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Abbott Labs Reviews

Updated August 18, 2017
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  • Work life balance can be challenging (in 31 reviews)

  • Lot of initiatives implemented at one time by senior management resulting in continuous change in the operational processes (in 23 reviews)

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  1. "Culture is management heavy, leadership lacks vision and promotion is based on nepotism."

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary + retirement pension.

    Cons

    Difficult to get promoted as there is limited turnover or advancement. Company culture is very pass-the-buck and unprofessional. Constant follow-up with colleagues to do their job.

    Advice to Management

    Commit to and have a clear vision and strategy and get rid of the old boys club mentality.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Best Day Was the Day I Gave Notice"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Abbott Park, IL
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Abbott Park, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you can survive this, you can excel anywhere else? Gained experience, but had to seek employment elsewhere in order to experience career growth and proper financial compensation.

    Cons

    Zero Work Life Balance, Bloated Middle Management, Out of Touch Management, Poor Compensation, Terrible Culture, No Growth Opportunities, All Take and No Give. Outdated. Obsolete Technology. Bureaucratic Red Tape. Political Games.

    This company's motto may as well be, "Why pay for the cow when you can get the milk for free?" I am lucky I left when I did. I was in an area of the company that was significantly high stress, especially when the split of Abbott/AbbVie was announced. Many of us had to support divestiture activities not just up to the split, but then afterwards when we were obligated to service BOTH companies for a period of two years. Essentially, we did the work for two companies (when we were already doing the jobs of three people each before this), but god forbid we get any financial compensation for it. Management never wanted to hear any real talk about how things were going. Any attempts at constructive criticism were met with blank stares or hostility. This company does not reward the employees that do the day to day work that is crucial to the company's survival. I fought for two years to get a promotion based on all the new work I was doing and skills I had learned. Former co-workers of mine have been told the company either "can't afford" to promote them or "so and so got a promotion last year so you'll just have to wait" ( a quota system?!) which is obscene especially since I know one of my former co-workers has taken on a completely different job with more responsibilities which was not the job they were hired into. (Thus the free milk and don't pay for the cow comment.) My former direct supervisor was excellent and very knowledgeable, and should have been promoted when the split happened but wasn't for political reasons. (Basically the person is not inclined to blow sunshine up peoples' rear ends.) Instead an outsider was brought in who very quickly demonstrated they were all talk. I gave the benefit of the doubt to this person for a while, and then was quickly disillusioned. This person can't do anything without first running it by my former supervisor because after a year, still doesn't know anything. Now I hear this person comes in late and leaves early and is a ghost when my old supervisor is away. Also after the split, a re-org happened and a new divisional head was assigned to whom you could not display anything but a smiling face. Again, constructive criticism and talk of how things might be improved was discouraged. Horrible favoritism as well. My group was penalized for no reason whatsoever and any thing that made work bearable (like telecommuting) was taken away. Yet the new head's favorites were allowed to continue telecommuting. Abbott is a behemoth that still actively resists change, no matter how much they talk it up. For god's sake, it took until 2013 to get off Lotus Notes and onto Outlook. Layoffs are unsurprisingly happening now, which was to be expected at some point post-split. It's yet another reason why people suffer in silence - they're afraid of losing their jobs. And don't even get me started on how this company bullies employees during the annual giving campaign to donate just so the company can get good PR. Abbott used to be a well-respected company in the area, and I grew up in the area thinking it was prestigious. After seeing how many incompetent people work there, sitting around and collecting a check, I know better. Abbott continues to act as if they don't need to pony up salary wise to attract top talent because of their brand name. Sorry, but saying "I work at Abbott" (insert jazz hands) doesn't magically make your bills disappear. With a lot of companies moving their tech and business analysts to the city to attract younger talent, I think Abbott is going to find out the hard way that their old view of employees is going to flop. I would not refer my worst enemy to work here.

    Advice to Management

    If you want change, you need to kick most of your middle management out the door. They are entrenched in old conservatism which is just not feasible in this day and age. My experience of middle management there has been that they are a financial money suck, accomplish little and provide horrible ROI. Maybe then you could financially compensate those grunt employees who are doing the real work that keeps the company moving. And no, $25 gift cards to a coffee chain do not count. Start doing employee surveys (anonymously!) and solicit real feedback, suck it up, and actually LISTEN to what people tell you and IMPROVE. Hire younger (or younger in outlook) and give them the authority to change things and move the company forward. Streamline your technology and get up to date (it took you until 2013 to start using Office 10?!).

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Indecisive Micro management, Lacking leadership, No Advancement, Very Political , layoffs"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great starter job and place to see politics in action. Decent benefits. Average vacation time.

    Cons

    Micro managed to the hilt by people who lack leadership and management skills. Management has no idea what they want but if your in the political circle you can do no wrong even if your a poor manager.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house with the poor manager and non=productive people.


  4. "Horrible"

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    Former Employee - Senior Group Leader in Abbott Park, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Group Leader in Abbott Park, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great area to raise a family. I've recruited great scientists. Comfortable pace due to the slow bureaucratic culture

    Cons

    Incompetent management. Very jealous talents. Care too much about keeping position rather than great science and research.

    Advice to Management

    Even if you only care about your own promotion, power and politics, use the talents and not destroy them. In long run, u will gain cuz of it. Those who remained there did not deserve to be there.


  5. "No personal life if you want a career."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation and Benefits are great.

    Cons

    Worklife balance does not exist in all areas.
    Efforts are not always valued. Very little attention to celebrating successes as attention tends to on what is not getting done and what need completed next.
    Accolades tend to come accross ingenuine.

    Advice to Management

    Take a culteral survey and get anonymous results categorized department. Granularity may help address some of the cultural issues. The enviornment in some areas may be good....but not everywhere.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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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 Labs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nothing to speak of, can't find any

    Cons

    Terrible boss, worst leadership. Work anywhere else.


  7. "PRIVATE"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Good pay. Some nice people.

    Cons

    Do not care about people. You are only a number. Can cause you to lose everything you worked for.

    Advice to Management

    Stay up North.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "The worst work experience of my life."

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Waukegan, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Waukegan, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I made some good friends

    Cons

    No morals. Management is encouraged to lie and steal. They will look for someone to blame when the make mistakes and they will never give you credit when you save the day. They prefer "yes men" to people that can actually think and perform. If you want to grow look somewhere else.

    Advice to Management

    Sell your stock and change your names. Its a small world and your reputation precedes you.


  9. "Worked 10+ years in IT. First two years were great and after that things went downhill."

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Technical Specialist in Waukegan, IL
    Former Employee - IT Technical Specialist in Waukegan, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Pay Good Benefits, 401k, Pension Plan, vacation plan. Nice group of associates to work with.

    Cons

    Now they are only interested in the bottom dollar. They are outsourcing as much as possible out of the country or bringing in foreign workers. The management no longer cares about the employee's.

    Advice to Management

    Care about your associates. Quit over micromanaging the employee's and blame them for not doing their jobs. 90% or more of the job duties of my direct report were done by those who report to that person. It's no wonder why IT management at this company is so poor.


  10. "Regional Service Manager"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Service Manager in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Regional Service Manager in Norfolk, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    None absolutely none Zero Zero

    Cons

    The Company made me fire several employees who were excellent workers. Upper manager cannot be trusted!!!

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring YES men.


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