Sigma-Aldrich

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Sigma-Aldrich Reviews

Updated January 15, 2015
Updated January 15, 2015
179 Reviews
2.9
179 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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Things have changed and the changes they put in place make it worse.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Knowledgeable Colleagues
    Well respected company
    Good tools available if you know how to use them

    Cons

    No training
    No Support
    Smoke and Mirrors leadership
    Very Poor Work Life Balance
    Progression is something not possible at corp level.
    Your best is never good enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk with the little people about improvements while you can, before you cut their jobs and send it off to India. You treat people horribly. Fail an employee survey, and then conduct a new survey with questions pointed towards positive outcomes no matter what. You as a company have lost who you are. Jai was so proud to have never had a layoff. As soon as his legacy wore off, Rakesh started cutting people left and right.

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

    Well known company with many talented employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Big corporation, still committed to its mission

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of opportunities to get experience in any facet of the business you would like exposure to. There are lots of bright, engaging people who work here.

    Cons

    With the size of the company comes the lack of communication across any global company of similar size. Many projects are slow moving because of the risk aversion of the company. It's unfortunate, but it is understandable so as long as your expectations aren't of a fast-moving entrepreneurial workplace, then it will be less frustrating.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    College grad temps, think twice..

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Packaging Operator in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Packaging Operator in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    -Steady work, OT usually available (sometimes mandatory, which could be a pro or con depending on the person)
    -Safe work environment in packaging
    -Very focused on process accuracy and process improvement
    -Organized and efficient department for the most part
    -Kelly Scientific Temp Service a good way to get experience working for a large corporation right out of college
    -Supervisors recognize the temps that are eager to prove themself and advance
    -Successful company, will continue to be
    -The opportunity for advancement is definitely talked about, but always seems to be postponed or down the road
    -Some of the people working there were unbelievably kind and supportive, but trust me, it took months of silence and avoiding me for them to warm up
    -Temps get paid every friday

    Cons

    -So unbelievably boring/tedious
    -The music in the packaging department runs off of a cheap satellite radio station that plays the same 100 or so songs, over, and over, and over, and over every single day, week after week.
    -Hard to get to know anybody/network, because you are stuck in a room 8 hours a day weighing chemicals
    -So much gossip, I always told people I felt like I worked in a high school girls bathroom
    -Company almost always in a "hiring freeze" or finding reasons/issues/excuses related to budget as to why you are not getting hired on or promoted
    -Nothing happens fast
    -Temps get no benefits, no PTO, no retirement, just a better than min. wage job to attract the college grads
    -Very obvious division between temps and contract employees
    -Supervisors are extremely two-faced, unreliable, and very unprofessional
    -Advancement pretty much based on how many years you have put in or who you know
    -Everyone, managers, temps, busniness people, scientists, the entire company.. every single person looks absolutely miserable all the time
    -They seek out college grads with scientific degrees, to weigh substances that usually are nothing more than a bottle with a bar code
    -My supervisor literally counted down the minutes to his retirement, what a great motivator for a guy fresh out of college trying to find a career path..
    -Constant threat of department shifting, never once felt secure in my position
    -The only skill you will develop from this job will be how to weigh exact amounts of thousands of different kinds of chemicals/compounds, that's it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Learn how to communicate with each other, your employees, and your superiors.
    -Stop making promises you can't keep
    -For some of the way higher ups: for the love of God, retire already
    -When you have an employee in your office, keep it professional and leave your personal problems to yourself

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Sigma-Aldrich full-time

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    If 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 ManagementAdvice

    Actions speak louder than words.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company, limited opportunity

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    Excellent staff and management, good work-life balance

    Cons

    Salary was incredibly low compared to industry standard

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent organization

    • 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

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

    Cons

    A little laid back culture

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Promotion does not require job skill

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

    I worked at Sigma-Aldrich

    Pros

    Job 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.

    Cons

    Hard 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

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

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

    I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Stagnantcy, 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 ManagementAdvice

    Training 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Benefits!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sheboygan Falls, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sheboygan Falls, WI

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities and amazing health insurance and other benefits.

    Cons

    Not enough communications throughout departments.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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