Sigma-Aldrich
2.7 of 5 138 reviews
www.sigmaaldrich.com Saint Louis, MO 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 13, 2014

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56% Approve of the CEO

Sigma-Aldrich President, CEO, and Director Rakesh Sachdev

Rakesh Sachdev

(55 ratings)

42% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "good work-life balance, 45-50 hours/week OK, no work on evenings/week-end"
    in 9 reviews
  • "Great people doing the best with limited resources"
    in 11 reviews
Cons:
  • "No opportunities for advancement at remote sites"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Not much support regarding career advancement"
    in 6 reviews
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Not focused

Senior Chemist (Current Employee)
Miamisburg, OH

I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGood place to get some experience

ConsThey are more worried about 5s, process improvement, and ISO than getting the work completed and getting orders shipped on time.

Advice to Senior ManagementHow about putting people in management that actually know what management is!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Disappointing

Procurement Specialist (Former Employee)
Saint Louis, MO

I worked at Sigma-Aldrich full-time for more than a year

ProsPeople I worked with were professional and tried to do the best they could under the circumstances. Decent benefits and location.

ConsThe overall atmosphere and moral is negative. In the area I worked (Procurement) there was a high rate of turnover and general dissatisfaction with upper management.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Typical large corporation

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich

ProsPart of a global corporation, so there are many opportunities to grow
Decent benefits
Flexible schedule available depending on your job function

ConsBecause the company is so large, communication is a huge problem. It may take 4-5 emails to get the answer you were looking for. Decisions are made slowly. Overall the company is a big sluggish beast that cares about nothing more than their stock value. This should be nothing new if you've worked in corporate America

Advice to Senior ManagementLose the ego.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Working at this place is a waste of your time.

Selector (Former Employee)
Milwaukee, WI

I worked at Sigma-Aldrich as a contractor for more than a year

ProsThe ability to cross-train and learn new skills.

ConsIntimidated by employees who speak up about any concerns. No advancement opportunities to employees who work hard only to employees who they like. No union!

Advice to Senior ManagementChange your ways!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I've seen worse in other large corporations

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Sigma-Aldrich full-time for less than a year

ProsIf you like corporate structure: this is a regulated place with a lot of hierarchical levels.

ConsPersonal ideas not welcome. Speak if addressed to. People have to watch their backs. Positions were terminated abruptly and no explanation given.

Advice to Senior ManagementCaring for employees actually works, at successful companies

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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bad communicating and politics, low morale

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Saint Louis, MO

I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich as an intern for less than a year

Prosmost of the people are approachable

Consnot as stable as it used to be, the salary and benefits are not ideal, the industry is going down

Advice to Senior Managementbe transparent and care more about the employees,

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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bad

Senior Chemist (Current Employee)
Milwaukee, WI

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

Prospay could be better plaese

Consbad coworkers and bad working conditions

Advice to Senior Managementpay more all of the time

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Money equals money

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Saint Louis, MO

I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich full-time for more than 10 years

ProsThese folks are amazing and long suffering...they work like dogs to achieve impossible goals many of them, so mgmt. level can bonus.

ConsThe culture used to be embodied in the phrase employees equal stockholders, equal customers. This at least verbalized a balance of sorts. There is no growth, work/ life or implication of balance currently. It's all about the money, no matter the body count.

Advice to Senior ManagementTry caring for your employees instead of squeezing each lemon dry so you can go get a younger, cheaper one. Bring back balance. Think about work life balance and true flex schedules instead of fighting this. and bring back all the jobs sent overseas. Employ more in the US again.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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slow

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich full-time

Prosenjoy working with some nice people

Consit's a conservative company, change is slow

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Not a bad place to work

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Sigma-Aldrich

ProsGood incentives, employee perks..pay is on par if not a little better

ConsHard to move ahead, promotions

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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