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Good department, not great for a long-term commitment to the company overall.

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Contractor - Supply Chain Buyer in San Jose, CA
Current Contractor - Supply Chain Buyer in San Jose, CA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific as a contractor (Less than a year)

Pros

The people at this company are mostly really friendly, and the on-site cafeteria is delicious. Compensation is decent when you are hourly, unsure about full-time salaried positions.

Cons

It is not a great work-life balance. They expect many more hours out of you than you can reasonably put in and they will not hire more people for the department. There is little communication from upper management, except when it is time for performance reviews, and then their expectations are unreasonable.

Advice to Management

Hire more people for the job, treat them fairly, and then you might keep more of them. The reason people keep quitting is there is nothing to stay for.

Other Employee Reviews for Thermo Fisher Scientific

  1. Helpful (1)

    Big company with big changes due to acquisitions and consolidations of operations

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Portsmouth, NH
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Portsmouth, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I am discussing Slide and Specialty Glass division in Portsmouth, NH. A lot of good science and good manufacturing. When the local company was left alone it provided a good training and growth opportunity through taking additional duties and challenges, including an effort on Practical Process Improvement which is similar to Six Sigma program. Compensation was good and in line with compensation of other companies in greater Boston region. I like a lot system of working 9 hours Monday through Thursday and working only four hours on Friday.

    Cons

    After acquisition by Thermo, the only things that seemed to matter were quarterly financial results. The precision system of people working together on average for over 20 years (and many for over 30 years!) was dismounted by bringing new General Manager first every two years and later every year. Each one wanted to bring his own people aboard and shuffled existing position which usually made no sense at all. After five years all the core personnel was gone and people who were newcomers brought just a year earlier were trying to teach newly hired, which of course wasn't effective. It seemed that all people with more experience (and a bit higher salary reflecting the experience) were systematically replaced by new ones which could be paid less due to their age, limited experience and current job market conditions. The company was a cash cow with big margins, dominating the saturated market of glass slides and similar products. Yet it was treated like many other divisions with growth potential and ordered to post big growth each year, which was completely unrealistic due to the shrinking of the market for such products. The financial pressure on all employees and continuous layoffs in sneaky ways of small numbers of people with no explanation to them or to the rest of workers created a horrible work environment.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Director level Sales and Marketing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Reach and resources are available if there is a great case for the opportunity. Business units can reach across to other business units in the same market for contacts and introductions.

    Cons

    They are heavy on finance, lots of analysis and reporting, to the point of an opportunity cost against pursuing new business.

    Advice to Management

    Challenge managers to get the job done without constant layoff and hiring. In the layoff in which I was included three of the seven jobs "eliminated" were reposted within 90 days. Two of these postings carried the exact title of "eliminated" positions. This practice will catch up to you.


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