Sigma-Aldrich

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Sigma-Aldrich Reviews

Updated November 11, 2014
Updated November 11, 2014
176 Reviews
2.8
176 Reviews
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Sigma-Aldrich President, CEO, and Director Rakesh Sachdev
Rakesh Sachdev
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is pretty much what you want to make it (in 13 reviews)

  • Great people doing the best with limited resources (in 13 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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  1.  

    Great company with many opportunities

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    Current Employee - Chemist I in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Chemist I in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It is a fairly laid back environment depending on what group you work for, and the overall atmosphere of the company is positive.

    Cons

    Sometimes communication between areas is a little unorganized, and there is a lot of equipment that needs to be fixed but you will find that in any large company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    SA Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Working at Sigma-Aldrich has given the opportunity to not only enhance technical abilities, but to lead. I’ve learned how to work with global teams and processes that have allowed me to develop a well-rounded view of our global market place. My initial position at Sigma-Aldrich was limited and now I have the ability to manage projects and staff resources. This has allowed me to truly explore my full potential.

    Cons

    Long hours and hard projects - Sigma-Aldrich gives you the opportunity to learn about every position within the company. They encourage you to work with cross-functional teams and learn as much as you can about your various areas of interest. Sigma-Aldrich gives the opportunity to excel in many different fields. Knowing that the work you performed on a project helps a customer enhance their manufacturing process thereby allowing them to produce their active pharmaceutical ingredients more robustly is very satisfying.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow revenue.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Quality Dept: great co-workers, as well as decent benefits; overall a great company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Chemist I in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Chemist I in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Freedom to manage your assignments. They are involved with great philanthropy within the area. Involved with innovation technology within the pharmaceutical industry.

    Cons

    Although everyday may be different, the tasks can be repetitive. Often I am overwhelmed with deadlines and projects that I may involved in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go away with process improvement as a way for promotion.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    I started in Customer Serice and moved through 6 positions in over 10 years.

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Sigma-Aldrich full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay rate comparable to other companies in this industy.

    Cons

    Sigma-Aldrich is moving many of it's departments to India. This is a company that once prided itself on no lay offs, but is now providing separation packages to most of their headquarters in St Louis, MO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Every department has their own interpretation of the rules. The "One Company" environment is not promoted and adhered to as advertised.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to start a career, horrible place to move up in your career

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    Former Employee - R&D Scientist
    Former Employee - R&D Scientist

    I worked at Sigma-Aldrich full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance
    Great coworkers
    Stable job

    Cons

    At lower level positions, good chance of moving up (though longer than typical biotech). At higher level positions, nearly impossible.
    No bonus (except for management). During the 2008-09 recession, people were fortunate to keep their jobs. However, within one week, company said no one would get raises while hypocritically talking about how company achieved record $2 billion sales. Also seemed to fine money during that time for $250k+ enhancement to the building and bonuses for management.
    Raises outpaced or matched by inflation for ~6 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set up a structured mechanism for people to achieve promotions. It is so arbitrarily decided (governed more by favoritism than merit).
    Take 10 minutes of your week and step in a lab to better understand how hard employees work. You have time to go spend $100's on a dinner with a customer but can't spare a few minutes to get to know your own employees.
    If more than half of a group has gone to HR about a specific manager, fire that person or accept that your employees will never take you seriously.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Interesting experience

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    Former Employee - Procurement Agent in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Procurement Agent in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Sigma-Aldrich full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits package. Offered both a pension and 401(k) at the time. Pay was decent and some of the work material was quite interesting

    Cons

    The organization was very clique-y, those who didn't tow the part line didn't have a good experience. To meet goals, certain departments were given objectives that directly conflicted with each other. They tended to act like they owned their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect the work life balance of your employees. Give departments a common goal and encourage them to work together to meet them, rather than pitting departments against each other. Eliminate redundant products and trust your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    The day to day relationships with people are fantastic. The end markets improve human life & that makes the job great.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Reasonable work hours and trusting supervisors make the work environment a treat every day.

    Cons

    The HR department is a train wreck. From hiring, to part-time, and on boarding, there is very little transparency or process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix your HR department, people should get a better feeling for this great company than what they are being provided on day one.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Place to Work, really good management below the C-Level

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    Former Employee - Director in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Director in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Sigma-Aldrich full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Director and VP Level Management. Great Work Life Balance

    Cons

    C-Level Leadership lacks experience in the field of Life Science. Pay is low for St. Louis

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Have enjoyed working here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Benefits are better than most

    Cons

    No cost of living raises

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good benefits and work-life balance, hard to advance

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    The work is interesting and challenging, definitely not boring. Great experience in the lab. Very useful in acquiring skills to find a job at another company. Great variety in chemistry. Flexible hours a plus. Work-life balance is pretty much what you want to make it. Stable company.

    Cons

    It's very hard to get a promotion unless you are willing to relocate to another site. Even then, it is difficult. Compensation is often under the average for scientists in certain geographic areas. Constant mandates from corporate HQ to develop new policies and procedures, without adequate support to do it. Very hard to hire new people, so employees must work harder to reach goals. Many job functions moving to India, without care as to whether the functions are done well. It's all about cost-cutting. Company does little to support scientific staff. Tries to do too much as cheaply as possible, rather than paying for expertise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enabling scientists to improve the quality of life also means enabling your own scientists. We are a microcosm of your customers. Our needs are their needs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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