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Abbott Labs Chicago Reviews

Updated November 26, 2017
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  • Work life balance can be challenging (in 32 reviews)

  • Lot of initiatives implemented at one time by senior management resulting in continuous change in the operational processes (in 25 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Transitional Time, Smart Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Business Relationship Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Business Relationship Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Abbott Labs full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Abbott offers alot for a person looking to actively manage a career. Having come up through the IT organization, there was much transition to deal with as the organization right-sized and re-aligned. Strong relationships with smart leaders allowed for me to navigate the waters and find success.

    Cons

    Relationships matter, sometimes more than one's actual output of work. This is not always a bad thing but there are some individuals that were being promoted that had no business other than who they were close with.

    Advice to Management

    Share more vision. Continue to empower people at all levels. Recognize and reward based on merits and proven success.


  2. "Clinical Systems Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Abbott Labs full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great health benefits and vacation time

    Cons

    A very conservative company, despite claims to the contrary.

  3. "Specialty Sales Rep"

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    Former Employee - Specialty Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Specialty Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary and Benefits were good. Had a matching 401K. The best!

    Cons

    Some managers are not professional and still get promoted

    Advice to Management

    reward good management behavior, not bad


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Work life balance was good."

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Abbott Labs full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work/Life was decent! I wasnt allowed to work overtime and if I did, I didnt get paid for it.

    Cons

    Management is tough they tend to micro manage every little detail. I had to write emails and send them yo my boss before I could send them to any one else.

    Advice to Management

    Dont be rude!


  5. Helpful (3)

    "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


  6. 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.


  7. "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

  8. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  9. 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.


  10. 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.


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