Thermo Fisher Scientific

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Thermo Fisher Scientific Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
563 Reviews
3.0
563 Reviews
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Thermo Fisher Scientific President, CEO, and Director Marc N. Casper
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Review Highlights

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. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great company but some things have changed as the company has grown

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Supervisor in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very high employee loyalty. It is not unusual for employees to stay on throughout their careers.
    As company as grown through acquisitions many more positions are available for employees with an R&D focus and science backgrounds. Thermo Fisher Has two main focuses, manufacturing of a wide variety of science and technology related products, and a very large international distribution company selling it's own as well as others products.
    International company with lots of opportunity for growth and travel providing you have the experience and training to take on roles of that type.
    For those who have a scientific bent this is a good company to work for, since it is closely allied with science, technology and healthcare internationally.
    Benefits and salaries are in line and probably a little better than is the case in the marketplace. Bonuses and stock options at the management level.

    Cons

    As the company has grown, and especially since the merger between Fisher Scientific and Thermo Electron, the culture has become very bottom line focused. The old school, close knit family environment still exists but has been supplanted by the needs of a Fortune 500 environment. Staff level employees are well treated, but the higher you get in management the greater the pressure and, despite the stated goal of the company, the less work life balance. However this is by no means unique for a company of this size.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While Thermo Fisher has performed very well and it's stock price has grown consistently, the work life balance of many employees, especially in the management ranks, has suffered due to work load and concentration on the bottom line. Since younger workers have been raised on a culture emphasizing work life balance this could be detrimental to talent acquisition.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Loved This Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Lafayette, CO
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Lafayette, CO

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific

    Pros

    They work with the employee to advance them in their professional goals. Time off is competitive and the employee satisfaction is fantastic.

    Cons

    Seems like since they have aligned with Life Tech, the culture has taken on more of their aspects than the traditional Thermo Scientific business culture. Don't fix what isn't broken - great company - if it is Thermo.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Too much bureaucracy

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Tewksbury, MA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Tewksbury, MA

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific

    Pros

    Many opportunities to advance internally

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy. The people that get far in the company are not necessarily the best at what they do. Rather, they suck up to upper management.

    VERY high turnover rate. I think it is because bonuses were significantly decreased and corporate management seems to not really care about its people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should go to the production floor more often to understand what actually goes into making the product.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Strong company! The North Austin Location is like family and I love working here.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great pay, friendly people, and everyone is very into their work.

    Cons

    Slow to bring on for benefits, seems some departments do better than others but climate is changing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more engaged at the line employee level. Managers are great but this is always a critical disconnect it seems.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    The people were fantastic and I was given great opportunities to be involved in many types of projects.

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    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Logan, UT
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Logan, UT

    I worked at Thermo Fisher Scientific as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fantastic people. Leadership was handling big changes very well. Great pay. Many opportunities to work on projects that fit my interests and experience. Fast paced environment.

    Cons

    The office was terribly understaffed while I was there; it was right after the divestiture with GE (they took the majority of the employees from this location) so everyone was incredibly stressed out trying to get everything done. They were hiring on more people when I left, though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This location just needs more employees in the office to help get everything done, but I know that's already a work in progress. Everything I saw was positive in the way of taking care of employees and making positive changes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Typical big company advantages and disadvantages

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

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific

    Pros

    Great breadth of products and talented product development team

    Cons

    minimal synergy across divisions and business units

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

    Worst company ever

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Thermo Fisher Scientific

    Pros

    None bad compsny to work for nothing positive

    Cons

    If someone does not like you , you are screwed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't work there

  9.  

    Blame Goes to the Low Man on the Totem Pole

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    Former Employee - Assistant in Lafayette, CO
    Former Employee - Assistant in Lafayette, CO

    I worked at Thermo Fisher Scientific

    Pros

    Interesting, large company, international exposure, friendly people in the office, room to gain experience, good swag, Keurig Machine in kitchen

    Cons

    Tiny office, no room to influence change, incompetent management, no interest in hiring new people on with merger with Life (even though the company needs it), office location

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read your emails and do your job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    No chance to promote oneself

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Fairport, NY
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Fairport, NY

    I worked at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits were a good deal more secure than other companies, The environment while working there was educational, and many of the set up people were willing to answer questions and other workers were willing to give tips on how to work more efficiently.

    Cons

    Their HR personnel, and some of the Supervisors were more interested in their pay than in what they're employees were requesting. Many of the guidelines such as being fired was never completely explained, and the companies primary concern were themselves and not their employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Interact with the employees more and listen to what they have to say. Give more perks when employees are required to work mandatory weekends. Offer more promotions not only to the veterans but also to the newly hired.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good company.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Many opportuntities if your prepared to work hard.

    Cons

    Very bottom-line focused. High productivity and savings expectations.

    Approves of CEO

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