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Sigma-Aldrich Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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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. "Manufacturing"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "IT"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  3. "Good place to work."

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Good place for life and work balance. Diverse culture and plenty of opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    Low pay compared to national average


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Scientist"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Transition to Merck Millipore"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "Project specialist"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chemist/Microbiologist I in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Chemist/Microbiologist I in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Great people and work is interesting

    Cons

    none at this time.

  8. "Account Development Specialist"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  9. "Manufacturing Operator"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Operator in Sheboygan Falls, WI
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Operator in Sheboygan Falls, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Health and Dental Benefits

    Cons

    Limited Advancement opportunities from within.


  10. "Great company to work for at the time"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sigma-Aldrich full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people in my department were very friendly. It was a relaxed work environment which respected your work-life-family balance; sure it was stressful at times but the work got done by end of the day. At the time, great opportunity for movement or to promote from within. Benefits were fine for me.

    Cons

    Communication between departments were at times difficult. Company seemed somewhat more concerned with shareholders and performance during Quarterly meetings. I probably worked near the peak as raises and other bonuses were in decline when I left.

    Advice to Management

    Everyone that I reported to was outstanding when I was there. However I could tell things were changing and probably not completely within their control.


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