Abbott Labs Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
593 Reviews
3.4
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. 1 person found this helpful  

    The worst work experience of my life.

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst  in  Waukegan, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Waukegan, IL

    I have been working at Abbott Labs full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    I made some good friends

    Cons

    No morals. Management is encouraged to lie and steal. They will look for someone to blame when the make mistakes and they will never give you credit when you save the day. They prefer "yes men" to people that can actually think and perform. If you want to grow look somewhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell your stock and change your names. Its a small world and your reputation precedes you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Horrible and back stabbing company who does not give some people a chance based on location

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    Former Employee - Assistant Chemist I
    Former Employee - Assistant Chemist I

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

    Pros

    People you work in the lab are nice to be around with. Location was good. Protential of overtime was posible.

    Cons

    Phone interview was a day late. No communication with the recruitment company until it too late for orientation. does not give time to learn and understand the lab equipment. Was not getting a full 40 hour paycheck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people some time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    The working environment was very hostile and stressful, especially towards temporary (contract) employees.

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    Former Employee - Records Management Specialist  in  Waukegan, IL
    Former Employee - Records Management Specialist in Waukegan, IL

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

    Pros

    Found the business to be interesting and learned a lot about it.

    Cons

    Managers were very moody and unpredictable: very poor soft skills and managerial skills. Work performed by all team members was criticized on a daily basis. There were too many closed door meetings, arousing suspicions about staffing and other business concerns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Director should be more in touch with unit operations and behavior of managers. Managers should also be coached in importance of work/life situations and how to handle them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    My time here....

    Former Employee - Lab Tech Aide  in  Libertyville, IL
    Former Employee - Lab Tech Aide in Libertyville, IL

    I worked at Abbott Labs as a contractor

    Pros

    As an employee of Abbott you get into most of the museums for free.

    Cons

    The department that I worked for had a very very VERY poor "training" program.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better training to incoming employees.

  6.  

    It was a very poor experience.

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    Current Employee - Technical Writer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Abbott Labs as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    They offered me a job.

    Cons

    My supervisor was 400 miles away in Los Angeles and had no idea what I was doing in San Jose. I was a contractor and he asked me to create corrections, corrective actions, and preventive actions (CAPAs). Four months later I was laid off with no warning or severance pay because HR said only permanent employees could create CAPAs.

    The last few weeks I was there, I was assigned a new supervisor who worked in San Jose. When I listed her as a reference, she said she didn't know who I was.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't have supervisors in Los Angeles with employees in San Jose.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    PRIVATE

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Good pay. Some nice people.

    Cons

    Do not care about people. You are only a number. Can cause you to lose everything you worked for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay up North.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Sales

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Abbott Labs full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nothing to speak of, can't find any

    Cons

    Terrible boss, worst leadership. Work anywhere else.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    No personal life if you want a career.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH

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

    Pros

    Compensation and Benefits are great.

    Cons

    Worklife balance does not exist in all areas.
    Efforts are not always valued. Very little attention to celebrating successes as attention tends to on what is not getting done and what need completed next.
    Accolades tend to come accross ingenuine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a culteral survey and get anonymous results categorized department. Granularity may help address some of the cultural issues. The enviornment in some areas may be good....but not everywhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Horrible

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    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.  

    girls club

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    Former Employee - Implementation Services Engineer  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Implementation Services Engineer in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Abbott Labs as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    if your female you will get hired

    Cons

    girls club constant backstabbing each other and downgrading men

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get your crap together

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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