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Thermo Fisher Scientific Reviews

Updated March 27, 2017
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Thermo Fisher Scientific President, CEO, and Director Marc N. Casper
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  • IT staff level has never been adequate so work life balance is skewed (in 93 reviews)

  • Upper management seems to make decisions that are cost saving initiatives, but they don't seem to take into account the impact on the customer (in 56 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Collections Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, medical, 401k. Excellent pay. The products which Thermo Fisher manufactures is truly remarkable in helping science and assist with making the world healthier, cleaner and safer.

    Cons

    Expect a lot of overtime. Company has been consolidating functions to Costa Rica over the past year. Would assume more jobs will be transitioned out of the US.

    Advice to Management

    Need to address leadership issues within Finance organization. Some great leaders and some that need to be exited out. Standards in dealing with performance issues within Divisions and Corporate are not consistent. Management should rethink about moving jobs out side of the US. Leadership is not telling the truth to upper management of the issues within Costa Rica. It is a disaster.


  2. "Technician"

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    Current Employee - Beam Technician in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Beam Technician in Hillsboro, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and flexible work schedule

    Cons

    I was formerly with FEI who was taken over by Thermo Fisher. Unsure of our future in 2018 when Thermo implements their bigger organizational changes.


  3. "Solid foundation."

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    Current Employee - Motion Graphics Artist in Tewksbury, MA
    Current Employee - Motion Graphics Artist in Tewksbury, MA

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers and collaborators on projects. Managers treat me as a person and not a number.

    Cons

    No room for growth with the internal marketing team. Limited personnel. Few opportunities for career growth/learning if pursuing a career in audio/video.


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  5. "Opportunities in diverse science company"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Thermo Fisher Scientific has as solid growth strategy with lots of diverse functional and market based areas. Lots of opportunities if you are self driven and enjoy variety and dynamic environment

    Cons

    Company re-organizes and readjusts often. Must be able to handle change. With the size of the company on-boarding and mentorship can be very self driven. Make sure you don't get lost in the matrix.

    Advice to Management

    I think the current direction is solid with more strategic integration of systems and renewed focus on softer elements of employee management and retention. Continue to do what you can to connect the disparate sections of the company that need to be aligned.


  6. "Great Company to Work For"

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    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities for promotion within the company, always looking for creative ways to improve products and services

    Cons

    Large corporate structure can be frustrating to navigate; salaries and commission plans are competitive, but raises are few and far between, even for over-achievers.

    Advice to Management

    Increase salaries and commission plans- don't give anyone a reason to leave! Sales reps who exceed plan year over year should automatically be rewarded with increase in base salary, even if only 2-3%


  7. "Unity Labs on site services"

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    Former Employee - Senior Site Specialist in Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Site Specialist in Stanford, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and fair pay. Solid worldwide company that is very stable. If you have a good site to work at then job security should not be an issue.

    Cons

    On site services is dependent on contracts with customers. If contract is not renewed or lost, you loose your job. Management will tend to ignore or not respond to your questions when you are on a site working alone.

    Advice to Management

    Be upfront with new hires that onsite services is based on a contract and you may loose your job if contract is lost for any reason.


  8. "Strong Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time

    Pros

    Great employer to work for.

    Cons

    HR department can be slow to react.


  9. "Buye/Planner"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great work life balance, generous benefits and opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    No negative comments to share.


  10. "Best place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Recruiter
    Current Employee - Senior Recruiter
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    TFS is full of passionate, smart, dedicated people that truly want to move science forward. They care about employee development and have amazing procedures in place to keep us engaged and always learning. The product portfolio is second to none. It has been my favorite place to work of my 25 years and I hope to retire here.

    Cons

    I have no cons to share.


  11. "Great company, if grueling work isn't an issue"

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Lead in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Lead in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They are an ethical company with an admirable attitude on both environmental issues and employee wellness. They try to give fair pay, be flexible with work/life balance, and are very safety conscious. They atmosphere is very open and low-level employees can work with higher level employees often to gain experience. Also, they do take your long-term goals into consideration.

    Cons

    Very aggressive on financial goals. This often means understaffing, overworking, mandatory weekends, and cutting funding to certain departments to meet these productivity goals. My department was in a perennial panic mode due to these moving targets, even though we were also very profitable. When interviewing, I would advise probing into how your department is doing as a standard question.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that possible isn't the same as advisable. The understaffing issues are pervasive and a huge reason I am looking elsewhere. I have never worked in a place that tried to squeeze so much efficiency out of each of its workers.



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