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Thermo Fisher Scientific Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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  • Work life balance can be challenging with workload (in 101 reviews)

  • Being a public traded company, the bottom line is tantamount to upper management who get serious monies for their efforts (in 59 reviews)

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  1. "Not the most employee friendly organization"

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    Former Employee - Industrial Account Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Industrial Account Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fairly stable. Will acquire profitable companies.

    Cons

    Problems with delivery with my Division that just got worse over the years. Weren't meeting customer needs.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on meeting customer's needs and on-time delivery.


  2. Helpful (10)

    "Do NOT recommend"

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    Former Employee - Scientist in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Scientist in Pleasanton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nothing positive to say about the company

    Cons

    Worked for the company 12 years. At the end of my service didn't get even a proper goodbye. No potluck,no lunch out with the group,no card , no even a formal announcement in front of everyone! Nothing ! Just silence after 12 years of hard work. Having a Masters Degree, I hasn't been promoted even once. Most likely because I'm an immigrant and this company has a lot of political, or better to say- racist games. 90% of workers are Asians and they promote only their community. Very much factory environment, people with Masters degree make just a little above minimum range.

    Advice to Management

    Treat all races with respect. Promote people. Bring salaries to the standard level for biotech companies.

  3. "Territory Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great benefits, great management, relatively easy job

    Cons

    lack of coordination with other divisions, customer confusion because they don't know what group to go to for what products.. a bit intimidating to the consumer

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work


  4. "Sr. Research Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A large company in scientific instrumentation and lab supplies. Thermo is growing in medical, diagnostics and life science. benefits of knowledge sharing in a big company, a lot of job opportunity within the company

    Cons

    Low pay increase every year (2%) for employees compared to huge total pay packages for top management. a lot of layoff and consolidation due to its continuous acquisitions and expansion in life science and medical field.


  5. "Great company, lot of moving parts"

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    Current Employee - Field Applications Scientist in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Field Applications Scientist in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to move into different positions, responsibilities

    Cons

    Massive company, lot less visibility


  6. "Bay Area Biotech Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Safety for the employee comes first, involved in local community charities and events, large network for growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Very corporate, at times one can get lost in the shuffle. Motto is Do More with Less. Productivity and cost savings are the norm often getting in way of updating systems and investing in employees.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Typical Corporate Culture"

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    Former Employee - Finance in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Finance in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exposure to senior management
    Innovative products
    Industry leader

    Cons

    Work / Life balance
    Difficult to move around even though they say its easy
    Tedious processes

    Advice to Management

    Put more emphasis on value ad work as opposed to going through the motions for the sake of producing a report that may not even be utilized. Provide more formal feedback rather than just 2 times per year.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Work load high"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time

    Pros

    6 % 401 K match

    Cons

    For the past 3 years, they have been laying of people at san jose site and increasing the work load on the people left. People are also voluntarily leaving. They encourage work-life balance but they really dont. Not sure what the Management is up to.


  9. "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.


  10. "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%


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