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Abbott Diabetes Care Reviews

Updated October 31, 2017
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  • Good benefits, not much else good to say (in 10 reviews)

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

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  1. "Financial Analyst"

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

    Pros

    - Good company culture
    - Good rotational and internal job opportunities

    Cons

    - Expect higher compensation
    - Too emphasized on internal networking

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  2. "Decent Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Diabetes Dales Specialist
    Former Employee - Diabetes Dales Specialist
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very solid overall compensation, excellent benefits, company car, great products and services

    Cons

    Management is lacking in direction for organization

    Advice to Management

    Solicit more feedback from employees to improve morale

  3. "Lots of room for improvement"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. "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.


  5. "Lots to improve upon"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Abbott Diabetes Care full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, Pension (you are vested at 5 years)

    Cons

    Upper management is awful, and things are not run smooth or efficiently


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Things haven't changed"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Abbott Diabetes Care full-time

    Pros

    Big company benefits. Medical etc.

    Cons

    Abbott hasn't changed since 2010. The negative comments about management are the same. So, I'm thinking this is the culture. If you work for a competitor, look at the trend of Abbott hiring then giving an impossible to achieve, ensure failure dismissal plan. I personally had my boss give a sketchy review of annual plan, then bailing on me going vacation. Then was blamed for the plan not being complete in a few days

    Advice to Management

    You cannot sustain your human assets based on a bad economy hiring advantage. I assume the word is out so potential candidates need to ask good questions. The diabetic market is commoditized with little perceived value behind your brand


  7. "Contact Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Decent working environment and pay.

    Cons

    Company runs lean, so short staffed.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees an opportunity to grow into other roles.

  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Downward Trend Getting Faster"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. 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.


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