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AbbVie Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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  • Work-life balance is kinda limited (in 63 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. Helpful (3)

    "Can't take the Abbott out of AbbVie"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clinical in North Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Clinical in North Chicago, IL

    I worked at AbbVie full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Career stability with low turnover. Generally friendly and relaxed work environment. Most departments are over-staffed - unlikely to have unmanageable workload. Efforts to encourage work-life balance. Competitive Midwest compensation.

    Cons

    Stability + modest expectations = mediocre lifelong employees who have no experience outside Abbott/AbbVie. Very process-driven, box checkers thrive. Culture is very slow to change. Hierarchacal and layers upon layers of management in most organizations. Safe, familiar approaches are almost always favored -- entire R&D organization is incredibly risk-averse.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Doc Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Document Specialist in Abbott Park, IL
    Current Employee - Document Specialist in Abbott Park, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AbbVie (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    High volume of interesting assignments

    Cons

    Contract work with promises for permanent that never are kept


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good for employees, but for contractors..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Support Analyst in Waukegan, IL
    Former Employee - IT Support Analyst in Waukegan, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The IT dept. staff are very knowledgeable and helpful. Lots of IT projects/services rolled out to simplify for end users getting help. Depending on which building you're assigned, you will be either busy or workload can be slow.

    Cons

    Bulky laptops still in use and laptop upgrade policy (one year past the warranty) can be an issue for people with constant hardware issues. Mandatory one month furlough for IT contractors after completing a two year contract. One month going unpaid is not for everyone and can be stressful if not planned ahead. Job advancement or becoming a permanent employee is close to zero. Contractors are sometimes left out of meetings/outings due to employees-only policy.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the mandatory furlough and convert contractors to employees or not renew. This policy is in a gray area in terms of labor laws.


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  5. "Out of Balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in North Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in North Chicago, IL

    I have been working at AbbVie full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    a progressive company with growth opportunities
    team work
    interesting process

    Cons

    Too many brilliant scientists with high level management positions that lack good people management skills.

    Advice to Management

    company need to find the balance between real business and science. Right now it is too much managed by Scientists.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Regional Rebate and Compliance Manager in Kenosha, WI
    Former Employee - Regional Rebate and Compliance Manager in Kenosha, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AbbVie (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good co-workers. Enjoyed what I was doing.

    Cons

    Too many clicks with direct manager and his managers. Made it difficult to get credit for work that I did.

    Advice to Management

    Don't allow managers to hire their friends or allow former employees to follow their former managers to current departments.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Leaders are too old school"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AbbVie full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice solid place to work. Have all of the basic perks of corporate America. Salary and benefits are good (minus vacation). The work is challenging.

    Cons

    Vacation, if you come with experience from other pharma/biopharm companies you are most likely going to take a step backward in time off. Most departments are ran so lean that worklife balance can be a struggle. They offer a lot of flexibility but it is your luck of draw as to if your manager supports it. Unfortunately a lot of managers are still living in the 1990s and don't support it. Lastly they talk a good talk on culture but that too is manager based, some are really living the defined and others wouldn't know what good like if it was right in front of them. This is true at the highest levels and maybe even more so.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to be biopharm in culture you have to be willing to allow risk and stop being so conservative.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Abbvie IT"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - End User Computing Regional Manager in Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - End User Computing Regional Manager in Worcester, MA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AbbVie full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, good pay

    Cons

    Corporate centric, have to move to advance, bad IT upper management

    Advice to Management

    They need to understand how thing work outside of corporate head quarters


  9. Helpful (1)

    "IT Technical Specialist - Serialization"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Technical Specialist - Serialization & IT Project Manager in Waukegan, IL
    Current Employee - IT Technical Specialist - Serialization & IT Project Manager in Waukegan, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    promising pipeline, stable portfolio, culture, salaries, benefits, work-life balance, management, job security

    Cons

    Overburden with contractors, many do not have the same work opportunity as employees
    some micromanaging of workers
    very little opportunity for advancement into management

    Advice to Management

    depart from micro-managing workers


  10. "Rheumatology Business Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Rheumatology Business Specialist in Cedar Park, TX
    Former Employee - Rheumatology Business Specialist in Cedar Park, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AbbVie (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent work culture and family balance. Great management team and resources at work.

    Cons

    limited advancement if you can't move to Chicago, IL.


  11. "Good Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Researcher in Mettawa, IL
    Former Employee - Summer Researcher in Mettawa, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AbbVie (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company with great people. They're all sold on the idea of helping people despite the Big Pharma stereotypes. I really enjoyed my time there.

    Cons

    Occasional fire drills that interfere with otherwise routine priorities.


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