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Thermo Fisher Scientific San Jose Reviews

Updated March 18, 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. "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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "meh"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexibility, great work-life balance, occasionally interesting projects, some good people to work with.

    Cons

    lack of vision and organization. constant layoffs. confusing/confused middle management.

    Thermo Fisher Scientific Response

    Feb 21, 2017 – Content Specialist

    Thanks for taking the time to leave this review. Our employees are actively engaged in the work they are doing as they continue to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer ... More


  3. "Culture of R&D job"

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    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They are OK with radical ideas as far as R&D projects especially product developments . They are also willing to spend money on it

    Cons

    Maybe the pay is not as good as high tech but it is steady


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  5. "Seek the truth."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Representative in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Representative in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You get to work with a lot of bright individuals where you are constantly learning from one another. They offer various remote positions.

    Cons

    Their is no work-life balance. You have to be able to work a lot, including weekends just to show that you actually do care about the company regardless of how many weekends you've worked already. Pay is not as good as you would hope.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring managers that care about themselves and stop letting go of managers that actually do care about the business, and not just for personal gains.

    Thermo Fisher Scientific Response

    Feb 21, 2017 – Content Specialist

    Thank you for taking the time to leave this review. We take constructive criticism very seriously. Employees are dedicated to our mission and know their work has a direct impact on the world’s ... More


  6. "Thermo is a good employer but expects a lot for little reward"

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    Current Employee - Field Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Field Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Large Company, Company recognition, local, scientific, good products

    Cons

    lack of support, no way up the ranks, poor pay

    Advice to Management

    hire from within the company to fill leader/manager positions


  7. Helpful (2)

    "No insights and no future."

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    Former Employee - XOXO in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - XOXO in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large organization, good benefits. Good technologies and a lot of great people to learn from.

    Cons

    Low salaries, too much bureaucracies, useless rules and processes. Welling to spend 100K to save $50 or outsource a system to save $10 off $1000, but not give employees a good raise. PMD (annual review) is useless, frustrating and demeaning. Management will always find a way to not give a raise or give a mediocre raise.

    Advice to Management

    Give your employees a say in their job. Listen to useless survey results and stop wasting money on no so important issues. Concentrate on employees, not just saving money.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Business Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lot of challenging business opportunities to learn from.
    Large global footprint business-wise but small IT team. Therefore lot of cross functional knowledge to gain and collaborate on.
    Very aggressive Organization. Lot of M&As and hence environment is almost always dynamic.
    You will be given opportunities to work on different technologies irrespective of your previous association of other technologies.
    Good collaborative teams.
    Good benefits package with 1-1 match on 401(k) upto 6% from beginning of your employment. 5% discount on ESPP. STD, LTD, Life insurance, Medial, Dental and Vision insurances at industry standard. They do not provide RSUs.
    PTO is also negotiable at your initial job offer. Typically give 15 days for the first year. There are two floating holidays apart from the standard national holidays.

    Cons

    Fresh graduates(especially MBA) are straightaway got into management roles via their OLDP program irrespective of zero experience which is good for University graduates but not for the people already working with years of experience who have to report to the fresh graduates.

    Very tough to get promoted.

    Career development or growth is only good for certain roles. Not uniform application all over the board.

    Lack of transparent communication. Typical corporate political environment.

    HR is there just for the namesake and admin work. More of a Rubber-stamp unit.
    Salaries are subject to your initial negotiation but typically paid on the lower end of spectrum for the industry standard.

    Advice to Management

    Please promote your valuable experienced resources in equal proportion to bringing in the OLDP graduates to the management positions.

    Please be more transparent about your communications to your employees. Employees would want to hear from you directly than through office rumors.

    Please apply the career growth plan uniformly across the board using the same measuring parameters.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Thermo Fisher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have decent discounts for employees

    Cons

    The downside to This company is communication, there is very little communication between departments as well as People that loaf off all day


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The technology is awesome as is the application.

    Cons

    Too much political infighting causing projects to get canceled frequently. Rudderless.

    Advice to Management

    Get better at portfolio management.


  11. "Be careful"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice technology and some good engineer

    Cons

    Lot of politics, poor pay, management only concern the P/L bottom line.
    The old timers were layoff and fresh new associate are taken over many positions

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees well, listen to us and pay well



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