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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377 Ratings

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.  

    Big Pharma with good products

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Territory Manager
    Former Employee - Territory Manager

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

    Pros

    Good products and great benefits. Ability to move up the chain if determined.

    Cons

    Pay Scale. Has the big pharma pay to it. Not rewarded for true performance. Partnership "pods", so who knows who is getting the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Scale back sales teams. Pay for performance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Keep your mouth shut, and don't rock the boat.

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

    I worked at Abbott Labs as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Co-workers were nice, at least to my face. Work/life balance seems good.

    Cons

    Abbott employees see hesitant to question decisions by upper management. Some seem generally scared when you dare question the status quo.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage employees to shake the boat a bit. Allow them to voice opinions in a safe environment without fear.

  3.  

    good company but they always laid people off due to bringing production to another country.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Control Inspector in Temecula, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Control Inspector in Temecula, CA

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

    Pros

    The people I work with . i love them

    Cons

    Always at the edge because every 3 or 6 months the lay people off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    i love working with all the people in Abbott

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

    Great company, but old culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst
    Current Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst

    I have been working at Abbott Labs full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, and job experience are great. Love the global environment.

    Cons

    Too much micromanagement from such an old employee workforce. They care more about when you come in and come out then the quality of your work. Very difficult to move around since you have to wait for someone else to leave their position first. Managers also know each other so if your good with your manager, you may be able to get in another position, if not you're screwed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a step back and relax. Let employees do their jobs and don't knit pick at tiny unimportant things.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Best to use employment at Abbott as short term stepping stone.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Columbus, OH

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

    Pros

    Good name recognition on CV, solid group of co-workers. Good opportunity to work on global projects or take on extra tasks for personal knowledge.

    Cons

    Disfunctional department & upper-level management, with little to zero company investment into employees. Questionable internal finances and huge budget cuts after AbbVie company split. Poor investment and little understanding of what is needed to succeed in emerging markets. Overall I get the feeling they are not doing well in the global market but managed to keep numbers looking good for stockholders... at expense of cutting in the wrong places.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need some new management blood that understands new world markets and drive change. Weed out the bad seeds and invest in new structure. Unfortunately after this last cut I know they laid off an entire dept and kept only the manager. A manager with documented complaints against them. This does not lead me to believe the company will be heading in a better direction any time soon.

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

    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?

  8.  

    it was a great learning experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Technical Advocate in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Customer Technical Advocate in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    time-off policies, benefits, scheduling flexibility, low turnover

    Cons

    lack of follow-through, lack of communication between departments

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Employees are short sighted regarding their career.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Abbott Park, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Abbott Park, IL

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

    Pros

    Being such a large company, there are many opportunities. Management at the various divisions are open to employees moving between them.

    Cons

    Management seems to cycle every two years which makes it difficult to improve internal processes. Each new director wants to make changes to get noticed and set themselves up for their next career move.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Outside of the quarterly employee meetings with Miles and Brian, management does not cascade communication down to employees. This lack of communication leads to disengagement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Exciting and challenging place to work; definitely would recommend

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in North Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Intern in North Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    The culture is friendly but professional, and I always found someone willing to advise me as the lowly intern. It seems like there is a lot of possibility for growth and development, though I was only able to stay for the summer. The compensation they provide is more than fair.

    Cons

    Training was a bit of a pain, though that was to be expected. Additional time off would have been nice, as well. The company does seem to get lost in striving to reach their bottom line

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Thanks to abbott for the right environment.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Oracle Hyperion Architect in Waukegan, IL
    Current Employee - Oracle Hyperion Architect in Waukegan, IL

    I have been working at Abbott Labs as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good place to work and learn. Very nice Abbott employees to work with.

    Cons

    Till now I might not have seen any cons.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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