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Abbott Labs UK Reviews

Updated April 6, 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. "Abbott"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Administrator in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Finance Administrator in Maidenhead, England (UK)

    Pros

    Brilliant! lovely group of people, nice office building good benefits etc. They even had an ice cream van come and give out free ice cream! Would love to stay here but my division has been acquired by another company and I will be redundant shortly.

    Cons

    Nothing immediately comes to mind. Car park could get very full.

    Advice to Management

    Carry on!


  2. "Badly let down"

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    Former Employee - Sales in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great products, passionate people, quality management and processes very good.
    Not bad pay higher up, not good lower down. Good healthcare.

    Cons

    Bullying, and people in Senior positions because of who they know regardless of being completely incompetent, even in the most basic skills. HR not trusted at all by employees. Don't complain because they will stitch you up.

    Poor development of less senior employees. Lucky of you go on one training course in 5 years.

    Mass Abbott redundancies of long term employees, and redundancy pay only statutory minimum. So for example 20 years service will only give you a couple of thousand pounds. HR can be very sinister and intimidating.

    Can be very cliquey and people can be excluded and minorities discriminated against. Senior management will often support this discrimination.

    Advice to Management

    Stop taking the credit for the work of others. make sure that people who are promoted are competent e.g. they can operate a computer, rather than promoting them because they have been there for years and you know them.

    Stay in touch with your staff to know what is really going on, don't just take the word of those who you have promoted as they may be telling you lies.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Going down the tubes"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Abbott Labs full-time

    Pros

    Has a final salary pension scheme , has a company car . That's about it.

    Cons

    Where to start ?! Middle managers totally uninterested in you. Flat structure. No chance of promotion. Constantly trying to sell their products and don't have engineers to back it up. You get to work late any evening for free and even weekends for no money- manager trying to save money.
    Lack of resources in IT, HR, basically every area is understaffed and over worked.
    Enjoy having your heart attack boys!!!

    Advice to Management

    Do "team work", stop having useless conf calls, give people the holidays they ask for without a fight, support your field engineers as they are customer facing


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "No direction, managers have lost the plot."

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    Former Employee - Field Service in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Field Service in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pension, but you will be stressed out and dead before you can draw it. There were lots of pros when first joining. But they soon stop them once you are tied in

    Cons

    No mentoring. Managers & Directors use bullyboy tactics. No career progression. Work evenings for free. Management have no idea how to walk the floor.
    UK NHS is a shambles behind the curtain. God help us.

    Advice to Management

    Walk the floor. Respond to emails. Respond to your staff with even a no or I will give you an answer by such a date. Lack of communication is no excuse.
    Help the staff. Keep them engaged. Listen to them. Discussions are a two way street. Monthly meets are not a chance to push statistics and reports. Meet the staff and listen. Disengaged middle managers are killing field service. Very much who you know and how much of a yes man/woman you are.


  6. "A great place to work with fantastic pay"

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    Former Employee - Subject Matter Expert in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Subject Matter Expert in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A good work environment that makes you look forward to going to work daily. Good health care system provided for staff too

    Cons

    None that I can think of. All I know is when you experience working with this company, it makes you look forward to the next working day.

    Advice to Management

    To keep up the way their employees are been treated and taken care of


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Territory Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Good reputation with customers
    Great products

    Cons

    Poor management structure
    High turnover of immediate managers
    No consistency


  8. Helpful (1)

    "University relations manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - University Relations Manager in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Current Employee - University Relations Manager in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good working enviroment and very strong team spirit.
    Lots of internal opportunities with temporary assignations abroad as critical professional experiences.
    Very interesting professional challenges and excellent managerial style based on managers that give you support, ownership and visibility at the same time.

    Cons

    The company moves and changes really fast and people are usually quite busy because of the constant need to be updated.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up just as you are!


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Mixed bag"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sheerness, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sheerness, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Abbott Labs (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Friendly people, good atmosphere around workplace.
    Decent work/life balance.

    Cons

    No push for employees to improve or further themselves, if you can do the job they're happy, see no need for formal training/qualifications.
    Select few given the opportunity to progress.

    Advice to Management

    Push the staff. Formal training/qualifications matter - if not now certainly for the employee's future.


  10. "SAP Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England (UK)

    I worked at Abbott Labs (More than a year)

    Pros

    Contract role for the SAP ECC 6 implementation.

    Cons

    Going through a lot of change


  11. "Always learning and gaining expert experience with special training"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Lab Specialist Fermentation in Dartford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Technical Lab Specialist Fermentation in Dartford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The training plans and the working enviroment is great

    Cons

    I wish i had joined sooner


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