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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. "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.


  2. "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


  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. "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.


  6. "Manufacturing"

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician in The Woodlands, TX
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in The Woodlands, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits package and 401K

    Cons

    Underpayed
    OT rarely available
    Shift hours are bad, first shift starts at 6am


  7. "IT"

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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

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

    Pros

    Work with latest technology, fast-paced and interesting. Great company overall. Strong vision for leading company.

    Cons

    IT Leadership is tyrannical. Make sure you ask the right questions to understand what it's like to work for the current leadership. Outside of 1-2 people, the rest of the organization is great - unfortunately the bad apples are at the top.

    Advice to Management

    Manage & treat people fairly.


  8. "Good place to work."

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

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

    Pros

    Stability of company. Average to good benefits. Within company career change opportunities are good to excellent. Awaiting changes from Millipore EMD buyout forming MilliporeSigma.

    Cons

    Below average pay, vacation policy.


  9. 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
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sigma-Aldrich full-time

    Pros

    Easy work. Low expectations (well that is not under Pros)

    Cons

    Below average salary, many lazy people, 1000 years old management, not much of science, buddy-buddy system for promotions, laughable bonus, bad vacation policy and terrible management such as inexperienced supervisors

    Advice to Management

    No advice-retire or sell the company-that's been already done.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Transition to Merck Millipore"

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    Current Employee - Research Technician in Bellefonte, PA
    Current Employee - Research Technician in Bellefonte, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Generally very mild production environment.

    Cons

    Pay does not reflect cost to live in area and is only very loosely tied to merit in non-professional positions. Advancement is extremely limited in absence of a four year degree - a degree is considered more valuable than direct job experience and can be used to exclude qualified personnel from opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Design a structured means to advance production personnel to higher levels if they demonstrate adequate intelligence and motivation - regardless of degree status.


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