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The green is greener outside of Abbvie

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Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Abbott Park, IL
Current Employee - Project Manager in Abbott Park, IL

I have been working at AbbVie full-time for more than 8 years

Pros

Benefits, annual profit share, perfect place to slack off (if you've been employed long enough), okay salaries (on the cheap side)

Cons

- Type A personalities not appreciated. Preference goes to low risk employees (w/ kids, debt, no ambition)
- You will find managers/directors with an associate bachelor degree managing people with top MBAs!
- CEO is a high schooler. I want to know which high school he attended so I point it out to Bloomberg to include in their MBA rankings.
- It is who you know ... friends are hiring friends.
- Firm is lacking integrity; currently under Corporate Integrity Agreement with the Federal Government for off labeling marketing of Depakote (= reason for the split from Abbott)
- Disorganized company still trying to separate from the mother ship (Abbott). Cultural survey pointed out lack of work life balance.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Get an educated CEO.
- Maintain or increase the stock price until I cash out (that is, before Gilead launches its hepatitis C drug ahead of ABBV).

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Other Reviews for AbbVie

  1.  

    If you can conquer the politics, you might succeed.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Training Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Training Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at AbbVie full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    great comp and benefits
    awesome landscaping
    plenty of parking

    Cons

    In Training and Development there is such an overemphasis on "perception", that all objectivity is lost. This would not be the worst if the directors were competent. Unfortunately, most are not. This leads to all sorts of dysfunction. Unfortunately, the T&D dysfunction pipeline will carry this right into the rest of company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Don't be afraid of dissenting opinions.
    -If you want to be "nimble and decisive" as the CEO suggests, perhaps you should develop those that are nimble and decisive. They seem to leave. You cant expect people who have been ponderous, bureaucratic, and political, to change into nimble and decisive. Not. Gonna. Happen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Deluded management, lack of growth opportunities, unbalanced/unfair pay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist  in  North Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Scientist in North Chicago, IL

    I have been working at AbbVie full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    1) Decent benefits
    2) Good place to be in if you are looking for short term opportunities (3-5 years) or want to start a career.

    Cons

    1) Lost management with some old thinking and unclear end point. Management is deluded about reality and is attempting to make changes without TRULY understanding the present situation.
    2) Unbalanced payscale - new hires could end up getting paid more than existing employees at the same level and with more years of experience or qualification.
    3) Not much growth opportunity (especially if you are ambitious)
    4) Too much time and resoruces are wasted in initiatives/collaborations that don't seem to pay off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Do some soul searching to get rid off old and bad management practices/people. You cannot expect employees to keep the best interest of the company in mind (even if they intend to) when the company management ignores the employee's interest and uses unfair practices.
    2) Too much time and energy is spent in collaborations at the upper level which does not filter to the lower levels which is where it probably matters most since the lower levels need to work cohesively to achieve goals.
    3) Throwing jargons of what this new company is all about is not going to get the company anywhere. The strategy is similar to a beautiful gift wrapped birthday present with nothing in it. The excitement will die once the truth (emptiness) is known.
    4) Culture needs to be defined by each and every employee (or at least the vast majortiy) and not just by management in order for every one to buy in. Obtain employee input on what sort of culture they would like to have in the company. This would bring in more involvement and commitment as employees will feel they are being heard and that they are part of the company. If not, it will just be another round of management mandate that employees will follow because it is their job and not their company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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