AbbVie Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
105 Reviews
3.2
105 Reviews
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Richard A. Gonzalez
40 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits including pension plan, work-life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Great Benefits, Competitive Salary, Sr management involvement (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • High workloads adversely impacts work-life balance across multiple functions (in 9 reviews)

  • As in all Pharma, can be some red tape to get through when trying to make changes e (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Overworked, Underpaid and Frustrated

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior IT Analyst in North Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior IT Analyst in North Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Large company with opportunities in many fields.
    Opportunities to advance IF you play the game.

    Cons

    Poor work life balance with a lot of unpaid overtime.
    Employees must compensate for shortcomings of vendor and contracting partners.
    Promotions based more on connections than merit - very political.
    Incompetent management at departmental level.
    Low salaries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire enough employees to handle workload. Pay more competitive salaries. Rely less on outsourcing or be more selective in choosing outsourcing partners. Learn that culture cannot simply be installed; it must be evolved.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    AbbVie

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

    I have been working at AbbVie

    Pros

    Intelligent, energetic, dedicated, conscientious employees. Benefits.

    Cons

    High workloads adversely impacts work-life balance across multiple functions.

  3.  

    Great benefits, not so great location

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in North Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Associate in North Chicago, IL

    I worked at AbbVie full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    great benefits, generous 401K matching and pension.

    Cons

    Biggest con is the locations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good company if you work for a good boss.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Lake Bluff, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Lake Bluff, IL

    I have been working at AbbVie full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Old company with decent pay. Steady employer.
    If you screw up - they will still keep you on a lower performance pay but will not take proactive steps to do anything!

    Cons

    Dog eat dog world in the Corporate IT world.
    Some of the sr. managers have no clue on what they are doing. They are there because of relationships with Directors and so forth. They have no idea on how to manage the team. No long range planning, no insights. With new culture values, seems like everyone is doing their own thing.
    Commercial is better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You guys really need to cut the red tape, apply some of the culture values to yourself.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Fragmented

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AbbVie

    Pros

    Good for collaborations and research. Satisfying salaries.

    Cons

    Weak leadership, distributed work across sites which is not often efficient both from personal and company development perspective , unnecessary trainings, no respect from colleagues/supervisors if no exact experience from study or work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and look at a fragemented culture and work environment.

  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Politics, Fragmented and Limited Opportunities for Growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing
    Current Employee - Marketing

    I have been working at AbbVie full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Organization 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 ManagementAdvice

    Finding 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Professional Sales Representative

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative

    I worked at AbbVie full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, company car, vacation time.

    Cons

    Being under a CIA; everything and everyone is scrutinized. Pushing out some of the more tenured reps. High turnover of managers on GI team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do away with the "challenger rep" model. Reps hate it and only do it when a manager is with them.
    Hire managers who are honest and ethical, and truly want the best for their reps.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    positive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AbbVie full-time

    Pros

    work life balance is great.

    Cons

    no room for promotion if you cannot work inhouse.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Shedding the old Abbott culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientific Director in North Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Scientific Director in North Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    personal growth, opportunity to do interesting work, moving toward more of a biopharmaceutical culture as opposed to the old stodgy, slow, Abbott way

    Cons

    certain senior managers are all about building their own empire, some processes are still ridiculously slow

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great before the split, but questionable future

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Specialist Sales Representative in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Specialist Sales Representative in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, loyal to their people

    Cons

    Perks are weak, no stock options below management level, poor company car choices, very conservative and strict with guidelines and rules (old pharma feel).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just match competitor benefits, beat them to retain the top sellers in the industry.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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