Abbott Labs Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
614 Reviews
3.4
614 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 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Excellent company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Sales in Tacoma, WA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits work hard & play hard

    Cons

    Long hours may requires extensive evening work

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good work environment, but very corporate.

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  3.  

    Excessive tiered management; lousy IT department and infrasturcture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    They will tallow you to facilitate a work life balance. Good. benefits.

    Cons

    Poor intranet and very fragmented access to benefits online. While it is great to have a 401k, FSA and other benefits the ability to reliably access them is equally important. This ability is nil. The ALEC credit union is a perfect example. Horrendous accessibility.

    There also seems to be a very laxed attitude regarding FDA compliance. As long as ‘nobody gets hurt’ non-compliance issues are swept under the rug.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Modernize your IT infrastructure. Bone up on ISO 13485

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Product Manager

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    • 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.

  6.  

    Solid Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

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

    Pros

    New hire training and ongoing professional development is good. The company culture is positive overall but can vary by division. Total compensation package is industry competitive to superior.

    Cons

    Resources are not as available as one might expect for a company of this size. Career growth is 100 % dependent on your manager in many areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget where you came from.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Engineer

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    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Temecula, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Temecula, CA

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

    Pros

    Benefits, strong company name to have on resume, low stress if you just want a job.

    Cons

    Advancement opportunities, beauracracy and slow moving projects, locations, little incentive to excel.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    First job out of school

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    • 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
  9.  

    Abbott - Lake County

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Lake Forest, IL
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Lake Forest, IL

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

    Pros

    A wonderful pharma company globally. Personal growth is encouraged. Due to regulations dependent on position, module training is mandatory. Decent time-off policies and normal perks.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is dependent on manager's needs. Will take advice from auditing company on overages of budgets, regardless of human impact.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in new outside talent to backfill positions within organizations and be transparent in communications.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    I enjoyed every day working at Abbott.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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