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  • Good work-life balance, leading company in the industry (in 27 reviews)

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

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  1. "Poor management"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Packaging Operator I in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Packaging Operator I in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    There are no pros for this position. It is a good temporary job.

    Cons

    Terrible management. Multi-billion dollar company, but is extremely cheap when trying to get new equipment. Management is extremely selfish and has no respect for their employees.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "QC"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free WiFi. Most of you coworkers are in the same boat as you. Beats unemployment. They make sure you have a laptop so you can work on the weekends from home (sarcasm - that's not really a pro).

    Cons

    Total micromanagement. Our group is short staffed and management keeps piling on the job tasks that lack purpose or necessity. Its a no-win situation when management doesn't have a clue what their people do. If you aren't a suck-up, don't expect a promotion. Seems like the ones that don't work much, leave early and otherwise break the rules get the rewards. There are rarely promotions with in your group. The buildings are overcrowded. Desk space is at a premium. The location is in a rough part of the city. Parking is sparse. Street parking is an unfortunate reality. Make sure you have a club.

    Advice to Management

    Get a grip. When you are told that there isn't time to complete all the useless steps, don't add additional ones. You are not recognizing the talents of your people. TALK to them and find out what they would like to do.


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Stagnant"

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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
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. With the coming acquisition by Merck KGaA, things may improve.

    Cons

    Terrible pay, mediocre benefits, unclear advancement path, poor culture, low employee morale. Management style is very stagnant, it is extremely difficult to achieve any type of change, even on the most trivial level.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better, they're by far your most valuable resource. A $100 annual bonus (before tax) for all FTEs? Frankly, that's demoralizing. Better communication from upper management to employees is needed. Invest properly in your R&D - proper investment and modernization of equipment is required if you want to make new products!


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  5. "Terrible place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    flexible starting time. . benefits aren't too bad. Not too much else is good there. 401k is good.

    Cons

    Management is terrible. pay is not that good. sick time is terrible. Working conditions not good.

    Advice to Management

    FAR too many "layers" of management and not enough 'worker's.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "lacks respect for lower tier workers, prod, maint, ship/rec, mid mngmt"

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    Current Employee - Hourly Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Hourly Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    dedicated people who realize how important the jobs they do are.

    Cons

    when new hires make 5-9 dollars an hour more than 5-25 year employees, it shows just what a corporation honestly thinks of thier workforce. especially when you ask an employee with 9 yrs experience to train a new hire who makes 9 dollars an hour more. getting very depressing working in this enviroment. when brought up to mngmnt, answer was "not a subject they will talk about"

    Advice to Management

    stop treating the workforce as if they are furniture, you must realize that with respect and consideration, only then will you get the true potential out of any workforce.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Things have changed and the changes they put in place make it worse."

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    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Knowledgeable Colleagues
    Well respected company
    Good tools available if you know how to use them

    Cons

    No training
    No Support
    Smoke and Mirrors leadership
    Very Poor Work Life Balance
    Progression is something not possible at corp level.
    Your best is never good enough.

    Advice to Management

    Talk with the little people about improvements while you can, before you cut their jobs and send it off to India. You treat people horribly. Fail an employee survey, and then conduct a new survey with questions pointed towards positive outcomes no matter what. You as a company have lost who you are. Jai was so proud to have never had a layoff. As soon as his legacy wore off, Rakesh started cutting people left and right.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "College grad temps, think twice.."

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    Former Employee - Packaging Operator in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Packaging Operator in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Steady work, OT usually available (sometimes mandatory, which could be a pro or con depending on the person)
    -Safe work environment in packaging
    -Very focused on process accuracy and process improvement
    -Organized and efficient department for the most part
    -Kelly Scientific Temp Service a good way to get experience working for a large corporation right out of college
    -Supervisors recognize the temps that are eager to prove themself and advance
    -Successful company, will continue to be
    -The opportunity for advancement is definitely talked about, but always seems to be postponed or down the road
    -Some of the people working there were unbelievably kind and supportive, but trust me, it took months of silence and avoiding me for them to warm up
    -Temps get paid every friday

    Cons

    -So unbelievably boring/tedious
    -The music in the packaging department runs off of a cheap satellite radio station that plays the same 100 or so songs, over, and over, and over, and over every single day, week after week.
    -Hard to get to know anybody/network, because you are stuck in a room 8 hours a day weighing chemicals
    -So much gossip, I always told people I felt like I worked in a high school girls bathroom
    -Company almost always in a "hiring freeze" or finding reasons/issues/excuses related to budget as to why you are not getting hired on or promoted
    -Nothing happens fast
    -Temps get no benefits, no PTO, no retirement, just a better than min. wage job to attract the college grads
    -Very obvious division between temps and contract employees
    -Supervisors are extremely two-faced, unreliable, and very unprofessional
    -Advancement pretty much based on how many years you have put in or who you know
    -Everyone, managers, temps, busniness people, scientists, the entire company.. every single person looks absolutely miserable all the time
    -They seek out college grads with scientific degrees, to weigh substances that usually are nothing more than a bottle with a bar code
    -My supervisor literally counted down the minutes to his retirement, what a great motivator for a guy fresh out of college trying to find a career path..
    -Constant threat of department shifting, never once felt secure in my position
    -The only skill you will develop from this job will be how to weigh exact amounts of thousands of different kinds of chemicals/compounds, that's it

    Advice to Management

    -Learn how to communicate with each other, your employees, and your superiors.
    -Stop making promises you can't keep
    -For some of the way higher ups: for the love of God, retire already
    -When you have an employee in your office, keep it professional and leave your personal problems to yourself


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Not focused"

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    Current Employee - Senior CHEMIST in Miamisburg, OH
    Current Employee - Senior CHEMIST in Miamisburg, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good place to get some experience

    Cons

    They are more worried about 5s, process improvement, and ISO than getting the work completed and getting orders shipped on time.

    Advice to Management

    How about putting people in management that actually know what management is!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Working at this place is a waste of your time."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Selector in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Contractor - Selector in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sigma-Aldrich as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    The ability to cross-train and learn new skills.

    Cons

    Intimidated by employees who speak up about any concerns. No advancement opportunities to employees who work hard only to employees who they like. No union!

    Advice to Management

    Change your ways!


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Money equals money"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sigma-Aldrich full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    These folks are amazing and long suffering...they work like dogs to achieve impossible goals many of them, so mgmt. level can bonus.

    Cons

    The culture used to be embodied in the phrase employees equal stockholders, equal customers. This at least verbalized a balance of sorts. There is no growth, work/ life or implication of balance currently. It's all about the money, no matter the body count.

    Advice to Management

    Try caring for your employees instead of squeezing each lemon dry so you can go get a younger, cheaper one. Bring back balance. Think about work life balance and true flex schedules instead of fighting this. and bring back all the jobs sent overseas. Employ more in the US again.


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