Sigma-Aldrich

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Sigma-Aldrich Reviews

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
178 Reviews
2.8
178 Reviews
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Sigma-Aldrich President, CEO, and Director Rakesh Sachdev
Rakesh Sachdev
82 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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  1.  

    Chemist II

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    Former Employee - Chemist II in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Chemist II in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    Promotions 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in The Woodlands, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous in The Woodlands, TX

    I worked at Sigma-Aldrich full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Don't keep temps for a year with no benefits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    OK, but no room for growth at the smaller sites.

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    Former Employee - Chemist I
    Former Employee - Chemist I

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

    Pros

    The site I worked at was small enough that I knew everyone. It was easy to go to a different dept. if you needed to ask about something from QC, shipping, receiving, etc. The site also was small enough that it was easy to know what was going on at the facility.

    Cons

    The downside of a small facility was that the was no room for growth at the site. There was a ceiling in what you could be trained in, or what you could work on. If you wanted to do more, or get promoted you had to apply for a job at a different site. A downside of the small site was that some people in managing positions were good friends with some of their subordinates and it was often perceived that those friends were treated with leniency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The communication from upper management was often lacking and it trickled down to the small site I worked at. We often didn't know what the future of our site was or how we fit into the seemingly always changing corporate vision.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Ok, but nothing to get excited about

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sigma-Aldrich

    Pros

    Relative stability in terms of finances and market performance

    Cons

    Inconsistent management, poor development of people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Senior Distribution

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    Former Employee - Senior Operator in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Senior Operator in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Sigma-Aldrich full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits, additional job opportunities

    Cons

    Central Distribution closing down in MO

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company do forward thinking research.

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    Current Employee - Market Analyst
    Current Employee - Market Analyst

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

    Pros

    Sigma is a very Stable company

    Cons

    Corprate structure is difficult to move through

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Quality Assurance Associate

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich

    Pros

    I have none at this time.

    Cons

    The managers and personel who work there are bullies. Not a good place to work at.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop bulling your employees.

  9.  

    Sigma-Aldrich, a mixed bag, depending on your goals

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to grow professionally as staffing is lean -- there isn't much training, you need to be comfortable figuring things out yourself.

    Cons

    Cost cutting via Global Shared Services (India). The company is extremely concerned about costs and tends to lag on software versions, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quality matters. Quality costs. Loss of quality isn't overnight but it is felt over time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good as a starting job, before moving on to something better.

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    Former Employee - Scientist
    Former Employee - Scientist

    I worked at Sigma-Aldrich full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Hands on experience with the day-to-day manufacturing operation of the company- placing an order for chemicals and equipment, writing the procedure, setting up the process, running the process, work-up, purification, submission to QC, bottling and final submission to Packaging Shipping department while following GDP, GLP, ISO, 5S methodologies ! So essentially a lab person knows the cradle-to-grave process of a product he/she manufactures.

    Cons

    No scope of upward growth, especially in smaller sites.
    Employees do not feel valued.
    Poor compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the bureaucracy, be more agile. Value people not numbers. Develop people, give them the tools and resources and then number will come automatically.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good place to get experience, then move on...

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Operator in Sheboygan Falls, WI
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Operator in Sheboygan Falls, WI

    I worked at Sigma-Aldrich full-time

    Pros

    Benefit package was decent. Insurance coverage was relatively inexpensive. The 401k had a decent match and defined contribution amount.

    Cons

    Pay could have been better considering the chemicals being handled and the large profit margin the company maintains. Difficult to take advantage of tuition reimbursement while working shiftwork. Lack of accountability and a large communication disconnect within shifts and departments. Don't really seem interested in trying to retain quality workers. Large turnover due to lower pay than competition.

    Disapproves of CEO

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