Abbott Labs Reviews in Abbott Park, IL

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
614 Reviews
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614 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Promote work-life balance but sometimes performance review go the other direction (in 45 reviews)

  • Pay is good, offer good benefits for Permanently employed employee's (in 54 reviews)


Cons
  • not that good work-life balance; not good interaction between departments (in 18 reviews)

  • As a large company, innovation and creativity is stifled a bit (in 15 reviews)

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    Product Manager

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Abbott Park, IL
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Abbott Park, IL

    I worked at Abbott Labs full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    It is my goal to return to Abbott. I enjoyed working there.

    Cons

    Timing is everything. Due to unavoidable life events I had to leave.

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    Good work environment, but very corporate.

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Abbott Park, IL
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Abbott Park, IL

    I worked at Abbott Labs full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company size afforded opportunities for growth and movement into new positions. Generally good career progression opportunities.

    Cons

    Pretty political and networked environment. A very relationship based culture. You will do well if you network and know the right people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Poor performers are allowed to "hide" in this environment. Hold people accountable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    First job out of school

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    Former Employee - LAN/WAN Network Operations Technician in Abbott Park, IL
    Former Employee - LAN/WAN Network Operations Technician in Abbott Park, IL

    I worked at Abbott Labs as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great learning experience - was able to get my hands on a lot of technologies (load balancers, WAN accelerators, switches and routers), interacted with people around the world, treated everyone fairly the same and held them with similar responsibilities, great team, knew their stuff, certifications didn't decide who you were here unlike so other experiences I've had, plenty of opportunities, organization is growing and is currently in a weird time with the Abbott/Abbvie split

    Cons

    Full time contract position - was my first taste at shift work, can't say that I minded it, but it was and still is tough adjusting to shifts...mainly 3rd

    Please be aware my compensation rating is that of the contracting company not Abbott!

    This can be taken as a pro or con, mostly con since the defacto network vendor is Cisco, and is also more marketable, but for layer 2/3 switches the vendor is Extreme. There was a slight learning curve, but the syntax is fairly easy to adjust too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Interacted with associate managers, although my experience was fine with them but would like to have been able to have senior managements insight or have visibility into managements decisions

    Recommends
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    Fun Internship

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

    I worked at Abbott Labs as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Internship was amazing, Abbott has a fantastic program!

    Cons

    Don't place engineering interns into a role specific to their degree

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    I enjoyed every day working at Abbott.

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

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

    Pros

    Advancements Opportunities
    Career Development
    Community leaders

    Cons

    Lack of Training
    Manager require more leadership training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We have a open door policy? That is questionable... I discussed concerns at the next level of management relating to concerns I experienced... even provided solutions. Next thing I knew my manager had me in his office saying I was out of line... he wanted the glory of my suggestions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good company, but senseless layoffs every January. Two thousand people lose their jobs every year, just like clockwork

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

    I worked at Abbott Labs full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, good pay, on-site childcare.

    Cons

    Just a number, when profits are down, people are cut. The company earns billions of dollars a year, literally, but there are still layoffs. How can this make sense?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be penny-wise and pound-foolish.

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

    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 (less than an 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
  9.  

    Work life balance.

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    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 (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
  10.  

    Has Fallen Short

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    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 (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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    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 (more than an 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.

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