Thermo Fisher Scientific
2.8 of 5 482 reviews
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Thermo Fisher Scientific Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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2.8 482 reviews

                             

59% Approve of the CEO

Thermo Fisher Scientific President, CEO, and Director Marc N. Casper

Marc N. Casper

(231 ratings)

45% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Opportunities to work remotely offer flexibility for work-life balance"
    in 22 reviews
  • "Good benefits and starting salary, chance to rise up the corporate lader"
    in 33 reviews
Cons:
  • "Poor opportunities for advancement, work/life balance is bad"
    in 19 reviews
  • "Upper management does not always understand the roles of reps in the field"
    in 22 reviews
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    Corporate life at ThermoFisher Scientific

    Lead Business Analyst (Current Employee)
    Pittsburgh, PA

    ProsThe largest benefits from working at TMO include the benefits, resources, training support, location, lattice / ladders of growth opportunities, time off, equipment, culture. The people and associates are also very nice - never worked with such a talented group.

    ConsWork life balance is not their strength - especially in more corporate settings. Long days (10-12hours) are the norm, and weekends will get book often. Within IT specifically, its can depend on leadership and a balancing act.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpper management needs to support more round tables and skip level meetings; communication often gets distorted and real root cause of issues are lost when solely depending on middle management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Collection of City States

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsI good company. There are many employees with long tenure and they drive PPI through all businesses not just operations. Very financially savvy and link strategic ideals to long term financial viability. A great place for "Big D", development oriented, scientists. Opportunities to find different cultures amongst the differently managed businesses

    ConsThere can be some inconsistency and lack of coordination amongst the businesses. There are plenty of opportunities to build value if these silos can be navigated. Also most of Thermo Fisher is a value business and not high growth. For the scientists that are "Big R" there are difficulties in aligning with the "grind it out" culture. There are plenty of opportunities for innovation, they just come in different forms.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement is already working through ways to apply an investment portfolio approach to the businesses that will allow for the integration and funding of new technologies as well as supporting existing value businesses. This is difficult territory especially with the VERY different culture of the new LSG. Care and intensive cultural reviews should accompany the strategic review processes going forward.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It was a company to retire with but reputation is changing, for the worse.

    Field Service Engineer (Current Employee)
    Raleigh, NC

    Prosgreat paycheck,
    mostly a good colleagues to work among

    ConsManagement has little regard for direct reports work-life balance.
    You can never say "NO" even if your health, family & life is being adversely affected; It will cost you your career.

    Advice to Senior Managementimprove overall work-life balance by vacation carry-over
    Service contracts for Aria have no typical consumables exclusions; Burlington, NC R&D management customers are severely taking advantage of this and ruin service contract profit margin. Thermo management is knowing allowing this abuse. They with Thermo Management are also vilifying any FSE that supports them, so... New or any FSE BEWARE !!!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Big name company with

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThermo Fisher is a big company with OK benefits. The work-life balance is very good. Hard work and dedication is recognized.

    ConsThe site has a flat structure, which means there is limited promotion opportunities. Timelines are often compressed which results in stressful environment, especially when plans keep changing.

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    Marketing Manager (Former Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsI had a really nice manager and really wonderful colleagues

    Consmanagement was all the way in Vantaa so it was a bit off hours

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep up the good work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Lots of Opportunities

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGet to work for a company that is involved in a lot of research and products that improve the health and safety of everyone. Lots of opportunities.

    ConsUpper management seems to have an average life cycle of about 3 years before moving into a new role which unsettles a pretty tenured organization.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Disappointed in what could have been a really good job

    Accounts Receivable Specialist (Former Employee)
    Franklin, MA

    ProsPosition looked great on paper, investment was very good. Company matched 6%. Health insurance was pretty good. HR Dept was pretty good. Cafeteria was good Location to home was good

    ConsManagement was sporadic, training was sporadic, Work life balance was less than lip service. The Finance Department had a rotating door...that should say something. I had to do my supervisor's job when he was my equal and then he got a promotion and I continued to do his former job so that he could learn his new one.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf there is truly going to be a work life balance, please be sure to focus on the employees lives regardless of the department. The finance department was not included in the time off opportunities that the maufacturing dept. or the c.s was.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great products and plenty of opportunities for growth.

    Manager (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsA transnational company that mandates a standardized process improvement training to promote understanding and communication among colleagues. This is extremely critical for a company that grows by merger and acquisitions.

    ConsCompany adopts LEAN management like most companies. Consequently, projects are behind because of inadequate resources and unrealistic milestones.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIn order to maintain the industry leadership position in scientific instrument, Supply Chain should focus on quality not costs.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Decent place to work

    Senior Financial Analyst (Current Employee)
    Fremont, CA

    ProsBig corporation stability
    Good benefit package
    A lot of growth opportunities for those who are willing to relocate
    New building

    ConsVery low annual merit increase
    Limited opportunity for growth for those who are not willing to relocate
    Ridiculous annual goal from head quarter = low bonus payout

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove information technology to enable rightsizing
    Offer more annual raise and benefit (free lunch and snack would be nice...) for high performer

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good department, not great for a long-term commitment to the company overall.

    Supply Chain Buyer (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsThe people at this company are mostly really friendly, and the on-site cafeteria is delicious. Compensation is decent when you are hourly, unsure about full-time salaried positions.

    ConsIt is not a great work-life balance. They expect many more hours out of you than you can reasonably put in and they will not hire more people for the department. There is little communication from upper management, except when it is time for performance reviews, and then their expectations are unreasonable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire more people for the job, treat them fairly, and then you might keep more of them. The reason people keep quitting is there is nothing to stay for.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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