Abbott Labs Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
614 Reviews
3.4
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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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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Medical Writing in Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Medical Writing in Parsippany, NJ

    I have been working at Abbott Labs

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Seek employment elswewhere.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Abbott Labs

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a pleasant place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Abbott Labs

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Abbott a company fated for failure

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in North Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in North Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Abbott Labs

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Quit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Miles needs to stop taking care of himself

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in North Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in North Chicago, IL

    I worked at Abbott Labs

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Excessive tiered management; lousy IT department and infrasturcture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  8.  

    Not the greatest company to build a serious career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Abbott Labs full-time

    Pros

    Above-average benefits. Pretty good work-life balance except during crunch time.

    Cons

    This is not a great company to learn management skills or to develop a career except at the highest levels. Lower and middle level managers are encouraged to maximize the raw actionable work that their reports are able to do, but not to help develop skills and careers. I have not seen a more disillusioned, discouraged, cynical set of employees who are stuck in their jobs with no opportunity to move anywhere and no opportunity to change anything. This company rewards steady work and punishes innovation at an individual level.

    This is a big slow stodgy company that has acquired and built up many smaller business units who are forced to accept this style of management. Unfortunately, resources are allocated and projects are developed as if these individual business units were startup companies, leaving a culture that has the worst of both worlds: The immovableness of a corporate bureaucracy, and the impossible leanness of a startup. The benefit of being in a larger company is the amount and scope of resources available to complete projects, but because the business units are all managed separately and independently, this scope is unavailable and therefore many teams are on their own. The result is that everybody has to reinvent the wheel. What's more, managers are punished for NOT doing this. Asking questions and soliciting feedback from other groups is a sign of weakness and is actively discouraged. My recommendation for anyone who wants to have a serious career in their chosen field as either a contributor or a non-executive level manager is to do your stint, build up your 401(k) a little bit, and then leave before the culture corrupts you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't know enough about upper management to make a comment. They are virtually invisible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    too many indecisive, clueless middle/senior managers/directors, they care for their bonus more than your career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Quality in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    good benefits, average salary (compare to other multinational companies), couldn't think of more

    Cons

    - every division and even departments work in silos, people think abbott is a large multinational company but in fact it is a mere combination of silos each work on their own budgets and initiatives. It sometimes amazed me how they can actually put their acts together.
    - promotion is nearly impossible unless you are part of the old boys club or happen to fall on the statistical requirements that our CEO wants. Image is everything, but not science or innovation.
    - managers with direct reports don't know how to manage people, they are just another project manager tracking status of peoples goals and projects. Good people managers are severely lacking in this company
    - too many MBAs, even jobs on the technical/scientific track can be replaced by someone with MBA degree. That's why there hasn't been any in house discovery break through since Kaletra. Our CEO can keep shopping around, this is only a short term stop gap measure. But wait, he spun out discovery as a new company in favour of stock performance to please those wall street grease balls. I think this is the end of the Abbott legacy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Image is not everything, take care of your good people and they will take care of the company. It was like this back then, but things have changed and everything is just metric driven and incentive driven.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Down Ward Spiral

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Abbott Labs

    Pros

    Unlike 5 to 10 years ago, there in no realy good reason to work here.

    Cons

    Unless you are in the PDP program or someone's pet, there are no promotions.
    The only people who get any sort of training are in management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come clean, what is really going on with this company?

  11.  

    How Long Will I Have A Job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Abbott Park, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Abbott Park, IL

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Vacation and sick time. Retirement and stock retirement.

    Cons

    Not knowing if you'll be part of the next round of lay offs. Back stabbing dishonest management. Used to be one of the best places to work within the area, now the tension in the work place is so bad you could cut it with a knife. It's a terrible feeling not having a sense of job security because a consulting firm hired by the company has basically made employees feel they have no value to the company. We're just numbers, not people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be truthful and honest. Management have no morals or ethics when it comes to dealing with people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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