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Thermo Fisher Scientific Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated Jun 25, 2014
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2.3 16 reviews

88% Approve of the CEO

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

Marc N. Casper

(5 ratings)

42% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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

    Senior Financial Analyst (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsLots in innovation, cool products

    ConsWork 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.

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

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    Unix Systems Administrator (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsWas 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not worth it

    Technician (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsNo 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.

    ConsManagement 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 Senior ManagementFavoritism is a huge issue within this company, especially this department.

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

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

    Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsFlexible Schedule. Good work/life balance.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Complete Chaos

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsFirst, 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.

    Cons1. 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 Senior Management1. 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    IT Manager (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsThermo 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.

    ConsThis 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 Senior ManagementRetain 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.

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

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    Has been a pleasure to work there

    Commodity Specialist (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsGood benefits, flexible working hours, good products being manufactured

    Consthere are none that are obvious

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Large Company, Good Product Line

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsBig known company that is continues to grow.Flexible work schedule, understanding if have appts. Annual bonus is nice. Good selection of coffee/teas.

    ConsThermo needs to get rid of dead weight. Pay is below average. You can have 2 roles with additional responsibilties and yet still get under paid. You don't get paid for what you are worth. Currently, still alot of changes in the company including reorg and integration.

    Advice to Senior Management-Have better pay for the underdogs who actually does alot for the company.
    -Get rid of management who waste company resources, don't know how to manage employees, and can't mentor.
    -Show employee recognition...more company wide lunch events and have annual company chistmas party (more social events) or even giftcards can be nice or movie tickets to motivate employees!

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

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