Thermo Fisher Scientific Reviews
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Im newish to Thermo Fisher Scientific but trying to understand the promotion cycle. It seems vertical career moves within Thermo are much more difficult than diagonal. When you are looking to move up a career band how often has that movement actually happened vertically in the team or group you work in?
I am looking for managing positions in biotech industries ( non profit organization as well), which can sponsor visa asap. I am a PhD as well as have PMP certification. I would appreciate it if someone could please help me out here. Thermo Fisher Scientific Bristol Myers Squibb Illumina Merck Biolegend UC San Diego UC Davis University of Michigan Northwestern University Perdue University of Washington UCLA UC San Diego #TritonPride
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Top Review Highlights by Sentiment
- "Benefits are good and ethos positive but you are a cog in a machine" (in 675 reviews)
- "Great people on the front line who actually care about the needs of the customer." (in 471 reviews)
- "I can get over time if I want and the pay is good for Florida." (in 301 reviews)
- "I worked in San Jose and Sunnyvale and at both sites I thought the work life balance was good for 'professional track' employees." (in 280 reviews)
- "great colleagues and people in general on my team." (in 231 reviews)
- "Management is poor and dose not want to address problems." (in 390 reviews)
- "Salaries is Lithuania are too low compared to the same work done in other countries at the same company and same position." (in 208 reviews)
- "Some managers do micromanagement which sometimes is very irritating and annoying." (in 138 reviews)
- "Middle and upper management aren't too open to ideas that can streamline operations" (in 110 reviews)
- "Poor management and leadership." (in 98 reviews)
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- Current Employee★★★★★
Great place to workApr 27, 2023 - Quality Assurance in Carlsbad, CARecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Great culture, good benefits, nice campus
Very siloed, lots of change
- Current Employee, less than 1 year★★★★★
Unsteady Market highlights shrewd nature of biotech, but a good opportunity stillMay 29, 2023 - ScientistRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
It's Thermo. You have almost anything at your disposal to do your job. Ordering is not an issue etc. R&D is filled with scientists that are talented but there is a lack of structure. People are overall pleasant but of course there are cliques and issues caused by such behavior. A large company that has many opportunities due to the number of connections. Resources at your disposal but expect sudden changes to the company. Summation: Big name that looks great on a resume and does offer opportunities. Manufacturing/R&D base roles are great for newly graduated BAs etc. MAs and PhDs may find the roles to be underpaid and unorganized (depending on your role). Would work here again but with new management and a different economy...
Huge turnover even for permanent employees due to the economy. They do offer severance packages for the lucky few but just ended contracts suddenly etc. for most. I think this had an effect on R&D and its onboarding. Due to the high turnover, many people left taking their knowledge with them. It's full of opportunities but first, you have to do your time and survive the learning curve before even thinking about what you want for your career. And through all of this, survive cutbacks and redundancies. It's the market we live in for now. I do think/hope at one point Thermo will be a place for scientists and treat them fairly (salary and opportunity-wise) but only time will tell. Summation: Typically hires contract work (6-9 months) and little notice of extension. under-market pay. Crappy HR . Decent growth opportunities if you have a good manager. Disorganized management/department due to Turnover and restructuring.
- Current Employee★★★★★
I dunno, its a job...May 19, 2023 - Staff EngineerRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
I shouldnt be required to put anything in this section
I feel their ethics are kinda sketch. Their product defects are higher than industry peers in certain categories, but mum's the word. Layoffs are routinely done in small staggered numbers to prevent getting negative press. Those who are laid off are routinely given subpar packages (expect nothing more than one week pay and cardboard box). Management is highly idle. I don't know any in my org tree, and I can't think of any positive value or project they have led. Honestly, I'd get rid of half of them. Very absentee. No mission, no drive, no reason to improve. Their business processes are all toil toil toil and more toil, and they are okay with that. Fiefdoms exist, so be careful if you challenge the status quo. Coworkers are all either outsourced to cheapest vendors, or those with few skills or entry level knowledge. Imagine a bunch of technicians who repair planes all being told to design a space ship.and you'll get a good how well this flies. No chance at equity. Don't bother trying hard, this industry is ruled by govt/university spend and insurance company balance sheets... and those are determined by macroeconomic factors, not individual performance. Thermo's a money printer, but just not for you. Expect to quiet quit within the first 6 mos because everyone else already has. Those with passion and care are the first to leave because tenure is rewarded, not results. Literally the worst IT I have ever experienced. Three levels worse than Cricket Wireless customer service, if that tells you anything.Continue reading
- Current Employee, more than 3 years★★★★★
Great place to work when macroeconomics are goodMay 25, 2023 - Talent Acquisition in Waltham, MARecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Excellent internal learning resources for self-guided exploration of every part of science & technology. Fantastic collaborative teams with many Subject Matter Experts who are happy to give their time to share knowledge and mentor. You actually get to have a work-life balance working here.
Budgets for hiring and employee retention are often too frugal which makes successful hiring extremely difficult and many open positions are from employees leaving to competition that pays significantly more. Executive leadership appears to be clueless about macroeconomics even when TA was consistently telling them inflation was happening in 2021 & 2022 and they need to give raises to all employees and increase the hiring budgets.Continue reading
- Current Employee, less than 1 year★★★★★
Company that does good for the world but not its employeesMar 16, 2023 - Program Manager III in San Diego, CARecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Thermo Fisher Scientific can be an inspiring place to work because of all the great use cases for their products. Depending on the team you're on, you can develop some good relationships and have a calm, solid team dynamic. Recent inflation assistance payments have been helpful and appreciated.
I joined in 2022 and have sat through 3-4 silent layoffs around me, which is anxiety-inducing. I have coworkers that check warn notices weekly now because of the paranoia. Stop silently laying people off, be open with your employees with what is really going on. Highly convoluted and top-heavy company, too many confusing paths to take to get one thing done with red tape everywhere. Top-heavy ties back to the layoffs, we have been laying off people that do the work (our individual contributors) and so we can't perform the projects that are necessary to moving the needle. There are many directors and VPs not willing to get their hands dirty and are solely focused on strategy once a year. I'm sure their salaries are a lot higher than the IC's.Continue reading
- Current Employee, more than 1 year★★★★★
Fantastic Lower/Middle Management, but Rot Trickles DownMay 22, 2023 - Associate Scientist in Madison, WIRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
-Working with the Contract Research Group, allowed significant freedom to complete assigned tasks within fair deadlines. -Company culture at lower levels is supportive and kind. -LOTS of GMP experience and experience given with many varieties of Assays -Friendly and understanding management staff
-After PPD's acquisition by Thermofisher, benefits have been slashed. No PTO rollover or buyback hurts especially hard for people who've been with the company for longer than a year. -Little to no advancement opportunities. This is clearly from the upper levels, as management is not empowered to perform promotions as necessary to retain talent. -Completely unheard by upper management. Questions asked of them directly about the above issues are swept aside or ignored constantly. -Underpaid for industry standard and inflation raises that don't match inflation.Continue reading
- Former Employee, more than 1 year★★★★★
LeadershipMay 31, 2023 - QC Scientist I in San Diego, CARecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Enjoyed the leadership support They were invested in career growth
Individual sites need diversification Multiple long, drawn out layoffs affected morale at the end
- Current Employee★★★★★
Not sureJun 1, 2023 - Senior Manager Export ComplianceRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
benefits, competitive, management works hard to develop growth
work life balance, nothing else
- Current Employee, more than 5 years★★★★★
Political boys club, bad promotions from proximity bias, toxic positivityApr 1, 2023 - Senior ManagerRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
There are some very talented, fantastic people here. There are great products and technology. The company mission is admirable. DEI is embraced.
Compensation is well below market, merit increases do not keep up with inflation, benefits continue to increase in price while being watered down. Leadership views inflation as a "temporary condition". Teams are severely understaffed for a company this size and work life balance is nonexistent. Leadership is unable to effectively cross-communicate between divisions and groups and therefore cannot prioritize initiatives making everything a high priority while providing zero resources for execution. The playing field is not level, and you'll be judged by arbitrary standards others don't have to meet. Lack of work/life balance and burnout are viewed as the fault of employees, not the fact we are trying to do too much with too little or that leadership is disconnected from reality. Promotions are not based on accomplishments, talents, or abilities. Non-contributing zeroes who make themselves highly visible to leadership and say things leadership wants to hear are rewarded and promoted ahead of those actually making things happen. The culture is riddled with toxic positivity and complete disconnection from reality.Continue reading
- Current Employee, more than 3 years★★★★★
New employees make more than employees with 2+ years experienceApr 10, 2023 - Scientist in Upper Providence, PARecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
-Easy job -Good work-life balance -Allows for Hybrid working -Flexible start hours
There are brand new associate scientists that make about $4/hr more than people that have 2+ years in that same role. Some of them even make as much as the scientists above them. Even the jobs listed online for the same exact positions I'm already in are being hired for a higher salary. Apparently, you might as well quit and reapply for your same position if you want a raise, because when you ask a manager for a raise, they'll tell you they don't have the budget for it. Thermo-Fisher's acquisition of PPD also limited the amount of PTO you can accrue and gives us less holiday time off than PPD did pre-acquisition. Very little opportunity for career advancement past senior scientist.Continue reading
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