Abbott Labs Reviews in Abbott Park, IL

Updated July 31, 2014
Updated July 31, 2014
593 Reviews
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Abbott Labs Chairman and CEO Miles D. White
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Management does heavily emphasize the work/life balance within departments (in 41 reviews)

  • Pay is good, offer good benefits for Permanently employed employee's (in 48 reviews)


Cons
  • work life balance challenges, direction of new company (in 14 reviews)

  • Large company with a slow bureaucratic administrative paperwork that can be overwhelming (in 14 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good company, dated practices

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    Former Employee - IT Intern  in  Abbott Park, IL
    Former Employee - IT Intern in Abbott Park, IL

    I worked at Abbott Labs as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits, compensation, and work-life balance

    Cons

    Corporate culture is dated and may not fit the desires of a younger crowd

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Work life balance.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Abbott Park, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Abbott Park, IL

    I have been working at Abbott Labs full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Average compensation. Manager flexible with time-off policies. Promote work-life balance but sometimes performance review go the other direction.

    Cons

    No time for training since time is fully occupied. Getting along with manager is the ultimate way to get attention.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing is fair.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Has Fallen Short

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Associate  in  Abbott Park, IL
    Current Employee - Human Resources Associate in Abbott Park, IL

    I have been working at Abbott Labs full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Abbott has the best CPS policy. They have given the maximum 7% for the past several years.

    Cons

    Management tends to stereotype people into the role that they start at the company with. You find, especially in my department, more thought is given to bring outside candidates in then looking at the talent pool that is currently there. I've seen our DVP's admin's be promoted faster than any other employee. While other's in my group work towards higher education to end up in the same role with even more student loan debt/Tuition Assistance debt. Its definitely a flawed system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no advice. It will take leaving the company to move to the next step. Once I finsih my MBA (two classes away), I will take my education and experience elsewhere.

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  5.  

    Keep your mouth shut, and don't rock the boat.

    Former Employee - Network  in  Abbott Park, IL
    Former Employee - Network in Abbott Park, IL

    I worked at Abbott Labs as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Co-workers were nice, at least to my face. Work/life balance seems good.

    Cons

    Abbott employees see hesitant to question decisions by upper management. Some seem generally scared when you dare question the status quo.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage employees to shake the boat a bit. Allow them to voice opinions in a safe environment without fear.

  6.  

    How Long Will I Have A Job

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Abbott Park, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Abbott Park, IL

    I have been working at Abbott Labs full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Vacation and sick time. Retirement and stock retirement.

    Cons

    Not knowing if you'll be part of the next round of lay offs. Back stabbing dishonest management. Used to be one of the best places to work within the area, now the tension in the work place is so bad you could cut it with a knife. It's a terrible feeling not having a sense of job security because a consulting firm hired by the company has basically made employees feel they have no value to the company. We're just numbers, not people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be truthful and honest. Management have no morals or ethics when it comes to dealing with people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    The company believed in longevity and retention.

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    Former Employee - Principal Analyst  in  Abbott Park, IL
    Former Employee - Principal Analyst in Abbott Park, IL

    I worked at Abbott Labs full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great name recognition and global presence. Numerous opportunities for internal movement within departments. Compensation and benefits packages were on par or above market rates.

    Cons

    Career advancement was not always based skills and experience. Lateral movement was more prevalent than horizontal movement within specific organizations. Company politics ranked high in the corporate culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address the politics of the corporate culture and be a true example for others to follow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Employees are short sighted regarding their career.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Abbott Park, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Abbott Park, IL

    I have been working at Abbott Labs full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Being such a large company, there are many opportunities. Management at the various divisions are open to employees moving between them.

    Cons

    Management seems to cycle every two years which makes it difficult to improve internal processes. Each new director wants to make changes to get noticed and set themselves up for their next career move.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Outside of the quarterly employee meetings with Miles and Brian, management does not cascade communication down to employees. This lack of communication leads to disengagement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A premier pharmaceutical company in today's marketplace.

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Abbott Park, IL
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Abbott Park, IL

    I worked at Abbott Labs as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    You are working at one of the premier pharmaceutical companies in the global marketplace. Management does heavily emphasize the work/life balance within departments.

    Cons

    Having an acute understanding of where the company is heading growth wise in the next five years, when products don't receive FDA approvals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To have continued conversations on a monthly basis with all employees on overall company goals. This should also include those that are consultants that are aligned to outside vendors if those goals are being met.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Horrible

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Group Leader  in  Abbott Park, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Group Leader in Abbott Park, IL

    I worked at Abbott Labs full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great area to raise a family. I've recruited great scientists. Comfortable pace due to the slow bureaucratic culture

    Cons

    Incompetent management. Very jealous talents. Care too much about keeping position rather than great science and research.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even if you only care about your own promotion, power and politics, use the talents and not destroy them. In long run, u will gain cuz of it. Those who remained there did not deserve to be there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    It used to be a good place, until Miles took over.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - St Manager  in  Abbott Park, IL
    Former Employee - St Manager in Abbott Park, IL

    I worked at Abbott Labs full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Average pay
    Good opportunities to move to a different area
    Heavy emphasis on career development

    Cons

    Bureaucracy bureaucracy, bureaucracy.
    Ridiculously long hours. Leave on time and everyone makes you feel guilty

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time for Moles to move on.

    No opinion of CEO

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