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Abbott Labs Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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  • Work life balance can be challenging (in 32 reviews)

  • Upper management does not appreciate employees at sites outside of Chicago (in 22 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (11)

    "Employee for about 10 years, but not much longer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They used to be a good place to work. Key word used. I can't think of any reason anybody would want to remain in that place. Everything good about it is in the past. Bonuses have become a carrot trick, benefits become more laughable each year, and management is a bunch of two faced liars from the top down. They are gradually cancelling every single R&D project and think people are so stupid that they can't see what is going on.

    Cons

    They are the corporate equivalent of a dairy farm. They bring in cows, milk them to death and send what's left to be chopped for ground beef. When they say lean, they mean anorexic. Their departments are so anemic that even when they have gross legal and ethical issues, they can't enforce their own HR policies because if they fire the wrong cronies, it all falls apart. There used to be great opportunity. Now those who remain because they haven't found a way out or haven't been part of the quarterly lay off that has been going for years now are mostly as dysfunctional as it gets, and you aren't going anywhere if it isn't out.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up. Stop acting like it's high school in the 1950's. You can't even relate to your own employees yet you think you can hire some knuckleheads to help you relate to the customers you despise so much? Good luck with that.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Unrealistic"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work and pleasant environment

    Cons

    Required all location people to 'Like' all contractors. Manager said I did an outstanding job meeting the job requirements but a few location associates didn't 'like' me so they did not renew my contract.

    Advice to Management

    Readjust expections

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Director Manufacturing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Abbott Labs full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    None for middle age employees

    Cons

    No promotion of Blacks in general

    Advice to Management

    Reward people other than college friends


  4. "Systems Admin"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Abbott Labs (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and 401l. etc...

    Cons

    Treated like a tagged animal. Upper IT Mgmt is horrible!! Greedy, lack of it knowledge, demanding, and no consideration for their employees to say the least.
    We were outsourced to a company based out of India strictly so upper mgmt. is able to achieve bigger APEX bonus's.

    Advice to Management

    WAKE UP!!!!!!


  5. "top heavy/extremely lean/no growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Abbott Labs full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    the only reason I have managed to stay 2 years at abbot vascular in Santa Clara, CA is my coworkers.

    Cons

    Extremely top heavy. in RA organization of 40+, there are 9 directors!!! 3 left last year and only one was replaced. So yes there were 12 at one point. Last year we had 15 employees leave due to work stress. Management did not blink an eye. Handful contractors were hired and left due to poor treatment. They rather start out with new contractor vs hiring the existing ones. Maybe 4-5 permanent people were hired to fill those positions. We are told to be lean! the worker bees are expected to work 12-14 hour days because we're a global company. And if you want a promotion in 2-3 years you need to put in overtime and you might just get it. Yet compensation is at least 10-15% less than other companies.
    There is also a lot of outsourcing. IT is mostly gone, you deal with people in India who are not trained properly to do their job. Clinical has been outsourced to a CRO. There is one person left in doc control! Business slows because of broken systems and lack of proper resources.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your remaining workers with respect and provide them opportunities to grow. Otherwise you will have a 40%+ turnover rate and difficulty filling positions. People have no loyalty to company that treats them like dirt.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Changing company, all about the bottom line"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Abbott Labs full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Most of the people are great, it's an established company name, employee benefits are good, diversity encouraged and the company history once fantastic

    Cons

    Top heavy company. Any position and department that can be outsourced will be (overseas) - but more management positions are becoming available.

    Advice to Management

    Care about the employees. The letters from customers decorating the buildings and appearance of the grounds look nice, but in reality are very fake in comparison to how the company operates. Non-management employees really have turned into "just a number".


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Do not work for Abbott as an Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Irving, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The other engineers were, for the most part, friendly in regards to non-work topics, eating lunch together, etc.

    Cons

    Worst company I've ever worked for. If you are a competent engineer, LOOK ELSEWHERE.
    Management is not competent. They do not report issues up the chain so that the teams can work together to find solutions. Instead, they spend all their time finger pointing and trying to see how they can blame someone else. Morale is terrible, probably because this same finger pointing is pushed onto engineers. As an engineer, you don't want to collaborate or work together -- you want to say " my stuff works and yours doesn't so its not my fault". And the issues are not hard, technical issues -- if engineers, software, and test ever decided to put again their pointing fingers and come together, they could easily solve the issues with the product and get it out the door. This doesn't even touch on how messed up doc control is or how the quality and doc control get to dictate engineering practice instead of the engineers.

    Advice to Management

    Quit playing the blame game.
    Stand up to doc control and quality and make engineering figure out best engineering policy and practice.
    Get Software out of their Silo so that they have a stake in the game and are held accountable to the quality and milestones of the products.
    Get everyone to throw their egos out the window and work together as a team!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roselle, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roselle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    No good reasons to work for this company

    Cons

    Horrible management and horrible environment to work.

    Advice to Management

    Please take good management lessons from nice university.


  9. "It is a good jumpstart"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They provide dinner for evening and night shifts

    Cons

    People are not being utilized in the most effective manners


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Poor Management, even worse HR department"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wantage, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wantage, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Medisense used to be a great company to work for, was a people company with great benefits, great work environment and great people! When Abbott brought Medisense out, they continued with the Medisense values, but it soon changed!!!

    Cons

    A lot of the production managers are out for themselves, and don't care who they tread on to get themselves noticed. They have no respect for their employees, even the ones who have been working there long term (10years plus). They supposedly have a whistle blowing policy, which is totally ignored when a complaint against management is made!! Investigation only involves interviewing the manager involved, and it is their word against yours!! HR are supposed to be impartial, but are known to side with management, which is why people are not whistle blowing, because they know what the outcome will be....and they are scared. They would rather be treated like crap!!!

    Advice to Management

    Treat people as they deserve to be treated, especially those with a lot more knowledge. These people will get you where you want to go, there is no need to tread all over them for your own development!


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