Thermo Fisher Scientific Reviews

Updated April 27, 2015
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Thermo Fisher Scientific President, CEO, and Director Marc N. Casper
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Pros
  • Opportunities to work remotely offer flexibility for work-life balance (in 29 reviews)

  • Good benefits, employees who generally want to make a positive difference in the world (in 36 reviews)

Cons
  • Management has little regard for direct reports work-life balance (in 32 reviews)

  • When colleagues don't like you and are in with upper management you're screwed (in 29 reviews)

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  1. Accountant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours, excellent guidance from management, ability to make mistakes without fear of retribution. the environment was conducive to learning and advancement

    Cons

    i can not currently think of any to share. my experience was positive.

  2. Senior Site Specialist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Place to work. Good Benefits

    Cons

    career advancement is limited unless you are able to relocate

  3. Nice place to work at

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    Current Employee - Manager in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart and hardworking people. Not as bureaucratic as you would expect from a company this size.

    Cons

    Career advancement is hard. It is a common perception that the company does not invest as much as employees would like in care advancement training.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in employees

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good Intentions but throttled by cost savings

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Sales Manager

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Good technology and respect in the industry

    Cons

    So focused on cost savings that it is counterproductive to employees. This results in turnover of skilled positions and frustration by employees

    Advice to Management

    Balance. Not all decisions should be focused on cost constraints associated with employee morale. By keeping employees engaged and a feeling that the company cares for you, you will save a tremendous amount of funds that are spent on employee turnover

  6. Supply Center Specialist

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific

    Pros

    This is the best position to have in college.

    Cons

    More hours are hard to come by.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Consumable Sales Representastive

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    Current Employee - Consumable Sales Representative in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Consumable Sales Representative in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    lots of opportunity for growth within company
    brilliant colleagues
    great internal support for sales team

    Cons

    company is going through a merger and internally there is a lot of confusion
    organizational structure is confusing
    poor management in boston - not reflective of whole company

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers who have experience doing the job.

  8. transportation analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific

    Pros

    benefits
    culture
    cafeteria
    gym
    work from home

    Cons

    political
    old technology
    stock options aren't the best
    not 100% tuition reimbursement
    can be stressful

  9. Helpful (3)

    Finance Proffessional

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Extremely knowledgeable finance team (breadth and depth of experience) and a good personable atmosphere in most departments. Company encourages finance personnel to hold many lateral positions to understand the business and to help analysts gain experience. Extremely beneficial for young analysts to gain experience if they can get an early start at the company. The finance teams for this company is extremely stable, but part of this stability is due to not expanding the finance teams with the demands of the business. An employee will not be bored at this company as there is an overabundance of work and some tasks can be chosen. The company is really trying to push leadership in everything and I believe that a change to leading could be achieved, but still needs more nurturing.

    Cons

    Not a lot of professional horizontal growth, feedback and training. Company preaches leadership, but expects more of a continual 50-60 hour work week and wants employees to hold additional leadership positions outside of their current job responsibilities. Promotions appear to be based on longevity with the company instead of leadership, knowledge and experience. They say they're a family friendly and flexible company but there are quite a few departments that do not allow for flexible work schedules and working with Director and Vice President levels of management usually require meetings before and after normal working hours which impede on a work-life balance. Little to no bonuses for finance staff unless they are in corporate positions (not all business division have similar compensation packages). Annual increases only average 2% unless you move positions every year or two and renegotiate a compensation or band level increase. Moving positions is highly encouraged but has greatly strained many operational and support relationships due to retraining the finance staff. Heavy emphasis for finance team to program new reporting without the support of an IT team which results in a lot of different business systems that do not always translate or parallel report well across the business. Extremely conservative management team that has a very hard time managing change when it comes to excessive information requests or evaluating new ideas, business models and new technology improvements.

    Advice to Management

    You have a great company that could continue to improve, but in order to do that you need to help your employees while supporting the business. Lead them to a positive environment and towards their goals with advice, direction and training. You preach leadership all the time. Developing leaders needs some management interaction, you can't just tell your employees to develop themselves or great personnel could very well take a wrong focus that is misaligned and leads to frustration with not meeting their career goals and eventually leaving the company. You hire great people with talent only to lose them because they are frustrated with a career they are not being helped with and compensation and titles that are not adequately representative of their position. Please address some of the non-standard requests and revisions that are not needed and frustrate your employees. Learn better negotiation techniques with the supported business partners and/or customers to help focus employees on the best path for them as well as the business. Have more company sponsored team building interactions that build positive relationships and memories so that your employees recommend the company environment. Treat your employees on par with some of the new grad/leadership development programs. Some finance personnel have not met the management team above their Directors but the new grads get to meet and present information to senior leadership on a regular basis.

  10. Sales

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Total compensation is fair to include insurance and paid time off. Well established and solid company that is constantly looking forward for growth and improvements.

    Cons

    Limited individual growth potential within the company if you aren't willing to relocate. Too heavy on 'middle' management, plenty of individuals to direct the work effort, shortage of those actually implementing.

    Advice to Management

    Allow room for individuals to grow as well as take on additional responsibilities. Support the initiative and acknowledge the work of personnel.

  11. Inside Sales Representative

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility, Great benefits, Corporate values

    Cons

    Hard to move internally unless you know someone, Low salary

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