Sigma-Aldrich
2.7 of 5 152 reviews
www.sigmaaldrich.com Saint Louis, MO 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 7, 2014

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Sigma-Aldrich President, CEO, and Director Rakesh Sachdev

Rakesh Sachdev

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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 12 reviews
Cons:
  • "The biggest con is the opportunities for advancement"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Not much support regarding career advancement"
    in 6 reviews
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    Well known company with many talented employees

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Milwaukee, WI

    ProsStable company, knowledgeable employees, supervisors/ managers are very flexible with the employees.

    ConsPay is less than the industry average. It takes a long time to get approval for a promotion.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmployees are being less appreciated with every year. Little things are being taken away with each year.
    If someone leaves the company very often they don't get replaced and the work just spreads to the rest of the group. Of course without compensation.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Promotion does not require job skill

    Anonymous (Former Employee)

    ProsJob is not stressful unless you want to take on more. Good products, distribution network, and strategic partnership/acquisitons. I would buy/hold the stock any day.

    ConsHard work will not get you a promotion. Management cares bottom-line, stock price, Sales/marketing. Nothing wrong, except they don't want to hear anyone except the chosen few who again are periodically fired as their salaries/benefits rise.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company, limited opportunity

    Senior Scientist (Current Employee)
    Milwaukee, WI

    ProsExcellent staff and management, good work-life balance

    ConsSalary was incredibly low compared to industry standard

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company to work for, but not long ago was a great one.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Saint Louis, MO

    ProsGreat people. Decades of scientific knowledge and operations people who know how to make a better than average profit. Still a large number of long time employees who you can learn from to better your knowledge, but diminishing quickly.

    ConsIf you have a talented manager there are opportunities to move up and/or get diverse experience, but once you get one level above that the bench is empty. Management tends to run on crisis mode wasting incredible amounts of resources to manage costs and seems lost about how to grow the company in the future.

    Advice to Senior ManagementActions speak louder than words.

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

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    Excellent organization

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsVery healthy company with rich history, great products and a noble cause

    ConsA little laid back culture

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

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    There's no room to grow within the packaging department and there's even less chance to get out of it

    Packaging Technician (Current Employee)
    Saint Louis, MO

    ProsThe people (co-workers) make it an easier environment to deal with. There's characters that are very interesting, amusing, and down right funny & fun to be around.

    ConsStagnantcy, no room to grow, favoritism, sometimes racism, no opportunity to learn unless you're a personal "pick", no notices of inter company advancing again unless you're a personal "pick". Oh, and the raises are terrible!!

    Advice to Senior ManagementTraining for other opportunities would be a major plus if there wasn't a confinement to the department via supervisors and sometimes upper management as well. Better raises would also be a major MAJOR plus. Listening to the people that actually do the work instead of waiting until it's too late, then taking an idea that's already been mentioned and taking ownership for it.

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

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    Great Benefits!!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Sheboygan Falls, WI

    ProsGreat opportunities and amazing health insurance and other benefits.

    ConsNot enough communications throughout departments.

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

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    Potential growth but faltering

    Chemist II (Former Employee)
    Madison, WI

    ProsPay is ok, 401K is good, Many skills to be learned.

    ConsNo leadership, poor communication, incompetence.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn management skills, the kids rule the classroom.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Chemist II (Former Employee)
    Saint Louis, MO

    ProsGood company with many good benefits. Lots of people that have spent their entire career at the company. Most employees can work their hours and then not worry about work while they're at home.

    ConsPromotions are hard to get, sometimes people move out of departments just to get promoted. This promotion process can lead to dissatisfaction. Outside training is almost non-existent.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to start your career but not enough advance placement.

    Anonymous (Former Employee)
    The Woodlands, TX

    ProsThe benefits are amazing, tuition reimbursement, 401k, RSVP are all great. Working there with no experience is not a problem. Being a small site everyone knows everyone.

    ConsThe site I worked at we used a temp agency and I was a temp for a year.
    There is not a lot of growth or opportunity available.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't keep temps for a year with no benefits.

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

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