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Sigma-Aldrich Reviews

Updated November 15, 2018
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Sigma-Aldrich President, CEO, and Director Rakesh Sachdev
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  • "Good work-life balance, leading company in the industry" (in 28 reviews)

  • "Good team members and all employees are very friendly,work culture is good" (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Account Development Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Account Development Specialist in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Account Development Specialist in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Co-Workers, Location of Building, Building Interior/ Environment, Cafeteria, Benefits, Engaging with Customers about real-world problems.

    Cons

    Micromanged by direct reports, no "good job" or encouragement


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Scientist in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Scientist in Saint Louis, MO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sigma-Aldrich full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You will gain experience in science and in chemistry.

    Cons

    Getting a promotion takes quite a long time. Additionally, people that are more capable and talented in the laboratory will receive more work and responsibility while those who are less talented and hardworking get easier tasks. Both types of people will advance at the same pace through the company.

    Advice to Management

    Reward talent and hard work.

  3. "Worst place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sigma-Aldrich full-time

    Pros

    You get a pay check. No extra time needed

    Cons

    Really bad management, bloody low salary, bad working environment for lab workers

    Advice to Management

    Please value your employees and treat them better.


  4. "Customer Service Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sigma-Aldrich full-time

    Pros

    Very friendly co-workers
    Pay is competitive.

    Cons

    New employees get horrible work hours.
    Required to be stuck to desk all day.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not a bad place as a first job"

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    Former Employee - Chemical Technician in Sheboygan Falls, WI
    Former Employee - Chemical Technician in Sheboygan Falls, WI
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Sigma-Aldrich full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company tries to avoid layoffs during slow periods by reassigning employees to other departments.

    Cons

    The 24/7 shift rotation is hard on employees, and management expects workers to maintain the same pace as they would for an 8 hour shift.
    Employees were expected to use vacation to attend company functions if they were scheduled to work during that time.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sigma-Aldrich full-time

    Pros

    Great people. It's a great place for a career transition, since they will consider technical people for sales and marketing jobs. It's a stable place to work.

    Cons

    Not much room to move up within the company. Even if you get promoted you're lucky to get a 3% raise, which isn't commensurate with new responsibilities. They don't pay well. Management often doesn't want to listen to what subordinates have to say.

    Advice to Management

    Look for ways to put a real career development program in place so you don't continue to lose talent.


  7. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Intern in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sigma-Aldrich (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good accommodation facilities, engaging stay, but very dull in using technology.

    Cons

    Less pay, no job guarantee, very slow decision-making process

    Advice to Management

    Employ more talented people

  8. "Associate Director, Strategy Development"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Company, great colleagues and environment

    Cons

    I have Nothing to report now


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great people and place to learn and grow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great group of people in all divisions and departments that I worked with!

    Cons

    A little behind the times with some of their systems and processes, however they are looking to catch up quickly.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Stable but no growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Sigma-Aldrich full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very stable company. Respectful environment. Excellent processes are in place that are being followed.

    Cons

    Very little opportunity for growth for entry level and mid career people. Company tends to bring in people from outside for highly desired positions instead of promothing from within.

    Advice to Management

    Grow your own talent.