down tp the senior manager level. There are a large number of senior directors and above who are ebst tp avoid or around whom its best to walk on egg shells last they are willing to chew you up and spit you woth little value of the employees

    Advice to Management

    Value what you have before you lose it. AbbVie is no longer the only game in town


  9. Helpful (2)

    AVOID AVOID AVOID Worcester!!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AbbVie full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Commute is much easier than other Boston-area biotechs.

    Cons

    VICIOUS company politics, especially within engineering. Stale company culture, driven by long-service staff whose only qualification is starting with the old BASF back in the 90s. No leadership, management or people skills at all! Career opportunities are not merit-based but based solely on who you know and who your friends are. Ditto with merit raises - new focus on core behaviors being used by management as a tool to reward friends and punish perceive threats regardless of actual performance. All decisions based on company politics, nobody even pretends to look at facts. Actual high performers are either actively job hunting or already left. Pay is very poor compared to other companies. Even the cafeteria food is awful and overpriced. DON'T RISK IT - avoid this place!

    Advice to Management

    Quit. As soon as possible. Tell the new managers to pay attention to the culture survey results that you regularly ignore, and take REAL action to fix the problems. Eliminate the core behavior system or at least revamp it so that it's not completely subjective. Start holding middle management accountable for their actual performance, and start asking followup questions and demanding facts to cut throgh the sea of BS in the building.


  10. Gret company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Cherry Hill, NJ
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Cherry Hill, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, benefits, products, culture, Jim Hynd is the best and takes care of his people!

    Cons

    Work life balance is difficult, too many trackers and micro-management, too many tele-conferences, need a better development plan for career growth

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent, get new products for all divisions, work on growing the employees you have and making them better!


  11. Helpful (1)

    ABBVIE

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in North Chicago, IL
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in North Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at AbbVie as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Large company, with good benefits. Many different job paths, opportunities to try different things/disciplines

    Cons

    not structured, most things are adhoc, do not follow processes, different people are held to different level of accountability even if it is for the same role. very chaotic

    Advice to Management

    support employees when they are promoted, management classes, etc. Slow down and take the time to do things with thoughtfulness and looking ahead,



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