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Sigma-Aldrich Reviews

Updated July 21, 2017
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Sigma-Aldrich President, CEO, and Director Rakesh Sachdev
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance, leading company in the industry (in 27 reviews)

  • Great people and work is interesting (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance, steady promotions, HR issues (in 6 reviews)

  • Annual raises do not match/exceed cost of living increases and inflation (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Career Development"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends

    I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Can develop and grow career and move within the company.

    Cons

    Raises are general 3%. Only decent raises are if move to diff groups


  2. "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.

  3. "Purchasing"

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    Former Employee - Purchasing in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Purchasing in Milwaukee, WI

    Pros

    Salary ok for this position.

    Cons

    Inexperienced management who do not have much if any experience.

    Advice to Management

    Give potential managers some decent training especially in communication skills.


  4. "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.


  5. "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


  6. "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.


  7. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Good team members. Good place to start career and grow.

    Cons

    Too cautious, not taking enough bold decisions on new products. Management prefers OEM and meeting short term targets rather than focus on long term innovation and productivity.

  8. "Great Company/Good Pay"

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    Current Employee - Account Management Representative in Belleville, IL
    Current Employee - Account Management Representative in Belleville, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay is great and Merk just purchased Sigma so per older employees, things are more employee focused. Management is very professional and approachable.

    Cons

    More paid time off would be great.


  9. "Stable company, low benefits, but good work environment."

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    Current Employee - Senior R&D Scientist in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Scientist in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most people seem to have spent their entire careers with this company. The company does seem to support a better work/life balance than academia.

    Cons

    Low pay and benefits. There are no options for performance based bonuses for most employees (especially scientists). Annual raises do not match/exceed cost of living increases and inflation. No paid paternity leave. Can only apply sick time to days spouse is in hospital.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in your people in terms of salary and benefits. Provide better health insurance, and opportunities for performance bonuses for all employees. Provide some paternity leave to support your new parents.


  10. "Product Manager"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Plymouth, WI
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Plymouth, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent support and mentorship
    Freedom to manage products to your vision

    Cons

    Pay was a bit low for industry

    Advice to Management

    Keep the mentor program


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