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Helpful (1)

Laid-back and relaxed schedule

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

I worked at Sigma-Aldrich

No opinion of CEO
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Work-life balance; Minimum work pressure; Absence of cut throat competition among employees; No long hours; No one is tracking your day to day hours

Cons

Low salary; low recognition of the company; no learning and growth opportunity; absence of mentoring; no career progression; limited market

Advice to Management

Please ensure proper training and on boarding process for the new employees. Create a proper career progression plan for employees at all levels

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  1. Helpful (5)

    I agree with a prior reviewer, worst place I have ever worked

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    Current Employee - Business Development in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Business Development in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent Benefits
    Might be a good entry level company

    Cons

    No real strategy for growth other than shuffling around current business units
    Very poor in managing acquisitions
    Does not generate IP at a rate that could be considered innovative
    No commercial focus
    Apathetic management or management by uninformed opinion
    The business systems are fragmented and a joke
    They have good people and acquired some promising technologies, but do not manage them well
    Unwilling to take reasonable risks to grow new businesses
    Wrong people in wrong roles
    Regionalism that creates barriers to work globally
    No ownership of responsibility, pass the buck mentality
    Yes I could go on.....

    Advice to Management

    Fix your infrastructure problems NOW while you are making money
    Learn how to be a global business
    Align your operations to appropriate business units
    Listen to your innovators for innovation, not your supply chain
    Respect your B2B customers or get out of fine chemicals
    If you decide not to support a business unit, sell it or spin it off, don't just let it die.

  2. Helpful (6)

    Worst place to work in St. Loius - Welcome to the dark ages! RUN!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Sigma-Aldrich

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Full benefits, decent salary, stable company, very diiverse portfolio, great stock price.

    Once the "lifers" leave the company, this might be a great place to work. (Too many people that have been there too long and have the attitude of "this is how we have always done it" instead of embracing new ideas.

    Great marketing and communication department filled with great people.

    On-site cafe. Free parking for downtown company. Metrolink nearby.

    Close to all major highways.

    Biotech area is more progressive

    Cons

    The systems are out of date. They use Lotus Notes.

    The corporate office is a scene right of the 1950's - the senior execs are all men with one token women who has great ideas but can't get them past the old boys club. The executive support staff is managed very poorly and they are treated like children and they are expected to be submissive. Don't even think of entering the executive area without an invitation uless you want to be treated horrible by most of the support staff.

    They do not value process improvment or fresh ideas. The HR department is a complete joke with a few very quality people sprinkled in but they can't change the system. This trickles down from the worst HR leader imaginable. They have a very vague anti-harrassment policy that they don't follow. There are only 4 diverse managers in the company (less than 1%).

    Gain the experience you can and then run, run run!

    Advice to Management

    Replace your HR leader, update and expand your anti-harrassment policy and follow it. Retire the lifers that don't want to embrace news ideas or change.

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