Abbott Labs

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Abbott Labs Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
638 Reviews
3.4
638 Reviews
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Abbott Labs Chairman and CEO Miles D. White
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Promote work-life balance but sometimes performance review go the other direction (in 46 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not afraid to change

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Abbott is always trying to do things better and is adapting to the global marketplace
    Good benefits, including pension
    Respectful of people, is generally a good team environment
    CEO addresses employee questions
    Becoming less bureaucratic

    Cons

    Sometimes change is not always for the better, some changes are hurting the prospects for the future
    Pipeline of innovation could be stronger

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dedicate more focus on recruiting

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Stable and fair

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Waukegan, IL
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Waukegan, IL

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

    Pros

    Great place to work if you have a life outside of work because they have a great work life balance program

    Cons

    Not very innovative.... Safe but not challenging

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are doing fine

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company benefits, but too focused on outsourcing and the bottom dollar

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Abbott Park, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Abbott Park, IL

    I worked at Abbott Labs

    Pros

    People are great, company gives you opportunities to learn. I loved my job until I was outsourced. Great Benefits

    Cons

    The company keeps replacing older employees with foreign workers here and in India.
    I worked there for 14 years then I was told I had 2 months to train my replacement in India.
    Then I was to be let go. This story has been repeated thousand of times in 2014. It will continue into 2015
    with the layoffs. Dr. Abbott must be rolling over in his grave, he was a great people person.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not leave all your people. Employees care about Abbott. Consultants are there for a time then they
    move on. Abbott will soon be nothing but a shell.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company to work for

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

    I worked at Abbott Labs full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company places strong emphasis on employee happiness

    Cons

    Major layoff's in the past few years resulting instability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on strategic planning

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Career developments, networking, personal growth, understand business strategy

    Cons

    Company size sometimes makes it difficult for integrative strategic agendas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Fantastic Internship

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

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

    Pros

    Abbott has a wonderful company culture. I worked for great people and was given the opportunity to take on as much responsibility as I wanted in my internship.

    Cons

    Employees seemed to be older on average, so working for Abbott as a young person might be limited in terms of networking and relationships.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Logistically, have IT necessities ready for intern on day one so that he or she may begin contributing immediately.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Sales, Marketing, Sales Management, Senior Manager in-house

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities for upward mobility when I was employed there except for the last 2 years during downturn of economy. Good people to work with, quality products

    Cons

    I really loved my time at Abbott. I had 2 managers in a 20 year career I did not enjoy working for. Both were demoted. The other leaders I worked for were great.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Product Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  10.  

    Good work environment, but very corporate.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    First job out of school

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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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