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Abbott Labs Reviews

Updated April 21, 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 (2)

    "Not the same company I hired into 20 years ago"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Analyst in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Analyst in Irving, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked at Abbott more than 20 years. I loved it until the last year and a half or so. Pay and benefits were good. You have 401K (that the company contributes to) and well as pension and yearly profit sharing. Start with 3 weeks vacation, increase to 4 at 12 years. Good benefits for medical leave (although not as good as when I started). I was well trained for all of the jobs I did, up until the last one.

    Cons

    The next to last position I was in had virtually no training and no best practices. The manager was clueless and had obvious favorites in the group. I was informed I was being moved in house after being in the field nearly 10 years. No discussion. I was eventually fired just a few months after my 20th anniversary. I had no conversation with HR, no exit interview. Although I miss a steady paycheck, the company just is not the same as it was when I started. So many departments are now completely remote, and the training programs are not what they once were. My friends who are still there are all overworked and trying to do more with less with no more compensation.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "As you would expect"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Research Scientist in Temecula, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Research Scientist in Temecula, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good work life balance. There is an opportunity to create your own technology, but you will not get credit for it. It all goes to upper management.

    Cons

    Like everywhere, huge salary gap between upper management and the people who actually do all the work.

    Advice to Management

    Learn more skills besides communication. The people under you are more talented.


  3. "Good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Desktop Support in Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Desktop Support in Vernon Hills, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work environment; demanding yet people are understanding, patient, polite.

    Cons

    no cons that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    none


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Abbott Park, IL
    Former Employee - Intern in Abbott Park, IL
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Abbott Labs full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Headquarters has great benefits; amenities at the facility are great, good cafeteria, etc.

    Cons

    Abbott is a relatively traditional/ sterile work environment; work is repetitive and Abbott seems to work people relatively hard.

    Advice to Management

    Adopt more modern office practices.


  6. "A good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Gurnee, IL
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Gurnee, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large Corporation with a number of opportunities for management level type jobs. They need leaders who can help guide manage service partners.

    Cons

    Outsourcing and offshoring has been their singular focus recently. Contributor jobs are minimal or non-existent. Manage Services help leaders support operations.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "needs culture change"

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


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Site Director"

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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Finance Supervisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Abbott Park, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Abbott Park, IL

    I have been working at Abbott Labs full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The Benefits are really good, one of the few companies that still has a pension. Also has 401K and great PTO

    Cons

    Apart from the products and benefits, everything. A lot of downsizing, and cost cutting, management basically only cares about bottom line and has no problem eliminating positions to make the bottom line


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Legal"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Abbott Park, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Abbott Park, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Abbott Labs full-time

    Pros

    Great salary & benefits package. On-site cafeteria offers delicious, healthy and affordable meals/snacks from 7:00 am thru lunch.

    Cons

    There is definitely a culture of "heirchy" embedded throughout the organization. Very much focused on results / bottom line with little to no regard for the impact long hours, unrealistic expectations is having on hard working, dedicated employees. I saw a pretty high turnover during my tenure due to stress, lack of clarity around roles & responsibilities.


  11. "Healthcare Marketing"

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