Thermo Fisher Scientific - Good department, not great for a long-term commitment to the company overall. | Glassdoor
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"Good department, not great for a long-term commitment to the company overall."

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Current Contractor - Supply Chain Buyer in San Jose, CA
Current Contractor - Supply Chain Buyer in San Jose, CA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific as a contractor (Less than a year)

Pros

The people at this company are mostly really friendly, and the on-site cafeteria is delicious. Compensation is decent when you are hourly, unsure about full-time salaried positions.

Cons

It is not a great work-life balance. They expect many more hours out of you than you can reasonably put in and they will not hire more people for the department. There is little communication from upper management, except when it is time for performance reviews, and then their expectations are unreasonable.

Advice to Management

Hire more people for the job, treat them fairly, and then you might keep more of them. The reason people keep quitting is there is nothing to stay for.

Other Employee Reviews for Thermo Fisher Scientific

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Big company with big changes due to acquisitions and consolidations of operations"

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Portsmouth, NH
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Portsmouth, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I am discussing Slide and Specialty Glass division in Portsmouth, NH. A lot of good science and good manufacturing. When the local company was left alone it provided a good training and growth opportunity through taking additional duties and challenges, including an effort on Practical Process Improvement which is similar to Six Sigma program. Compensation was good and in line with compensation of other companies in greater Boston region. I like a lot system of working 9 hours Monday through Thursday and working only four hours on Friday.

    Cons

    After acquisition by Thermo, the only things that seemed to matter were quarterly financial results. The precision system of people working together on average for over 20 years (and many for over 30 years!) was dismounted by bringing new General Manager first every two years and later every year. Each one wanted to bring his own people aboard and shuffled existing position which usually made no sense at all. After five years all the core personnel was gone and people who were newcomers brought just a year earlier were trying to teach newly hired, which of course wasn't effective. It seemed that all people with more experience (and a bit higher salary reflecting the experience) were systematically replaced by new ones which could be paid less due to their age, limited experience and current job market conditions.
    The company was a cash cow with big margins, dominating the saturated market of glass slides and similar products. Yet it was treated like many other divisions with growth potential and ordered to post big growth each year, which was completely unrealistic due to the shrinking of the market for such products.
    The financial pressure on all employees and continuous layoffs in sneaky ways of small numbers of people with no explanation to them or to the rest of workers created a horrible work environment.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Decent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Big corporation stability
    Good benefit package
    A lot of growth opportunities for those who are willing to relocate
    New building

    Cons

    Very low annual merit increase
    Limited opportunity for growth for those who are not willing to relocate
    Ridiculous annual goal from head quarter = low bonus payout

    Advice to Management

    Improve information technology to enable rightsizing
    Offer more annual raise and benefit (free lunch and snack would be nice...) for high performer

    Thermo Fisher Scientific Response

    Aug 19, 2014

    Thank you for listing the pros and cons of your work experience at Thermo Fisher Scientific. We appreciate reading employee sentiments from around the world and take them seriously.

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