Abbott Labs Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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Abbott Labs Chairman and CEO Miles D. White
Miles D. White
395 Ratings

Pros
  • Pretty good work-life balance except during crunch time (in 46 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Not much time for work life balance (in 18 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (5)

    Miles needs to stop taking care of himself

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in North Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in North Chicago, IL

    I worked at Abbott Labs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Location and benefit selection for full time employees

    Cons

    Senior management too concerned about their own careers and the negative retribution from the CEO

    Advice to Management

    Reel in senior management pay ... it is way out of line!


  2. Helpful (4)

    Abbott a company fated for failure

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in North Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in North Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Abbott Labs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some place to experience a very large and dysfunctional corporation. The company has remained profitable, but, has done so as it continues to 'off-shore' good paying jobs at all levels of the corporation. The CEO has routinely placed amoung the highest paid of his peers in Big Pharma. If, you are a young, female college graduate, then the company is actively filling its quota system with your gender. The company financially is managed very well. Just don't let employees stand in the way of meeting the next quarter's dividends.

    Cons

    The corporate culture is one of total myopathy. The company breeds management to believe they are the brightest, most stellar managers in their industry. They are not.The management seeks no one's opinion but their own.The corporation does not have an effective vision and its long term strategy is best summed up by sending jobs off shore ASAP.

    Advice to Management

    Quit.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Not a pleasant place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Abbott Labs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Big company with broad product lines. Easy to stay forever by keeping a low profile and warm, fuzzy relationships.

    Cons

    Lack of patient focus in the medical device area. Very poor interactions and synergies with different units within the company. Has lost its past reputation as a strong scientific innovator. No trust of people, and job security is based on "sucking up" rather than individual contributor performance. Senior management are the same people who just get shuffled around from position to position. Marketing people continuously changing, as they come to realize that most products have poor design and service. The design engineering strengths left with the departed. Too much focus on regulatory compliance, without consideration of doing the right thing for health care.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the products, not your own income and job security.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Seek employment elswewhere.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Abbott Labs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    They pay you, albeit below industry average.

    Cons

    Management is incompetent and unknowledgable about their position. The trend is to hide stuff from FDA during audits, not to actually do things appropriately the first time so that FDA has nothing to find. Quality is seen as an annoying hindrance that needs to be circumvented. The only way to advance is to suck up to the right people. It's very much an "old boys" network. New products are not being researched or designed. The Office of Ethics and Compliance is known as the "Abbott Police" because of how often they interrogate people. People constantly feel like they're being watched and can't say anything to anyone about anything because the "Abbott Police" will come after them. During investigations, you are informed you can't speak to anyone about anything, you are told you can't take notes about anything said by the investigators, and if you do take notes, you must destroy them. People are investigated on a regular basis and when an investigation occurs, everyone in a department is brought in and interrogated. There have been instances where Abbott employees have made up false accusations (everything from fraud to harassment) in order to get rid of co-workers. It's a guilty-until-proven-innocent investigations where the investigators are co-workers at corporate headquarters in Chicago. They are not trained investigators. They could be people who hold the same job as you and who you have interracted with on previous occassions related to actual job related matters, not an investigation. The general approach by employees is becoming such that they quit as soon as they are informed they are under investigation. Many employees are currently looking for employment elsewhere rather than remaining in such a hostile work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Start doing your job, respect employees, become competent, learn to communicate, get rid of the hostile work environment, get rid of the "Abbott Police"


  6. Helpful (4)

    Abbott...a great place to get experience to take elsewhere and get paid what you should have been already.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Medical Writing in Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Medical Writing in Parsippany, NJ

    I have been working at Abbott Labs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The best reasons include: a solid product, namely Humira, and great site in NJ, which they are closing

    Cons

    There is no opportunity for advancement unless you reside in IL. You must also have no opposition to kissing ass. It's the place to work if you really aren't fully competent at your job, but know how to schmooze the right people.

    Advice to Management

    Honestly, the Sr. Management at Abbott needs to snap into reality and value the employees who actually deserve it. I've seen way too much of promoting people who don't deserve it, and some really bad business decisions. It also wouldn't hurt if they grew their own pipeline using the many scientists they have and stopped relying solely on buying smaller companies with successful compounds to survive.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Not a great place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sturgis, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sturgis, MI

    I worked at Abbott Labs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits. Accountable for your actions.

    Cons

    There are too many politics involved when working for Abbott. Upper management is very arrogant, selfish, and too many employees are looking to be very cut throat. The culture is not comfortable. The management isnt very trustworthy. They will write you up for anything. They dont care about you or your family.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Take a step back and put yourself in your employees shoes. I left and I make alot more money and love what I do now


  8. Helpful (1)

    Depressing Work Environment at Abbott

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Public Affairs in Abbott Park, IL
    Former Employee - Public Affairs in Abbott Park, IL

    I worked at Abbott Labs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Abbott has an extremely bright and talented workforce capable of driving hard to meet business goals.

    Cons

    Perfection is expected and failure to achieve it results in denigration. Micromanaging managers create a depressing and dour work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Weed out poor managers and encourage a work environment where mistakes are seen as a sign of progress and creativity.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Miserable experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sturgis, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sturgis, MI

    I worked at Abbott Labs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits were decent, understanding co workers

    Cons

    Management is too political, politics from top management all the way to the employees. The hours were long and the pay was low. Advancement isnt measured by degree or performance but who you know. Backstabbing employees.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your work force and recognize who the bad players are.


  10. The RA IT Department is one messed up organization.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Abbott Park, IL
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Abbott Park, IL

    I worked at Abbott Labs

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Abbott pays as good as other pharmaceutical companies, slightly above average. The health and prescription benefits are good. Also includes dental, life, disability and 401k with match.

    Cons

    No time availability for vacation. Lack of accountability for Program Management. Program Managers have no clue what they're doing and management chooses to ignore this issue.

    Advice to Management

    Regulatory Affairs management needs to grow a pair!


  11. Helpful (3)

    unfulfilled, lack opportunity to move out of field service position

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer

    I have been working at Abbott Labs

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    profit sharing at the end of the year. There are some good people that work here. able to work from home.

    Cons

    Lack of opportunities to move out of field service position. Ever changing demands on employees. the adding of work without additional resources.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to promote from within. Stop trying to stretch your workers anymore then they already are. Give employees feedback on why they were not selected for a job.



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