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Thermo Fisher Scientific Los Angeles Reviews

Updated June 11, 2017
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Thermo Fisher Scientific President, CEO, and Director Marc N. Casper
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  • They have always had an issue with work life balance (in 102 reviews)

  • Being a public traded company, the bottom line is tantamount to upper management who get serious monies for their efforts (in 58 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Potentially the best company ever but----"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Newport Coast, CA
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Newport Coast, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Dominating the world of laboratory equipment and supplies. Great pay and benefits. Hard to accomplish what they do but they do it with strict controls over their people. It's admirable. Very intellectually stimulating environment if you have the tenacity to take it on.

    Cons

    They do not offer the sales representatives the support they need to the daily paperwork. No support for filling out forms or proposals. Real nightmare to get things done cause you to work 12 hours a day. 8 hours in front of customers not including drive time, airports and hotels to fill out daily paperwork and proposals. If you land to big an account, they will take it direct to keep you from getting the big commissions and then they raise your quota next year and take that account direct. Some managers have very bad reputations for being ruthlessly intimidating and threatening if you can't make your numbers.
    Being a public traded company, the bottom line is tantamount to upper management who get serious monies for their efforts.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Glassware Site Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Glasware Site Specialist in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Glasware Site Specialist in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, hours, and parental leave compensation.

    Cons

    Not much room to grow even as a top performer.

  3. "Great!"

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Scientist I in Canoga Park, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Scientist I in Canoga Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    One of the biggest biotech companies in the world. Stable job with flexible hours.

    Cons

    There are a lot of areas that need improvement, such as edits in SOPs, training, supervising, etc. The HR department also needs improvement as there were multiple hurdles before employees had full access to Thermo Fisher's software system.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "If you are intelligent and wish to add to the conversation vs. just maintaining status quo you will be punished"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate III in Canoga Park, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate III in Canoga Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of groups have decent work life balance

    Cons

    Poor communication between mid and upper management
    Adverse to change and like to cling to outdated methods
    Passive aggressive middle management
    Toxic work environment
    HR is highly unprofessional and only out for the company

    Advice to Management

    Major changes and restructuring needs to take place!


  5. "Pleasantly Surprised"

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    Current Contractor - Scientist in Panorama City, CA
    Current Contractor - Scientist in Panorama City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Close knit family feeling. Everyone is friendly and willing to stop and help or even just have a conversation.

    Cons

    Can't think of anything other than a slightly below average pay rate.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the accomplishments made by some of the employees more often


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Very good for a major, matrices organization"

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Stability, contribution to society, people, management. TMO values their talent. Patience pays in the long term. Have been here 15+ years through mergers and acquisitions. It only gets better if you ride out the rough spots.

    Cons

    Large, matrixed organization. Governing policies don't always fit well in a given business unit, much as Federal dictates don't accurately address needs or realities of Divisional intricacies.

    Advice to Management

    Keep improving systems/processes. Stay customer focused and the rest follows


  7. "Wish I got to stay"

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    Former Contractor - QC Laboratory Associate in Canoga Park, CA
    Former Contractor - QC Laboratory Associate in Canoga Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Thermo Fisher Scientific as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of potential to cross train, flexible with hours, good experience, and enjoyable place to work.

    Cons

    It wasn't in the budget to keep me on or to hire me as a direct employee.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Salary ranges"

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    Current Employee - Scientist II in Canoga Park, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist II in Canoga Park, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    career options available across the globe

    Cons

    salary range may not be to industry standards

    Advice to Management

    be informed about the salary ranges that is up to industry standards when offering jobs to desirable candidates.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "HR"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sylmar, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sylmar, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Thermo Fisher Scientific (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the people are great. You will have the opportunity to work with some brilliant minds. You have access to many resources and the benefits are great. You also have an opportunity to work for a well known company that will make your resume stand out.

    Cons

    Sometimes there's too much red tape. Everything involves a process and things don't get done in a reasonable amount of time because you need to jump through some hurdles before something gets approved. Also, the company's #1 goal is always the bottom line - money. They don't seem to understand that you need to keep your employees happy in order to motivated them to achieve more. Rewards are selective.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "People are getting laid off or quitting"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canoga Park, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canoga Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time

    Pros

    Nice big and small company events that happen from time to time. Still retains some of that small company feel for now.

    Cons

    Too much emphasize on PMDs for performance reviews. Most people are too busy, but if you cannot meet your goals because of that, you are blamed for not managing your time well. If you have to work overtime to finish work that is not feasible to be completed within 8 hours, you are also blamed for not managing your time well.

    Injury rates are unusually high for the industry. EH&S is terrible at trying to reduce the injury rates. HR only cares about hiding them. Management doesn't properly address safety issues that the employees bring up due to fear of upfront costs.

    Lower than average base salary.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees more instead of laying off all the ones that are not getting taken advantage of, otherwise you are going to have trouble retaining experience in the company.

    Also, reporting safety issues does not do much good if management will not act on it.
    There are already enough injuries to catch OSHA's attention. Now we just need to put down some effort and money and deal with the source of the problems.


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