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Abbott Diabetes Care Reviews

Updated May 30, 2017
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Pros
  • Good benefits, not much else good to say (in 10 reviews)

  • Great benefits, pension, and diversity embracing (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • high workload and little respect for work life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Senior Management needs to change (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Diabetes Sales Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Broomfield, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Abbott Diabetes Care (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work. Realistic goals, strong pipeline, open communication.

    Cons

    Managed care a challenge, but this is across the boards.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Lots to fix"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alameda, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alameda, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Great product in Freestyle Libre
    - some great managers and fellow employees
    - part of Abbott, so options elsewhere

    Cons

    - scapegoating, political, CYA culture
    - low employee morale
    - high workload and little respect for work life balance
    - petty cost cutting whilst wasting millions
    - BS management double speak around "scary good" and "blue ocean strategy" that most people don't understand and is inconsistent with general micro-management
    - most employees increasingly marginalized at the expense of few so called high performers, creating an unjust, uncooperative and resentful atmosphere
    - very little opportunities for career progression
    - management look after themselves well with perks, fancy hotels and unncessary overseas travel
    - disastrous last year versus targets tells you management don't have a clue

    Advice to Management

    Actions need to be consistent with words. Senior leaders need to value the employees more and treat them like adults.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Toxic environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alameda, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alameda, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Abbott Diabetes Care full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, not much else good to say.

    Cons

    Like working in high school. People are petty, mean and childish. The only concern is making their bonus. No interest in career development besides the managers. Toxic place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Get a better management team that is interested in running the business.


  4. "Lots of room for improvement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alameda, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alameda, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Abbott Diabetes Care full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - People are approachable and work well in teams. and the level of competitiveness is reasonable
    - Company is expecting significant growth due the launch of a new product.
    - Compensation is average/good and includes pension and equity

    Cons

    - Low tolerance for mistakes. I feel that some good people got burned or treated as scapegoats because of one-time failures but could have been given a second chance.
    - Some favoritism. Management has a hard time disconnecting from mid-west corporate office culture.
    - Despite the company growth opportunity, there are limited opportunities for personal growth in some of the HQ and Corporate functions

    Advice to Management

    I would encourage management to listen more often to employees in all levels and try to obtain more in-depth feedback on culture and motivation from the lowest levels of the company.


  5. "Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Brand Manager in Alameda, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Brand Manager in Alameda, CA

    I worked at Abbott Diabetes Care (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome team and environment, great office - learned a lot!

    Cons

    Could have been better communication and cohesion among the different departments.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alameda, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alameda, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Abbott Diabetes Care (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting work on a product that will significantly improve lives of diabetes patients.

    Cons

    Cautious about experimenting with new business ideas.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to bring transparency to the business goals.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Downward Trend Getting Faster"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Alameda, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Alameda, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Abbott Diabetes Care full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    ADC makes a solid product that helps people manage their diabetes better. The pipeline on product is robust and not just the same old thing but "improved."

    Abbott is one of the few companies left that offers a pension plan, if you can stand working there long enough.

    Vacation for the entire year is available January 1st. (But you must work 12 longs years before you get another additional day of vacation.)

    Cons

    Upper Management takes care of its self very generously. Their upcoming meeting is in Milan Italy. But employees working long nights can't even order a pizza and expense it. Middle managers and the worker bees cannot get an "average" rating on their annual review so that there is more bonus pool for the wealthy few. (And the salaries are quite poor for Silicon Valley, but just a little low for the pharma industry.)

    Everything is done the cheapest way possible. Some examples.

    * If the copier breaks it is a cold day in Hell before it gets fixed. There is no person to call or place to email. They think that if even one copier anywhere on the entire campus works, then there isn't a problem. This is only a problem for the worker bees as upper management have their own printers and administrators.
    * When AbbVie and Abbott split, the IT infrastructure was upgraded (with some of the legacy software being 40 years old!). But Abbott went cheap- buying the oldest possible version of software and not paying for support, maintenance, or upgrades. It's bare bone city. Oh, and they still have some systems, like vacation tracker, on the very old Lotus Notes!
    * The cafeteria food is so gross that my dog won't eat my leftover sandwich meat.
    * Cleanliness leaves a lot to be desired. The carpet is vacuumed and the floors mopped weekly but refrigerators, desktops, filing cabinets, etc are never cleaned or dusted. Many employees bring spray disinfectant to work to clean their phones, door handles, copiers, etc. as Abbott would never consider paying for that.

    The general counsel must be a real witch as attorney turnover is very high. I never work with the same attorney over the course of a project.

    The only "clubs" allowed are for Blacks, Latinos, Asian, gay, or Sweet Talkers (public speaking). You can't do a Weight Watchers meeting at lunchtime, have a volleyball game after work, and even some women that were knitting at lunch were told to stop.

    Unless you are destitute and desperate for a job, look somewhere else that may value your knowledge, strong work ethics, etc.

    Advice to Management

    You need a permanent product launch team. Every new product sees a few people who have never done a launch before being pulled together. There isn't even a reference book about what needs to be done so the next group starts from scratch and makes all the same mistakes.

    Quite telling employees to have "scary good" goals when no one from the middle level downwards is ever allowed to make even the smallest decision.

    COMMUNICATE.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Business Development"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Abbott Diabetes Care full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    New product pipeline may help overall growth.

    Cons

    Senior Management needs to change.

    Advice to Management

    Get your heads out of the sand.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "All Politics, Oppressive Environment, Competence Optional"

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    Former Employee - Firmware Engineer in Alameda, CA
    Former Employee - Firmware Engineer in Alameda, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Abbott Diabetes Care full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting projects to work on, good place for technical growth. You can work here for a while to grow your skills if you can survive the politics.

    Cons

    Periodic purges of entire departments or project teams, huge pressure to meet arbitrary deadlines so upper management can get their bonuses, it is far more important to be able to talk intelligently than to produce anything of value.

    Mid-management is flat-out cruel.

    Much work outsourced to India which was horrible. These guys did not share information, would intentionally mislead other engineers, and created a huge mess that was impossible to untangle.

    IT department is a joke. I don't know how many times I had to re-open a ticket that IT marked "solved" when it had not even been addressed. Completely useless but they care only about how many problems they "solve' and not actually fixing things.

    There was a period where managers were scored by how many of their direct reports made "voluntary" donations to the then-CEO's former company (United Way, I think).

    Advice to Management

    I have no idea what you can do to fix this company. I sure hope that there have been substantial cultural changes since I left.


  10. "Great Place"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Abbott Diabetes Care (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Exciting Projects
    Stability
    Great Projects to Work on

    Cons

    Big Company that Works like a Start-up


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