Extremely toxic workplace overall.
Some people are nice, the majority play at office politics too much right down to the simple technician roles. Very bad for gossip, don’t make you feel very included.
Management might not as well exist. Management gives tasks without explanation and give out when the employee does not understand their task. If an employee performs very well, the management takes full credit for the performance and the employee’s is attributed to the team, I.e. the guidance of management. Management is also very headstrong, will always put the blame of the employee and never listen to employees. Management also provides no training in their teams, and are always busy with meetings.
Training, as mentioned is not provided. Employees are expected to read over 300 SOPs in a single month and sign off on them and fully understand them having never set foot in a lab. When new employees approach management for help, management tells the employee that they are expected to fully understand everything and if they have questions to know where to find answers in SOPs even though the employee does not understand the SOPs.
The pay is abysmal, not competitive with any other pharma giant with management doing everything it can to ensure that employees receive as little a raise as possible.
Work life balance does not exist. Employees are swamped with tasks every day and do not have a life outside of work.
I was employed on a temporary contract, as an admin assistant with accounts payable. My duties included, printing off the emailed invoices, statements, dunning notes, purchase orders, goods received forms and shipping / courier / delivery documents for all purchases in all plants.
Sorting the documents into packages, firstly into the right plant sections, secondly into the right order (usually starting by the purchase order number followed by the invoice number then the dunning note and ending with the goods received docket.)
Finally delivery of the correct and complete package to the assigned person for payment.
Occasionally I would have to contact the suppliers requesting corrections to invoices ie: credit notes for VAT exempt or sometimes where the wrong purchase order numbers was quoted.
Quite often I would have to scan filed documents back to the plant / ware house, for various queries or audits.
Last but by no means least, the perfect filing of all documents, which was a huge task as the paper trail was enormous.
I really appriecate having had the experience in working in the corporate sector. Although being the last post of denfence I did at times feel slightly stressed. and over whelmed. A handbook on my main duties, would have been a huge benefit as I felt my supervisor didn't communicate very well due mainly to time constraints
I was hired on a contract basis for the summer of 2012. It was an amazing experience from day one - everyone made you feel welcome, showed an interest in you and were willing to offer their assistance when needed. The training was also first class and again, there was always someone to help when required. The work itself (assembly line) was quite repetitive but that being said, I didn't find it too bad as one would always be busy.
The money was very good also and there was often a few hours overtime going to supplement your pay which was brilliant as I was a student at the time.
The canteen was very clean and the food was usually very good and reasonably priced .
The work was shift work so if you worked mornings one week you would work evenings the next.
Overall, I would highly recommend Abbott as a company and I would only love to be back working there. On a less positive note, I felt that there was a huge power distance between supervisors and line workers. My observation was that there was a slight tint of arrogance among some of the supervisors(but maybe that was just me).
The work itself is grand but target driven. They only care about numbers. You can’t be ever sick or your punished for it with verbal warnings and written warnings. If your sick a day you lose out on pay rise at the start of the year. They recently took away overtime which was what helped my pay. Some people are more willing to work than others. They really need to look at pay as other companies are paying more. They don’t care about their employees financial difficulties with everything going up. No pay rise and no overtime is just unfair. Christmas bonus was only 100 euros voucher when the company next door got pay rise and 300 euros voucher and their excuse is they get no bonus but they do every 3 months ! Unfairly treated employees put under stress to earn little money. They could at least make overtime available to whoever wanted to do some !!!
ProsNone at the moment except bonus that your taxed too much on
For a just out of university young person it is a great starting point for manufacturing however with high turnover, relient people get saddled with so much extra work with almost no relief, recognition, or hope that someone competent will fill the role.
Trainers are expected to train & oversee on top of their own work with no extra pay. They are also pressured to sign people off before they may be ready. This leads to mistakes being made instead of prevented. When complex problems occur it's felt that we are not respected as workers. Our input barely matters and usually the blame is put on us.
Pay is fine for Longford for the moment but is not keeping up with industry or inflation.
At the end of the day it's a business and it's a numbers game. If you have a get in-get out mentality it's fine. Leave your hopes for making an impact and pride in your work at the door though.
If you're considering working for Abbott in Clonmel I'll let you in on what it's like in there. They will train you on one station and if you don't suit it then it's your fault, they have unrealistic targets which change depending on seemingly nothing, if you hit the incentive target management will increase it just so you don't get incentive. If you ask to go home sick they will look at you like you just killed their dog. This is the only Abbott site in Ireland without a union so good luck finding workers rights in this place. The hours and shift pattern turn you into nothing but a husk that they farm work out of. I have genuinely never felt so disgusted with how workers are treated. I watched an operator collapse to which a supervisor and a FIRST-AIDER began trying to pull them.back up to their feet by their arms to put them back to work. Avoid this place if you value your sanity, health and your happiness
Horrible work environment. Operators basic fortnightly €920 with shift rate . Bullying culture within management high turnover of staff . Massive amount of eastern Europeans who freely speak amongst themselves with no repercussions from management which causes friction. Overtime is constantly being run on Saturdays chance to earn extra money if needed. Long nights 4.20 to 1 am which is every second week . Monotonous work little station rotation. Toothless hr team they will not help staff with any bullying complaints against upper management and supervisors. A very nasty hostile environment is to be expected if u choose abbott clonmel . Also general morale is atrocious worst ive ever witnessed.extremely strict rules on holiday time . Expect not to receive a lot of time that u asked for
Like any job it is what you make it. If you want the opportunity to progress in your career it is there for you. Great training and development opportunities. Opportunity for your realistic ideas and process improvements to be tried. Yes there will be long hours at times but that is expected with the job. Great senior management team who want your input and want you to succeed. The only reason I gave four stars for management is that some junior managers may not be the best fit for the jobs they are in and that is down to their own character rather than lack of training or support from senior management. Good team communication and great culture. Great support services on site in terms of HR, training manager and facilities manager. Nice location and great canteen services.
ProsDevelopment opportunities, progression, training
Fun place to work in if you have masochistic tendencies.
If you are unemployed and are desperate for a job I would seriously ask you to think about working for this company. It is a large building , built with structural steel and glass, and it is within this building that the work is done. I learned that manners and common courtesy are foreign concepts amoung Irish people, and I learned that amoung factory workers there are a remarkable number of gosfords.The hardest part of the job was listening to the inane conversations about football or the filthy talk about s.. during eight hour shifts. Management were a total bunch of ticks, the most enjoyable memory of the job for me was the night a water pipe burst in the ceiling above the clean room and we all had to be sent home.
Abbott Vascular is one of the best by far when it comes to colleague interaction. The job can contain a lot of learning and everybody is always helpful when you are in need of information. Abbott drive a strict and robust work place which entails you to be efficient, determined and ambitious. With the help of my colleagues, we have successfully overcome production obstacles on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. I've built up excellent interpersonal skills because of communicating with support staff, supervisors and managers.You aspect you may find difficult is that you may have to move station at any moment which can make it difficult to your routine but knowing it is the best decision for the whole line makes it worth while.
It has been 12 years since I worked for Abbott so things have most likely changed.
I have fond memories of Abbott Laboratories as it was my first real job out of college. I worked for Abbott for almost 15 years beginning in the laboratory and eventually moving to the Legal Department. I had a tremendous sense of pride working for a Fortune 100 company straight our of college as back in the early 90's the job market was not good for college grads. Back then it seemed like the company was near impervious to the bad economy. Stock was strong and I was making more money than my contemporaries. I eventually left realizing that that myth of staying with the same company for so long is good for your resume and shows loyalty. I was wrong. Salary increases are better when you change jobs periodically. For me, I was stuck in the corporate yearly pay raise cycle so my incremental salary increases were nominal over time. The only thing that made it worth while was the 401k and the profit sharing program. This was the only thing that separated Abbott from all of my other jobs during my career. I saw lower middle class people move to the upper middle class riding the share price and growing with the company. Secretaries and janitors would retire with considerable nest eggs. It was amazing. Almost an even trade: you dedicate your life to Abbott and they will take care of you. I have not seen anything like it since. The price was heavy for some though. Bright stars would
Pros401k/profit sharing - on site cafeteria (at HQ)
ConsAll the corporate cliche's perfectly shown in Office Space - Incompetent/Unapproachable management.
In charge of a team of sales & marketing personnels, which include 1 Product Manager, 1 Sales Manager and 5 Sales executives, solely dedicated to sell immunology and renal range of products of Abbott Laboratories.
i) Differentiate Humira (last to market in the anti-TNF category) against available direct competitors and create barrier for future competitors entry
a. Conduct competitive SWOT analysis for Humira against the market and provide superior product differentiation
b. Re-emphasize and localization of messaging based on unique differentiation in the mind of the physician
c. Launch “Humira Imaging” campaign with MOH and Malaysia Rheumatology Society to create barrier for future competitors as well as to ensure loyalty amongst rheumatologist to Humira. Humira Imaging campaign has proven to be a success as a loyalty program among Rheumatologists of Malaysia
ii) Identify gaps and provide solution to close the gaps to bring Humira as the market leader in anti-TNF therapy
a. Identify the perception of physicians towards Humira and needs of physicians in their rheumatology practices.
b. Tailor made Humira messages towards providing solution towards physician needs – Individualized detailing and messaging techniques
c. Humira is currently the market leader in anti-TNF therapy
iii) Re-initiate listing of Humira into MOH formulary
a. Identify the flaws and failures of previous MOH listing of Humira
b. Re-initiate listing of Humira in MOH formul
ProsEveryone is performance based, good support from top management and subordinates
ConsCompensation plan not at par with industry benchmark
A challenging and engaging Consumer Relations position that pushes my boundaries, requires the best customer service and developed my sales skills
While working at Abbott Nutrition, I have realized that I desire a career where my work can not only have a direct effect on people’s lives, but can improve the quality of their lives as well.
Currently, I am a Quality Coordinator for Abbott Nutrition within the Feeding Expert department where I have exceeded expectations in several categories for this department in 2012. My job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Displaying excellent verbal and written communication skills that enhance customer satisfaction with the highest level of customer service they receive.
• Identifying and documenting all Level I, II, and III complaints on all Abbott Nutrition Pediatric formula products, completely and accurately in the RPIC database system for reporting to the Food and Drug Administration and Abbott Nutrition Quality Assurance.
• Exhibiting leadership within the department by serving as a role model through interaction with other departments, supporting management’s direction and daily work responsibilities.
• Functioning as a proactive liaison and provide pertinent feedback to marketing groups, medical departments, field sales representatives, public affairs and quality assurance areas within Abbott Laboratories.
My colleagues are extremely bright, energetic individuals and I feel priveleged to call many of them my friends. We work well together and are always encouraging each other to go above and beyond in everything we do.
The most difficult
ProsMy position is engaging and challenging, I accomplished several goals and achievements in my department, There are terrific people in my department which makes everyday enjoyable, Workforce is incredibly flexible with scheduling, and the job description allows for great flexibility, achievement and growth, for which I have worked with sales, marketing, and several other departments
ConsMorale is not good and several professionals were laid off without being explained exactly why. Also, the environment can be noisy with vacuuming and climate control is not good.
I hired into Abbott Nutrition Columbus plant in June 2022 as an Electrician. The first 2 weeks were in a classroom doing orientation which was very informative. It’s rare for a company to invest as much time, money and effort into new hires as what Abbott does. I was impressed with that. Got a free pair of boots the first week and t-shirts to wear under the uniform. Learned a lot about the company and the process at Columbus plant.
I spent week 3 with other maintenance and electrician new hires going thru maintenance training. The guys doing the maintenance training were great. Week 3 with the maintenance trainers was a good experience for me.
Week 4 I was placed on on the floor. I hired in for the 2-2-3 12 hrs night shift but initially you are on day shift mon-Friday 8 hr days until they feel you are ready to go to your shift I guess. Once I was on the floor is when I started to regret taking this job. I hired in as an Electrician. I found out there were a couple mechanics(who are paid less) who wanted the electrician job. Instead of making a few mechanics electricians they hired me and 2 other guys. I believe this was the main reason behind the toxic atmosphere. These guys were already there and wanted the promotion to Electrician but instead the company hired us new guys and they had to stay as mechanics. I felt unwelcome by probably 80% of the maintenance guys mechanics and electricians. Some wouldn’t speak to me. Myself and other new guys were call
Ambiente de trabajo familiar con cultura de empresa
Abbott ha sido una excelente primera escuela para mi última experiencia, dónde he podido crecer al nivel profesional, teniendo responsabilidades a nivel estratégico y operativo, pero también al nivel personal, desarrollando soft kills y evolucionando en un ambiente de trabajo muy propicio a la mejora.
- un día típico en el trabajo
Lo primero de todo era saludar a todo el mundo y tomarnos un café. Luego se priorizaban las tareas urgentes, de las necesarias pero no urgentes, de las que había que hacer a lo largo de la semana. Todos los días eran diferentes según las necesidades de reuniones que teníamos, o los viajes o congresos planificados.
- lo que aprendí
Aprendí que solo no se llega tan lejos como gracias a un equipo que involucras y te involucra.
También, desarrollé capacidad de multitarea, siempre llegaba un proyecto urgente que no teníamos planificado, por lo cual no tienes otra manera de saber gestionar tu estrés y conseguir que todo salga, sin que afecte a los demás.
Por otro lado, aprendí que la paciencia es necesaria en todos los ámbitos, que sea para tener más proyectos, o tan solamente para observar los resultados de las acciones que hayas puesto en marcha meses anteriores (en este caso era sobre todo así al ser un sector lento, en el cual los prescriptores tardan en cambiar sus hábitos).
- la dirección/gerencia
He tenido la oportunidad de pasar de becaria a empleada, en este sentido solamente puedo agradecer a la dirección por haber reconocido es
Proscomedor, parking, móvil, portatil, muchos viajes.
ConsNo haber tenido coche de empresa (que solo se daba por contrato indefinido).
Day to day is repetitive and unfulfilling. Unless something breaks or something new happens, its the same old same old. I had to have an extensive resume and apply many many times to get my job here, and its severely underwhelming for the experience they require.
Management is the worst I've had in all my years in the workforce. There is a clearly defined line in the sand between salary and non-salary people. It is us against them, and they feed you a crock about how they "appreciate" you as a team, and then turn around and make every individual feel unimportant and unacknowledged unless you're a favorite. Policies seem to only apply to hourly or "non-exempt" employees. If you're salaried you can basically do as you please. Biggest example is holidays and the hypocrisy surrounding them. They act like they care about the individual but if you meet with them one-on-one, they talk around answers, or give you promises they can't keep or just don't bother pursuing.
Pay and raises are unfair and is the current topic of grief amongst everyone. New or old, experienced or not, it doesn't matter and there is no clear system or fair way they review you and increase your pay. People are job hunting and talking of leaving en masse, at this time. It all comes down to favorites. This place feels like its about to riot due to the recent raise/reviews.
It's like pulling teeth around here to try and advance or try to get your foot in the next door you wanna move to. Unless upper management
Good old boys club. Don't complain because they make your life worse and do nothing about the situation, this includes management.
To Whom This May Concern,
Per our conversation that we had last week on Tuesday where you stated that if I am unhappy about the way that Alere does things than I can just leave. And that I can forget about getting the day after Christmas off for Kwanzaa. It seems as though Ledgent and Alere want to replace me. Being denied a religious/cultural holiday off is against the law.
At the meeting that we all had together on Tuesday, November 26, 2013, the HR Director at Alere asked me to stay with Alere and work with the company through the transition to March 1, 2013. The Revenue Cycle Director also stated, “I will not fire you. You will fire yourself.”
I work very hard and do not take my breaks as I am anxious about leaving my desk or anything that I do. I get accounts paid, that if you work in the medical field, you know that is a huge accomplishment to have those companies pay claims. I can’t sleep at night and barely eat anymore because of the stress. My doctor noted by heart beat at 100BPM. He asked me why my heart was racing and I told him about work, being micromanaged and worried about getting days off of work. At the lunch last week on Wednesday, while talking with other team members, they were astonished by what I have to do stating that they do not get that type of treatment. As I am being honed in on it proves my previous concern that I voiced to you about being harassed. Being singled out, having things only apply to you and not everyone else is harassment.
Great Coworkers, Interesting Work, Slimy/Two-faced Management
The coworkers are the best part of the company, they are generally friendly, helpful, and cooperative. The work was mainly data analysis, protocol authorization and execution, experiment troubleshooting, data integrity checks, blood requisition, and bench studies. The job hours were 8am-5pm with a 1 hour lunch (unpaid) and two 15 minute breaks (paid).
The workload is fairly intense, there's stuff you'll have to do at home to finish on time. They'll tell you not to but realistically you have to for certain projects to stay on schedule. The salary was paid by a temporary agency and was ~$32/hour. Abbott doesn't really have an HR department so most of that of work is contracted out to temp agencies.
Word of warning: IF YOU ARE CONTRACT YOU CAN BE LAID OFF AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE AND ABBOTT IS NOT REQUIRED TO PROVIDE A REASON. I moved across the province to start work with the company at its Ottawa location. bout 3 months in I received a phone call after one of my shifts that I had been terminated. I was offered no explanation besides "it just doesn't seem like the right fit". I'm open to all kinds of criticism, I relish it because it is a learning opportunity and a chance to improve. However, at no point during my tenure was I ever informed about any dissatisfaction with my performance. Literally none. I worked my hardest for them, often during my own time at home and on weekends, in order to help the company achieve its goals as efficiently as possible. Not once was I ever
I can't speak about the laboratory sites outside of Santa Rosa, CA because I did not work at them. My review is about the Santa Rosa site called Redwood Toxicology. I was a temporary employee so I got paid more than the company employees. I don't recommend working at the Santa Rosa site because they are understaffed and because of that they overwork you. I would always work 12+ hours. The most I have worked was 15 hours. Every shift is bad but the first and second shift is run a lot smoother. Graveyard shift is the worst because we aren't just understaffed with laboratory technicians, we are understaffed in every department especially the data entry department which is the most important department because we can't start our work until they are done with theirs. I would come in at 10pm and I won't start until 3:00am because I have to wait for the data entry department. In the morning shift, we were told to only do 3 batches, but I was doing 5 or 6 in the graveyard shift and management knows about this, but they do not care. Lister the manager is the worst because if you tell her about the issues that you are having, she acts like she doesn't care. I went to go talk to her about the problems on the graveyard shift, everyone warned me about her, but I did not believe them until I told her the problems we were having during the night, and she just told me that my work was easy, so I just quit. I can't believe she said our work is easy, but yet she does not want to show up during
Prosthe laboratory technicians are nice.
Consmanagement. Overworked, understaffed, mandatory overtime and no work life balance.
Company with a long history struggling in the present
I have been with this company for many years and though you get interesting and sometimes enjoyable work to do, career growth is limited in general. Grade promotion came with a job change to another division. There are people who have been in the same role and same grade level for a decade or more. Basically, little to no emphasis on career growth or people development. Management are generally good at managing the work but not really with people skills/development. The career growth path is not clear for many positions. Those who progress up typically have connections or play the political game very well or hop from division to division. Very few progress on meritocracy. Those who are frustrated with no growth after many years either bury it in silence just to have a constant. predictable paycheck or leave.
Co-workers are fairly competent. Minorities in leadership positions are very rare so the facade of a diverse workforce only extends to the lower grade workers and even the representation at that level looks relatively low for a company headquartered in the general Chicago area.
There is a lot of demand on one's time and the stress can be immense. However, it is possible to learn a lot if you push the boundaries of your day-to-day role. The hardest thing now is the environment - the general feeling of instability. Lay-offs are becoming the order of the day and the degrading job security, compared to prior years, is resulting in a tense somewhat fearful atmosphere. Th
ConsRisk Averse, Low Career Growth, Low job security, Unclear value system
Questions and answers about Abbott Laboratories
What are shifts like? is there weekend work , whens the latest you would finish etc.
Asked 22 Nov 2018
Midnight as an Engineer
Answered 30 Jun 2022
Awful, your always tired
Too much overtime
Answered 3 Mar 2022
How are the working hours at Abbott?
Asked 21 Oct 2017
2 cycle shift
Answered 24 Jun 2022
Long shifts miniscule breaks.
Answered 9 Jun 2022
How did you get your first interview at Abbott?
Asked 27 May 2021
Answered 27 Oct 2022
Applied on website
Answered 11 Jul 2022
What tips or advice would you give to someone interviewing at Abbott?
Asked 20 Aug 2020
Learn about the company
Answered 24 Jun 2022
Don’t go to the interview please do not go just leave the county and don’t come back
Answered 20 Aug 2020
What is the work environment and culture like at Abbott?
Asked 17 Dec 2019
It depends, one supervisor is really good at acknowledging peoples hard work but then others couldn't even care
Answered 8 Jan 2022
Yes, yearly reviews to set goals and reward efforts.
I was promoted due to volunteering/ helping with side projects