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Thermo Fisher Scientific Reviews

Updated May 23, 2017
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Thermo Fisher Scientific President, CEO, and Director Marc N. Casper
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  • Easy to strike work life balance (in 85 reviews)

  • Work/life balance - good benefits - ability to work from home if performance is good (in 105 reviews)

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  1. "Solid Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Site Manager in Morrisville, NC
    Current Employee - Associate Site Manager in Morrisville, NC
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Working at the Biogen Idec site is the best.

    Cons

    Can't think of anything big. Wish I had more vacation


  2. "Thermo review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A great company with a lot of opportunity for growth. There many options available for specialization and the work environment is very warm. Business casual.

    Cons

    Workers are downpaid in my particular location and there is a high turn over rate for this reason. This causes a lot of broken processes sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    They should pay the workers a lot more than they do and focus on how they could make the workflow of their workers more efficient without disturbing their work life balance


  3. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Marcos, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Marcos, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good salary at company.

    Cons

    Difficult to get hired by company.


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  5. "Take the Good When You Can"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Good local health benefits for Pittsburgh employees.
    -Generous PTO with the option to buy an extra week (there is some murmurs about sick time not being a separate bucket, but compared to other companies of the same size and history, it's pretty good)
    -There is general stability of the company as a whole.
    -They've really pushed to start to help people understand their own career development. Some of the tools and speakers that are provided would be expensive to source ourselves.
    -There are allotted volunteer hours, if small. And donation-matching for certain charitable efforts.
    -The new maternity/paternity leave is impressive.

    Cons

    -TFS still pays below the median in Pittsburgh and it will only be more evident as larger and more progressive companies come to the area. Having good health insurance is great and I am grateful, but it isn't as attractive to younger employee that is trying to build their life and pay their student loans.
    -Annual raises are abysmal and below even typical COLA, so employees are constantly moving laterally to try to get ahead. This means that there are rarely people that want to improve their current roles past what it would take for them to move to another role.
    -The facilities are in the middle of nowhere and there is no public transit access, so you must have a car. This alienates a portion of viable candidates that aren't interested in the expense of a vehicle or can't afford it. Pittsburgh's budding metro area will only propel young professionals to have a lifestyle without a vehicle and look elsewhere.
    -There are silos and divides everywhere that leads to very few people that are cross-functional. There is animosity between those employees whose work is considered more transactional and those whose work is considered analytical. The push is to consolidate the transactional work without really thinking or validating that those employees are producing the majority of the viable results. When things go wrong, there are no subject matter experts to work through the deltas. And something always goes wrong.
    -The push for updating tools is commendable, but the tools that are being updated are the least important. There are inventory and order-intake tools that are decades old, but the company is focused on a facebook-like communication tool. Why?
    -Diversity is touted, but hardly practiced as the band level increases.

    Advice to Management

    -If there is any contingent that is going to be in Pittsburgh in the future, it is important to instill trust into those employees that are integral to the processes that have been in place. The median age in most departments is alarming. Who is left to impart the knowledge to to actually complete tasks and not just analyze how efficiently they're being completed?
    -Better raises mean happier employees that want to make their departments better and more productive.
    -ERGs are awesome, but only if their values are being practiced throughout the company. Diversity is more than just a word.


  6. "Company battling itself from the inside"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    out of town. nice building

    Cons

    new management fighting old management.


  7. "Administrative Professional"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits. International Company

    Cons

    Can't think of any. Good company


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    "Results orientated organizaton"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in New Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in New Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Thermo Fisher Scientific is a well run company striving for continual improvement. TMO is results orientated striving to be one of the most admired companies. There is a strong focus on customer satisfaction numbers. If you product line is growing it can be a very pleasant place to work.

    Cons

    A less pleasant place to work when sales targets are not being met. Needs to better understand what is required to be one of the most admired companies.

    Advice to Management

    Being one of the most admired companies needs more focus.


  9. "Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Senior Procurement Manager in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Procurement Manager in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Established company good benefits. Treats employees fairly. Close to home. Pay is fair. Great people to work with. Fun place to work

    Cons

    To structured . Does not provide clear growth path opportunities. Needs to promote employees from within. Management needs to communicate with employees more frequently

    Advice to Management

    Provide better growth opportunities


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Low points of Thermo Fisher Scientific"

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    Current Employee - Engineering in Scotts Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering in Scotts Valley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good commute relaxed work environment

    Cons

    No way to advance. Poor salary.

    Advice to Management

    Increase opportunities for employees


  11. "Global Opportunities"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Multiple divisions offering varying career opportunities.

    Cons

    Siloed culture. Growth though acquisition not innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in resources and research


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