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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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  • 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. "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


  2. 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.

  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. 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.


  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. 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.


  7. "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.

  8. "Nice Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich full-time

    Pros

    Nice benefits for the place. Large company and opportunity to move around if you are qualified. With lots of locations and since they have been bought out now becoming MillporeSigma there are even more opportunity and places you can move to.

    Cons

    Some positions you do have to work weekend and or nights. The pay is average not too high or low. There is a high turnover rate for night employees. And if you are on nights it may take a long time to get on to days if you want it.

    Advice to Management

    There is definitively room for improvement. The need for making sure employees have all the items they need to get their jobs done needs some improvement. Some departments do need to shed some dead weight which would make a better company.


  9. "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


  10. "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.


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