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Sigma-Aldrich Reviews

Updated February 21, 2015
Updated February 21, 2015
182 Reviews
2.8
182 Reviews
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Sigma-Aldrich President, CEO, and Director Rakesh Sachdev
Rakesh Sachdev
83 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to start a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Market Segment Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Market Segment Manager in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich

    Pros

    Room to grow both professionally and personally.

    Cons

    There are no issues to discuss.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good solid company but future remains unknown due to buyout.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich

    Pros

    Solid life science company. Great products Good reputation.

    Cons

    Due to buyout, most staff on pins and needles due to little information about future employment

  3.  

    Decent place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich

    Pros

    Decent benefits, compensation is competitive for the area

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for advancement.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Friendly environment but hard to advance.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich

    Pros

    People are good to work with, good place to get experience under you belt.

    Cons

    Very limited opportunity for advancement unless you are on someone's "list". Pay rate is somewhat low.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    lacks respect for lower tier workers, prod, maint, ship/rec, mid mngmt

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hourly Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Hourly Employee in Cleveland, OH

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

    Pros

    dedicated people who realize how important the jobs they do are.

    Cons

    when new hires make 5-9 dollars an hour more than 5-25 year employees, it shows just what a corporation honestly thinks of thier workforce. especially when you ask an employee with 9 yrs experience to train a new hire who makes 9 dollars an hour more. getting very depressing working in this enviroment. when brought up to mngmnt, answer was "not a subject they will talk about"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop treating the workforce as if they are furniture, you must realize that with respect and consideration, only then will you get the true potential out of any workforce.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Great company with many opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a 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
  8.  

    SA Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    Sales

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Sales
    Former Employee - Field Sales

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

    Pros

    Great quality sales staff
    Well regarded products

    Cons

    horrible and mean management
    constant changes- no patience to see if new tactics work before changes made
    no recognition of importance and hard work of sales force
    customer is not a top priority
    CEO knows nothing about science- thinks he can run company like his auto company- obviously made tons of money for himself while cutting pay for lower level employees to get company ready to sell

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of them, Merck

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a 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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