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Thermo Fisher Scientific Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
499 Reviews

2.8
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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 24 reviews)

  • Good benefits, employees who generally want to make a positive difference in the world (in 35 reviews)


Cons
  • Management has little regard for direct reports work-life balance (in 24 reviews)

  • When colleagues don't like you and are in with upper management you're screwed (in 27 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Welcome to the Dollar Store of Science

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Good rank and file coworkers.

    Cons

    Company behaves as if it's a small start up with zero cohesion across business units. Each division pretty much does it's own thing. There no real centralization of processes or policies. It's the most disjointed hot mess I've ever seen. In addition, in my entire working career I've never seen a science based company so totally unwilling to invest in infrastructure or R&D. The site I worked at I quickly found out they let a roof leak persist for 5 years so that when it would rain, staff would have to cover equipment and couldn't work in that lab space. 5 YEARS they let this happen before finally fixing the roof. The areas they call "labs" are also a joke. It's something you'd expect from a poorly funded academic lab, not a multi-national global company.

    They also overtax staff, they are fond of heaping 2-3 people's worth of responsibilities onto one person and only pay you really about 2/3 the salary of one of those jobs. After seeing behind the curtain, I'll never look at Thermo or Fisher products the same way again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to start investing in infrastructure and research if you want to innovate, attract and keep top talent. Stop acting like this company is a small start up. There needs to be consistent structure for a company of this size. This place was an utter joke and it doesn't take new employees long to figure how much of a joke this company is. I figured it out and got the hell out after just a few months as the issues here are just monumental and institutional. I feel sorry for any company acquired by Thermo Fisher.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Big company with big changes due to acquisitions and consolidations of operations

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist  in  Portsmouth, NH
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Portsmouth, NH

    Pros

    I am discussing Slide and Specialty Glass division in Portsmouth, NH. A lot of good science and good manufacturing. When the local company was left alone it provided a good training and growth opportunity through taking additional duties and challenges, including an effort on Practical Process Improvement which is similar to Six Sigma program. Compensation was good and in line with compensation of other companies in greater Boston region. I like a lot system of working 9 hours Monday through Thursday and working only four hours on Friday.

    Cons

    After acquisition by Thermo, the only things that seemed to matter were quarterly financial results. The precision system of people working together on average for over 20 years (and many for over 30 years!) was dismounted by bringing new General Manager first every two years and later every year. Each one wanted to bring his own people aboard and shuffled existing position which usually made no sense at all. After five years all the core personnel was gone and people who were newcomers brought just a year earlier were trying to teach newly hired, which of course wasn't effective. It seemed that all people with more experience (and a bit higher salary reflecting the experience) were systematically replaced by new ones which could be paid less due to their age, limited experience and current job market conditions.
    The company was a cash cow with big margins, dominating the saturated market of glass slides and similar products. Yet it was treated like many other divisions with growth potential and ordered to post big growth each year, which was completely unrealistic due to the shrinking of the market for such products.
    The financial pressure on all employees and continuous layoffs in sneaky ways of small numbers of people with no explanation to them or to the rest of workers created a horrible work environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Director level Sales and Marketing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Reach and resources are available if there is a great case for the opportunity. Business units can reach across to other business units in the same market for contacts and introductions.

    Cons

    They are heavy on finance, lots of analysis and reporting, to the point of an opportunity cost against pursuing new business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Challenge managers to get the job done without constant layoff and hiring. In the layoff in which I was included three of the seven jobs "eliminated" were reposted within 90 days. Two of these postings carried the exact title of "eliminated" positions. This practice will catch up to you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    I had better working experience elsewhere

    Former Employee - Scientist  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Scientist in Carlsbad, CA

    Pros

    It is just a job. At the end of 2 weeks you get paid.

    Cons

    There is no job satisfaction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is distant. Not supportive of the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Look for a better place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Decent Benefits and wonderful co-workers

    Cons

    Poor Morale among "worker bees"
    "Old Boys Club" mentality of management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand what the 4 I's really mean and start living them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Changes and more changes to come

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Leading company in the biotech space, good
    community relations volunteerism program

    Cons

    Poor transition of teams post-integration. Many employees are dropping like flies. The company needs to work on transparency and priorities for the year. Everyone is scattered everywhere and no one knows who is responsible for what.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please invest on retaining your top employees or else they'll get snatched up by other competitors. Let us have a say in opportunities to sustain engagement.

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

    The company is consistently evolving with new products and services for the laboratory industry

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Opportunities to work with cross functional teams in business units across the corporation to grow the portfolio of chemicals, consumables and instrument platforms.

    Cons

    Management is not always there to support you or understand the detailed responsibilities of workers' tasks on a day to day basis. This is important in order to understand and troubleshoot issues that we regularly face in projects. Limited career advancement and opportunities within the business unit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support your team members and understand their daily job functions and responsibilities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent place to work

    Former Employee - Level II Support  in  Hudson, NH
    Former Employee - Level II Support in Hudson, NH

    Pros

    Laid back environment, No not a corporate feel at my office, People got work done but had fun doing it. Every one was laid back but not to the point of not meeting deadlines

    Cons

    Ice cream truck only came on friday

    My company was an acquisition, Although I was only outsourced Lvl 2 support, I could feel some animosity towards upper off site management from lower employees

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    May be ok if you're used to large stuffy corporations. Otherwise, don't waste time.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

    Pros

    Good benefits. Many opportunities to transition between businesses given the size of the company

    Cons

    Corporate office extremely political
    Stuffy and uptight atmosphere with C-level leadership extremely cold and removed
    Scarce promotions, no culture for timely performance rewards and proper motivation, promotions are often given only if the employee puts an outside offer on the table, major disproportion in rewarding leadership for a team effort, performance evaluations are a joke and are always done after your bonus or raise for the next year is long determined
    Increasing focus on cutting costs vs. innovation and smart risk taking
    Common to meet individuals with some nasty values at very high positions in the company, which makes you wonder about the overall values of the company
    Out of dozens of division presidents, no woman and 90% white

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize that in order to be competitive in the long run, you need to change the culture within. Advertising an open culture can create a prettier image for the company, but word of mouth will always be more powerful.

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

    A job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    pretty good benefits
    easy job
    overtime available if you want it

    Cons

    sometimes mandatory overtime, not a whole lot of opportunity to advance, small yearly raises

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