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AbbVie Reviews

Updated June 21, 2017
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  • Work-life balance is kinda limited (in 64 reviews)

  • No work life and balance unless you are working in the office, you will be stuck here on weekends when its needed which can be alot sometimes (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (7)

    "Excellent place to work... cultural progress is working!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AbbVie full-time

    Pros

    Excellent CEO with a clear vision for success; strong compensation packages; great progress toward the culture the company envisions

    Cons

    Be ready to work hard! Have made great strides to provide the opportunity for work/life balance but it's a lean company. IT systems can be frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Live the vision of the CEO - be ONE company and demonstrate this by example.

    AbbVie Response

    Oct 3, 2016 – Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition

    It’s great to hear you’re seeing changes in our culture. We’re working hard on it since it’s key to our success as a biopharma company. Thanks for the feedback and support.


  2. Helpful (9)

    "The green is greener outside of Abbvie"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Abbott Park, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Abbott Park, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AbbVie full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, annual profit share, perfect place to slack off (if you've been employed long enough), okay salaries (on the cheap side)

    Cons

    - Type A personalities not appreciated. Preference goes to low risk employees (w/ kids, debt, no ambition)
    - You will find managers/directors with an associate bachelor degree managing people with top MBAs!
    - CEO is a high schooler. I want to know which high school he attended so I point it out to Bloomberg to include in their MBA rankings.
    - It is who you know ... friends are hiring friends.
    - Firm is lacking integrity; currently under Corporate Integrity Agreement with the Federal Government for off labeling marketing of Depakote (= reason for the split from Abbott)
    - Disorganized company still trying to separate from the mother ship (Abbott). Cultural survey pointed out lack of work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    - Get an educated CEO.
    - Maintain or increase the stock price until I cash out (that is, before Gilead launches its hepatitis C drug ahead of ABBV).

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Let Them Eat Cake"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Waukegan, IL
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Waukegan, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AbbVie full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    * Good Salary / Benefits
    * Flexible schedules with right manager

    Cons

    * Advancement for the suck ups and politico
    * Company is not sure what it is (bio pharma or Mad Men)
    * Inconsistant and bad leadership
    * Punish mistakes harshly, punish the messengers

    Advice to Management

    Walk the Talk!
    Live in reality and stop the politics
    Stop hiring consultants that just blow smoke and tell you what you want to hear.


  4. Helpful (12)

    "Overrated, due to lots of PR, in actuality a poor place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Other in North Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Other in North Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AbbVie full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Food on the table? Nice air-conditioning when it is hot out. Heated offices in winter. If you like lots of junk food, it is an endless banquet fit for Duck Dynasty, but you have to eat at your desk while working.

    Cons

    Ethic issues? Let's start with the CEO whose resume showed degrees that didn't exist, yet still retains the position. His deception was blamed on an administrator. That is the culture in a nutshell. Upper level tries to take no responsibility and lower levels will be held accountable for everything, while being disrespected and paid a pittance. Appeared to me that the place is mad for minutia. Yes, there is complete micro-management over nothing whatsoever in a punitive atmosphere, somewhat like a penal colony. Peer pressure rules here and if you have a dissenting opinion on anything, watch out, you'd best keep it to yourself and nod your head to survive. There is hazing that goes on for years, because if you have been working for Abbott/AbbVie for less than 5 years, you are a newbie. Oh, btw, this special micromanagement treatment appeared only to be for the newbies, no one seemed to have a clue as to what the old dinosaurs were doing, taking long lunches, "working from home," palming off difficult time consuming work to any newbie they could bully, etcetera. Metrics up the kazootie. A panel of 20 needed to make a simple decision which I believe they thought made the company appear to be empowering, when really only one, or at most two, higher up opinions would ever be heard. Emperors new Clothes culture. Company has a big name. The metrics, like the reputation, appear to be all smoke and mirrors. Pay is not very good. I think it is because the company is so well known that more people apply there so the management can get away with paying diddly. Best look around and take money over overrated reputation. Complete disregard for the environment. Of course all this is all my opinion. Read the rest of the reviews and make your decision.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to manage. Lose the caste system. Address important issues and don't pretend problems don't exist. Instead of telling yourselves(and having us overhear) that you believe all your staff are useless, learn to make the best of your staff by learning how to motivate people. It would be preferable to bullying them and making them feel as if you are doing them a great favor by hiring them. True, this tactic may promote less turnover because people are so demoralized that they are afraid that they will never get another job, but it makes for an overall crappy uncreative culture that will not accomplish as much as it might with good leadership.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Poor culture-too political"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    New and growing company. Offers great health benefit packages. Cafeterias in most buildings. Lots of selections for lunch. They are trying to improve culture by offering free food, entertainment at lunch hours & misc. .

    Cons

    Too many employees came over from Abbott and brought the bad culture with them. The management is very political. Upper management is seen as royalty and does not treat lower level employees well. People will undercut you for their personal gain. Company is so large you get lost in the shuffle. People were put into management positions that are not qualified.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair to your staff and don't fall to politics.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Perhaps it depends on the department. Surprised."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Professional
    Current Employee - Professional
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AbbVie full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Large-.
    If this is your first professional job the place will be great as long as you have the ability to determine whether what you are learning is state of the art, or out of date. Many areas are understaffed, so there is lots of work. That is a pro and a con.

    Cons

    Work life balance bad.
    Pay is low relative to the work life balance and competitors.
    No merit bonus even for fairly high managers, just 5-7% profit sharing.
    Dead wood: Either 20 year old Abbott management, or new management brought in from dying big pharma.
    Common statements: That is how we always have done it from middle management. I thought that last statement was something that nobody would ever say at any company. I almost fell over, the first time I heard it.
    IT new and broken outsourced.
    it is likely Abbvie will be bought out if it can't fill the Humara hole.
    Very top management spins that the company is going to be a light nimble biotech, but the reality is very different in key areas.
    401K middle of the road for Pharma.
    No stock options for even middle management.
    Current department has high turnover of new people joining jumping and being replaced by new people.

    Advice to Management

    Old management: Adapt, change, have a look, what your competitors have been doing for the last 20 years.or the department will be incorrectly outsourced, and you will have no job. There is a view that it is hard to recruit to Chicago. That is not the reason it is hard to recruit at Abbvie for certain departments.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Horrible!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at AbbVie full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The experience is good example one learns how to do lab work, draw blood, EKG etc

    Cons

    Poor management, poor communication, you never feel comfortable because someone is always micromanaging you for no reason when you're always doing your work

    Advice to Management

    They need a divine intervention because everybody is talking so badly about the company and that's not good since what they're saying is true

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Too many silos"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1) Great people / very knowleadgeable

    Cons

    1) Silos / people don't know who is working on the same /. similar projects / no co-opeation
    2) Politics

    Advice to Management

    Congress has less politics than you guys, maybe drug making is not your thing


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Gov Affairs office is awful"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Government Affairs in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Government Affairs in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting set of issues.

    Cons

    BAD management and lack of buy-in from company leadership.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Boot camp for Corporate America"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Close to home; if you can survive this environment you can work anywhere 8n Corporate America. Think of it as a boot camp for your career as anything bad that can happen to you is likely to happen.

    Cons

    Management incompetent, no diversity in management, undertones of classism, really negative environment, open and accepted bigotry in management etc.


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