AbbVie Reviews

Updated 16 October 2014
Updated 16 October 2014
104 Reviews
3.2
104 Reviews
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Richard A. Gonzalez
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits including pension plan, work-life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Great Benefits, Competitive Salary, Sr management involvement (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • High workloads adversely impacts work-life balance across multiple functions (in 8 reviews)

  • As in all Pharma, can be some red tape to get through when trying to make changes e (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Politics. Politics. And more internal politics.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AbbVie full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some pleasant individuals.
    Pay is good.
    Good onsite facilities.
    Generally good physical environment
    Lots of techno-toys to play with

    Cons

    Highly political.
    Insular and conservative pharma long-termers.
    Insane number of pointless meetings. Lots of time wasted for no good reason.
    Brainwashing.
    Bit middle-brow. Don't expect too much intellectual stimulation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Customers seem somewhat secondary to the core business of pleasing internal stakeholders.
    Corporate yet strangely uncommercial.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great culture change, smart people.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Specialist Sales Representative in North Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Specialist Sales Representative in North Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at AbbVie full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, progressive culture change. Keeps the end game of the patient focus always in sight even in the back room of business.

    Cons

    The location of its headquarters in Waukegan or North Chicago is really the only downfall in my opinion.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work, but they are outsourcing everything.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at AbbVie full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    My co-workers are friendly and knowledgeable. It is a good place to work if you are looking for short-term employment.

    Cons

    Everything is being outsourced and they and they have purchased Shire as a tax inversion, so the corporate offices and other areas will be relocating to Ireland.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Executive management needs to insure that the lower level managers are not straying from the corporate strategy. They also need to be honest with their employees about the move to Ireland and the head-count involved in the upcoming downsizing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Wonderful culture, great development opportunities

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AbbVie full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Supportive culture, focus on improving company through improving team working, recognising strengths and weaknesses, how best to work with colleagues, good opportunities for improving skills. Embedding patient centricity as core to all decisions, innovative thinking rewarded.

    Cons

    As in all Pharma, can be some red tape to get through when trying to make changes e.g. implementing digital campaigns, but this is definitely improving.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Great place and envoriment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Instrument Technician in Barceloneta, PR (US)
    Former Employee - Instrument Technician in Barceloneta, PR (US)

    I worked at AbbVie full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great place, great culture. Great benefits for the regular employees.

    Cons

    No opportunities. I work there as a contract and have to leave because there where no chance for me to get a permanent job. New openings already have names, like for family and friends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better treatment and opportunities for temporary and contractor employees.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    All hat,no cattle!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukegan, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukegan, IL (US)

    I have been working at AbbVie as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Within Regulatory IT, there are good people to work with. The pay is good and the group allows a flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Terrible support from upper management. No strategic vision for department growth or mentoring for employees. "Squeaky wheel" business partner will always get the attention. Stop, drop and roll is the norm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees in RA IT!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Corporate America

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AbbVie full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits: Pension, 401K matching, profit sharing, industry competitive salary, stock performance
    Culture: Strides at improvement thru employee surveys. Strong values and ethics
    Career Opportunities: Available if willing to relocate to Illinois.

    If you are able to play the corporate game, you will succeed here!

    Cons

    Leadership: Some great managers and some terrible managers
    Promotion in current position: No set criteria for promotion. Self-promotion and relationship with manager supersedes performance.
    Promotion to new position: Many are been pre-selected. Networking valued over performance.
    Work-Life: Technology improvements. Budget and headcount decline = do more with less.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great culture.....on paper!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AbbVie full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are great and the team I work with is creative, collaborative, easy going and professional. My manager is very supportive, but he reports into senior management that is very tactical and can't see a vision if it hit them in the face.

    Cons

    It's probably the area I'm in but I feel like I'm living in the 70s. The technology solutions we provide are outdated and there is a general fear of technology and people's ability to adapt. Very political and uninspiring place to work. High performance is not rewarded. There are rigid rules around promotions and hiring.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Trying desperately to establish itself apart from Abbott.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in North Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Marketing in North Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at AbbVie full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some nice people. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Very political and cliquish. Very trapped in excessive red tape and bureaucracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please work on advancing the right people and on fostering an transparent environment that rewards removing the red tape.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist II in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Scientist II in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at AbbVie full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very good benefits and compensation.

    Cons

    Slow in implementing changes and often leads to unhappy employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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