Abbott Labs Reviews in Santa Clara, CA

Updated May 2, 2014
Updated May 2, 2014
597 Reviews
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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.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Administrative Support  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Administrative Support in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    My boss was very supportive and gave me freedom to get my work done.

    Cons

    Internal computer support was always a challenge and needed to streamline how employees got assistance with getting computer basics set up as new employee. It took over 2 weeks to get access to my email and other necessary applications.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Nice place to work and to grow career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Abbott Labs full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Diversity in business and company culture, lots of nice and experienced colleagues to work with, and good severance package including transition in supporting you looking for the next stop.

    Cons

    Just like others, constant reconstruction is part of the routine business in the dynamic setting so be prepared

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Downsizing in US

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, equities, 401k, pension, tuition reimbursement. Very good stewards of company resources. Overall nice people. If you work in an emerging market the sky is the limit.

    Cons

    Very political, people afraid to make decisions, less training available, not opening new locations and downsizing in US. Top heavy with upper management. Culture and values not "lived".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in the US workforce. Walk the values talk.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    OK Experience

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    Current Employee - Senior Accountant  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Pay, bonus, and benefits are good. Product lines are strong and good sources of revenue.

    Cons

    Communication is lacking between Corporate and divisions. Finance business systems are terrible. They need to upgrade so the whole company is on 1 system and dump the patchwork of systems from the 1980's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate! It is very frustrating sometimes when we don't know what decisions are being made at Abbott Park until late in the game.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent company, management needs to keep younger talent

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    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Abbott Labs full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Abbott in general has good benefits. Compensation is relatively competitive... However, being in the SF Bay area their compensation is not nearly as competitive as it should be.

    Cons

    The culture at AH is very conservative. Young employees do not feel like they are being maximized to the fullest potential.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is very dissatisfying that upper management keeps outsourcing talent when great talent shines in Abbott. Management better start adapting to the new methodology or else this site will go down hill. You need to hire a lot more young professionals before everyone from retires.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work for, only if you are a self starter

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Abbott Labs

    Pros

    Great management team, great people,

    Cons

    politics between department, communication between mid level management from different department needs improvement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just look at the numbers and bars on the presentation slide prepared by a bunch of MBAs, understand the problem from a more techanical perspective is the key to continuous improvement

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Abbott Labs

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    Former Employee - Quality Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Abbott Labs

    Pros

    You can feel your impact on improving / saving people's lives.
    Vacation, 401k, Pension are all great benefits.
    Works hours that allow work life balance.

    Cons

    Fairly difficult for internal career moves.
    Brand name recognition not as prominent as some other pharmaceutical / health care companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encouraging internal career moves may increase employee engagement, so that employees are always learning something new and interesting. This may increase employee retention.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    An OK place to start but will get stifled by layers of bureaucy

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Abbott Labs

    Pros

    Stable job and good co-workers

    Cons

    Middle managers do not support their staff. They just take care of themselves. Inner circle gets excellent compensations with stock options and bonus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of incompetent directors and managers who stifle the company.

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Work-Life Balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Strategic Marketing Manager  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Strategic Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Abbott Labs

    Pros

    good work-life balance. flexible work schedule. don't have to do very much. most people don't get in until 9 and leave at 5. the gym is really nice.

    Cons

    people are conceited and arrogant

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give respect to your employees. Don't check your blackberries when they are giving presentations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Solid place to work, employees are well taken care of

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Project Manager  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Project Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Abbott Labs

    Pros

    Abbott is a solid company, with a diverse product line and pipeline. The company promotes movement within departments, which is good if you want to try something new every few years. Work/Life balance is important to management, and efforts are made to provide employees with flexibility to telecommute and/or modify work hours based on desired schedule.

    The retirement compensation is fantastic, with a 401k 2% contribution/5% company match AND pension, it's really unheard of these days.

    Cons

    Abbott's base salaries are a tad on the low side compared to other big pharma/device companies.

    Medical coverage is not the greatest, with the best plan costing ~$300/mo for family, and only covering 80% of costs. Even labor/delivery and hospitalizis only covered at 80%. This can really add up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a demand for better insurance options.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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