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Abbott Labs Chicago Reviews

Updated January 27, 2017
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  • Work/Life balance can very greatly between divisions/departments (in 29 reviews)

  • Such a large company, you're a number (in 20 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Site Director"

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    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Second to none benefits with a Global footprint.

    Cons

    Unpredictable M&A. Division here today, gone tomorrow.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "needs culture change"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good salary and good benefits

    Cons

    poor environment needs new culture too negative


  3. "Healthcare Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Product Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Product Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great firm, comprehensive planning and implementation

    Cons

    A little slow and bureacratic

    Advice to Management

    More nimble, take a few more risks, at least use the 90:10 rule if the 80:20 rule is too risky


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    "Worse Work Environment Experienced"

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    Former Contractor - Contractor in Chicago, IL
    Former Contractor - Contractor in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Abbott Labs as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There a significant number of people there that really care.

    Cons

    Leadership in their technology department lacks the ability to provide vision, cohesion, and overall sentiment toward her peers or subordinates. It's amazing that an organization so large can let such lackluster leadership exist at the CXX level. Absolutely amazing.

    If there is such a thing as the boys club Abbott has created the girls club and it is evident.

    Advice to Management

    Get new leadership at the helm of your technology division. While not a significant spend your BU's depend on the technology and are in constant darkness regarding the impacts she creates. You can do a lot better.

    Your leadership under your CXX is too afraid to bring on new talent because of the atmosphere and the word is getting out that your culture is a cancer...you would do well to stay clear of of this organization.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Stable company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, projects that help people live longer and be healthier makes it seem worthwhile.

    Cons

    Not like it used to be. more finger pointing and tight unrealistic deadlines.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Decent place to work"

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    Current Contractor - Research and Development Technician in Chicago, IL
    Current Contractor - Research and Development Technician in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Abbott Labs as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Abbott is a decent company to work for. The majority of the people are very friendly, helpful and good to work with. It seems like all the full time employees have been here for ages so that speaks pretty highly of the place in my view. The full time employees seem happy with their compensation and benefits packages.

    Cons

    It is hard to land a full time position here unless you are abundantly qualified, in good with a manager or have previous contract experience at Abbott. Some employees have been doing contract work here for 5+ years. It seems like certain areas of the company are getting outsourced overseas. Management likes to set lofty goals that are rarely achieved because the timelines are unrealistic.

    Advice to Management

    Set more realistic timelines for project goals. Spend money more effectively, it seems like there is a lot of waste around here that could save the company money and streamline processes.


  8. "Financial Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Health Benefits, Decent Salary, Bonus Included

    Cons

    Long hours, sometimes work overload


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Working at Abbott"

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    Former Employee - Healthcare SAP Architect in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Healthcare SAP Architect in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Abbott Labs (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Retirement benefits, career growth

    Cons

    Lot of Out sourcing, down sizing

    Advice to Management

    Consider keeping jobs in house


  10. "Abbott"

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    Current Employee - IT Senior Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - IT Senior Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Abbott Labs (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits. One of the few companies which has pension.

    Cons

    Service outsourcing model is not optimal.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Abbott IT"

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    Former Employee - IT Professional in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - IT Professional in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Short term job until you are eliminated - gives you a chance to polish your resume, gain experience and look for a more rewarding job

    Cons

    Abbott has been shedding IT personnel for years and outsourcing their jobs starting with those with the most pension seniority.
    Expect pensions to be phased out.
    Management is totally focused on their bonuses which are multiples of their salaries.
    Projects never fail (see bonus above).
    Statistics are massaged to provide the desired results (see bonus above).
    The work environment is toxic as you never know from week to week whether or not you will have a job.
    Creativity is either plagiarized to killed
    Managers are abusive - they scream in your face that you're lucky to have a job and you had better fall in line
    Manager/Employee affairs are blatant - not that we care what you're doing just hold up your end of the job.
    The IT attitude towards women is mysogynistic, particularly, but not exclusively, from Indians and Muslims; women are definitely the 76% in Abbott IT.

    Advice to Management

    Grow a backbone, acquire a moral compass


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