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Good benefits, too much senior management, need to focus on "vision"- silos in departments

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Product Manager in Madison, WI
Current Employee - Product Manager in Madison, WI

I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Benefits
People
A strong diversified company

Cons

Not that many opportunities to grow
Salary is lower than industry standard
Silos in departments
Work life balance is very poor

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Do what is best for the long term. Make senior management work together more.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Shortcomings of a business model that shows growth through technology acquisition rather than development

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Kalamazoo, MI
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Kalamazoo, MI

    I worked at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Salary and benefits were decent, talented employees in non-managerial, non-leadership roles

    Cons

    Thermo Scientific's acquisition-based business model results in a management structure that consists of accountants and lawyers instead of technology savey leaders. This results in a growth strategy which does not focus on or reward for contributions through internal product development. Acquired companies are rapidly reorganized with new leadership that reflects the overall management philosophy of Thermo Scientific resulting in a technically below-par staff replacing qualified above-par staff. Product sales strategy emphasizes low consumer pricing rather than product quality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize, position and reward technically talented individual contributors rather than "masters at manipulation"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Leadership at Fisher is like an eagle - yep, they don't have them either

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Manager in Allentown, PA
    Former Employee - Manager in Allentown, PA

    I worked at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good health care benefits and 401k. Has the potential for good leadership. Has sufficient systems in place to manage effectively. PPI

    Cons

    Few, if any of the programs in place to encourage professional development are used effectively. Core values poorly describe the leadership style and are not embued through upper management and they do not trickle down, so leadership is left to the individuals in charge, which can vary INTENSELY. Fisher has no concept of principled leadership. Treatment of employees is downright unfair and imbalanced, again, depending on the leadership ability of the manager in charge. Cliquish pods of managers and directors result in lack of uniform treatment of employees, poor communication, rumor mongering and poor judgement. Annual reviews are done with no consistency across the comapny. PPI is an effective tool, but it is not used effectively. It is just one more thing to keep people looking busy and productive, which is typical of Fisher. As someone said..."lots of silos". Lots of initiatives that go nowhere because everything starts with a great idea but gets no support and it fizzes out...sometimes wasting money, costing jobs and confusing everyone.. Individualism, CYA and professional competition for positions, power and prestige dominate over teamwork, leadership and corporate vision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get professional leadership training in the upper ranks. An MBA or 15 years in Pharma does NOT make you a leader. Learn what it means to truly work as a TEAM. Squash the individualistic skull crushers who do anything to make a splash at the cost of others.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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