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Thermo Fisher Scientific Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated September 5, 2014
Updated September 5, 2014
546 Reviews
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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.  

    Great products and plenty of opportunities for growth.

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    Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    A 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Thermo Fisher Scientific Response

    Aug 19, 2014

    As a large company, we understand the importance of what employees think about their workplace. So thank you for your review.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unacceptable

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Products are well liked in the industry. A lot of potential moving forward.

    Cons

    Management is immature and lacks leadership skills you would expect. Quality system is ineffective and is not embraced by management. Culture is non-collaborative and activities take too long to accomplish. If you are a young, progressive and intelligent manager or individual contributor, you will be taking a step backwards at the SJ location.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your direct reports, respect their opinion embrace their contributions. Hire first class managers who know how to manage. Get rid of the Neanderthals especially in Design, Manufacturing, and RA/QA.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awful and mafia style managment

    Current Employee - Chemical Technician in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Chemical Technician in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    the parking is free is about all

    Cons

    work u to death without a care if you wanna die for a buck, 15 dollars for 15 years of service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    go back to school

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Buyer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Buyer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    It 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 ManagementAdvice

    Hire 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good company overall, but can be stuck working in a silo.

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots in innovation, cool products

    Cons

    Work in a silo. People are nice once you get to know them, but normally people don't branch out. Sometimes don't find out about other related projects until way too late.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Acquisition review

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    Former Employee - Unix Systems Administrator in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Unix Systems Administrator in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Was acquired by thermo and they took care of folks who they spun out. They placed you with the closest team that was like your current position.

    Cons

    Management team did not work well for remote team members and was extremely slow for change/improvements.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not worth it

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    Current Employee - Technician in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Technician in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    No one really gives you a hard time when you call in sick. PTO is generally approved quickly. Roughly 90% of fellow employees are easy to get along with.

    Cons

    Management expects you to always work all overtime hours all of the time. Overtime is as much as 18 hours a week, if you work for it all. If you do not work overtime, you are constantly berated until you do. Raises are very small (1%). The amount of work that is required is not worth what is paid. Not much emphasis is placed on safety training. Work is very repetitive and "factory" like.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Favoritism is a huge issue within this company, especially this department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Decent company, decent pay, great flexibility, but overall lacking in advancement opportunities and lackluster employees

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Poor management. Low salary. No avenues for advancement. Senior management knows little about technical challenges.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Complete Chaos

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    First, bear in mind that what I say here only pertains to software development. Hardware, consumables, sales, etc are all entirely different animals. Also, the culture and environment within software varies radically from one site to another even within the same functional group.

    That said, there is real job stability. The company makes money in spite of itself and it's nearly impossible to get fired. Work/life balance is not an issue. Most people barely work 40 hours a week.

    Cons

    1. The pay is relatively weak for the bay area.
    2. The technology is very outdated.
    3. The organization is completely dysfunctional. Each software group (and there are many) is an island and they often go to war with each other.
    4. There is no technical career progression path. It's just senior software engineer/architect -> manager, as if that makes any sense.
    5. The management has no idea how to ship software. They keep making more and more process thinking that eventually if they add enough of it, they'll ship something. Spoiler alert: That doesn't work.
    6. There are certain people who have been around since the dawn of time guarding the core code which prevents any real innovation being made. If you suggest anything new to them, they immediately dismiss it and claim that you don't understand the intricacies of reading and writing a flat file (that's seriously the tough challenge over here) when it's really they who are extremely slow on the uptake.
    7. It doesn't matter how smart you are; the system here will crush any spirit of innovation you may have. You won't be able to overcome all the process and procedural hurdles necessary to implement any real new ideas.

    Really, San Jose is the worst place to be in Thermo software. It's a different story in the Informatics group in Pennsylvania and even in the Austin team, which is part of the same group as San Jose.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. As far as LSMS software goes, make Austin the central hub and direct everything from there. They're the only ones who really have a culture of delivery that could scale beyond their own walls.
    2. Revamp the whole organization. CMD needs a software CTO/VP/Whatever to pull everything together. There should be a logical chain of pure technical positions trickling down from that role for the high talent people to aspire to.

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

    We've had a number of challenges since being acquired by Thermo, but I've learned so much about integration.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - IT Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Thermo Fisher is a large global company, as such I often work with colleagues in other countries and as a small contributor to a large global change.

    Cons

    This is a large company that is moving fast, but not always finishing projects cleanly before moving on to the next. This results in regular, frustrating, rework.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain more top talent by giving meaningful projects to help employees further professional goals and do not enforce a policy that forces Managers to always rate a percent of employees as not meeting needs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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