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Abbott Labs North Chicago Reviews

Updated March 5, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work life balance, people were more than willing to teach (in 70 reviews)

  • Good Benefits and professional work environment (in 96 reviews)

Cons
  • The company likes to brag about a Work/Life balance, the employees always joked that if you wanted a life don't work for Abbott (in 28 reviews)

  • Upper Management is typical for a large company (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Internship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Operations Intern in North Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Operations Intern in North Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers, fun internship program

    Cons

    Location, The levels of beauracracy


  2. "Assembler Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Assembler Associate in North Chicago, IL
    Current Contractor - Assembler Associate in North Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you get in its a great long term company to work for.

    Cons

    They withhold information regarding full time opportunities. Extremely hard to move around within the company.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Manufacturing Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Manager in North Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Manager in North Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great people
    - Superior Management
    - Development driven

    Cons

    You have to be able to move locations to climb up the ranks.

    Advice to Management

    None. Keep up the good work


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  5. "Abbott"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Chicago, IL

    I worked at Abbott Labs (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits.
    Career Opportunities
    Fortune 500 Corporation

    Cons

    Long Hours
    Disjointed systems and lots of manual processes


  6. "Senior Medical Repesentative"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Medical Representative in North Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Medical Representative in North Chicago, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent products. Supporting & investing in people..

    Cons

    Beautiful bureaucracy. Twelve signatures for one approval. Time and energy.


  7. "Sr QA Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior QA Automation Engineer in North Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior QA Automation Engineer in North Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Abbott Labs (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Best place to work and good coworkers and management

    Cons

    Nothing I could see as in short time


  8. "DE Contract for HR"

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

    I have been working at Abbott Labs (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It is a great place to gain a little experience. I recommend it for a summer job in between or fresh out of college. They have a really good cafeteria with homemade type dishes. It is great in case you forget your lunch like I did all the time. They even have chicken wings as part of breakfast on Fridays, but they also have a variety of healthy choices too. They are nice people, who love to see results. They are very understanding and gave time off for very important obligations as long as you ask beforehand.

    Cons

    I felt a disconnect with management sometimes. They were very unpredictable. Some people just received calls from their recruiter all of a sudden saying the contract is over. They give no heads up. As soon as they are done using your help, you could be gone. It can be stressful to worry week to week about whether you might have a job or not.

    It is hard to network at times because people seem to be in their little groups. Also, when I asked management for assistance with connecting with people for full time positions, they seemed to ignore it and say to use the job board like everyone else. They did not seem like they wanted to help.

    Advice to Management

    Please give more of a heads up because we depend on these jobs too. While a lot of contractor reviews say they felt excluded, I had the opposite experience and felt like part of the team and I appreciate that. Lastly, as young professionals, we need to network, so please at least try to help because the job market is hard when first starting out.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Various"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Chicago, IL
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Fortunately I worked with great ppl most of the time and the benefits were very competitive. There was room to move to different departments if you chose to.

    Cons

    As with many places, some ppl in management could be challenging in a negative way and it was hard to break into management if you wanted to.
    Note: my last year was 2003, but the year did not go back that far.


  10. "Senior Financial Analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in North Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in North Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Abbott Labs (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Culture and respect in the workplace. Staff are courteous with each other and with management. Good atmosphere and yearly merit increases.

    Cons

    Cons is that due to the size of the organization, implementation of new ideas take some time.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. Technical Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in North Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in North Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Professional work environment
    Good company

    Cons

    Unless you know someone it is hard to climb on your own merit

    Advice to Management

    Outsourcing jobs can reduce the cost, but will suffer quality of work Abbot has been known for.



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