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Current Employee - Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
Current Employee - Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA

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

Recommends
Recommends

Pros

Strong management, competitive salary, growing company

Cons

Not enough bandwidth, poor location, misaligned priorities

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    This company only cares about the bottom line/profits

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    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, many divisions and business segments, decent opportunities, looks good on resume, huge company that is growing like the plague.

    Cons

    Old boys network of management, unattainable sales goals, terrible customer service to support sales, many managers who are inexplicably successful when they possess no management skills

    Advice to Management

    Look up from the bottom line and see your employees


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    Complete Chaos

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    First, bear in mind that what I say here only pertains to software development. Hardware, consumables, sales, etc are all entirely different animals. Also, the culture and environment within software varies radically from one site to another even within the same functional group.

    That said, there is real job stability. The company makes money in spite of itself and it's nearly impossible to get fired. Work/life balance is not an issue. Most people barely work 40 hours a week.

    Cons

    1. The pay is relatively weak for the bay area.
    2. The technology is very outdated.
    3. The organization is completely dysfunctional. Each software group (and there are many) is an island and they often go to war with each other.
    4. There is no technical career progression path. It's just senior software engineer/architect -> manager, as if that makes any sense.
    5. The management has no idea how to ship software. They keep making more and more process thinking that eventually if they add enough of it, they'll ship something. Spoiler alert: That doesn't work.
    6. There are certain people who have been around since the dawn of time guarding the core code which prevents any real innovation being made. If you suggest anything new to them, they immediately dismiss it and claim that you don't understand the intricacies of reading and writing a flat file (that's seriously the tough challenge over here) when it's really they who are extremely slow on the uptake.
    7. It doesn't matter how smart you are; the system here will crush any spirit of innovation you may have. You won't be able to overcome all the process and procedural hurdles necessary to implement any real new ideas.

    Really, San Jose is the worst place to be in Thermo software. It's a different story in the Informatics group in Pennsylvania and even in the Austin team, which is part of the same group as San Jose.

    Advice to Management

    1. As far as LSMS software goes, make Austin the central hub and direct everything from there. They're the only ones who really have a culture of delivery that could scale beyond their own walls.
    2. Revamp the whole organization. CMD needs a software CTO/VP/Whatever to pull everything together. There should be a logical chain of pure technical positions trickling down from that role for the high talent people to aspire to.


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