Abbott Employee Reviews about "upper management"

Updated 14 Jul 2020

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Dont get sucked in"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Service Specialist in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Abbott full-time

    Pros

    Global company with good visions

    Cons

    - Septic culture - Promise of growth but unless you are part of the "boys club" you will either be forced to leave/quit or pull your head in - Upper management bullying incessant - HR part of the problem - Leave if you don't like it mentality - No respect for Australian employment law. - Ignorance is bliss mentality - Current high turn over due to septic culture, - Failure to perform in upper management mean promotion if part of the "boys club"

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  2. Helpful (7)

    "Unstable, long hours with good career prospects"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Sydney
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Abbott full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    As of November 2016 three are lots of open positions at mid-management level in many countries. The company is open to relocate employees with the appropriate skills. No "pointing fingers" culture, non-authoritative management, there's overall very good relationship between peers, up & down the management chain in all divisions Many employees remaining in the company have 10+ years of experience, meaning there's load of knowledge to tap on. Good non-salary benefits, eg gym on many facilities, car leasing & home loans @ lower rates Nice head-office (Sydney) with loads of space. Flexible work-hours

    Cons

    Relocation to other countries receive a one-time relocation bonus to cover 2-3 months of settling down. Salaries are readjusted to the local currency, so one might actually lose salary depending on exchange rates. Abbott has been playing corporate chess, buying and selling large companies creating a snowball effect of day to day operations. As a consequence, employees have ridiculous hours (50-60+ /week at least 2/3 of the time) due to major transformations, lack of proper processes and not enough staff. On top of this, lots of outsourcing happened in the last 3 years. More than 2/3 of local back-office and 1/3 commercial employees were fired (displaced is the jargon used) and replaced with cheaper workers in India & Philipines. Due to this, morale is low and although older employees are approachable and helpful they are also tired and demotivated or just simply passive. This situation will continue in 2017 as Abbott just bought ST Jude, a very large healthcare company with large presence in Australia and many countries. Career path is not clear and one can stay in the same job on the same salary for many years with no more than CPI readjustments. (allowances are not CPI readjusted). Senior management plays communication by the Corporate book which is very USA oriented and not culturally adequate for Australia. Most employees don't believe on what upper management says.

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  3. "Track is changed & going towards downfall"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Development Manager in Mumbai
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Abbott full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Timely appraisal. Fair & transparency in appraisal, Zonal Manager Mr Asad Mustafa never works with you nor supports. Some HR policies like 5 days parental leave, Cab reimbursement for late field working females, Abbott points which can use for gift voucher/mediclaim topups. Alternate Saturday holiday.

    Cons

    No brain storming by Marketing team. Lack for innovative thinking but aiming market beating growth. Nil support from upper management. Unethical sales practices at territory level. Unstable rather volatile upper management (MD & Directors). MNC tag but not following code of business conduct. Using mainly/only marketing gimmicks for product sales.

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  4. "Okay place to work."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlottesville, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Abbott full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Fun job, good people to work with for the most part.

    Cons

    Pay is way lower than the national average. Upper management makes choices that negatively effect most departments.

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  5. "Boring Workplace"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Abbott full-time

    Pros

    Healthy nutritious food Office timings

    Cons

    Upper management is not supportive

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Very Little Advancement Opportunity"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer in Plymouth, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Abbott full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    + Work/Life Balance + Interesting Products and technology + Decent benefits + Decent PTO

    Cons

    - Management - Upper Management - Compensation - Favoritism / Politics - Career Advancement

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  7. "ok place"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Abbott full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    benefits, work environment, coworkers, pay

    Cons

    schedule, management, overall compensation, upper management

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  8. "Great place to work but less clue on roadmap"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Design Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Abbott for more than a year

    Pros

    Loved working with all my teammates. Great working culture.

    Cons

    There is disconnect between upper management and employees at the bottom.

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  9. "Good Company with bad people"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Territory Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Abbott full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good company name, innovative products and the pipeline.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, upper management team is not doing good for the name of the company. There is no support from the management team, when it is required. They turn their heads away, as soon as you ask for help. There are lots of talking behind ones back with politics. I have heard comments like, "it is your job and you should figure out" or "you are as good as your last quarter". Targets are never discussed with field team and more of it is quite stretched and unrealistic. There was a year the whole entire field team of the division couldn't hit their individual numbers. There are stories about people have been asked to keep quiet by paying them lump sums.

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "What was once a great department to work for is no more"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postmarket Surveillance in Sylmar, CA
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Abbott full-time

    Pros

    - Great company overall - A really good department to get footing in the industry - Good facility and great benefits - People in the department are nice to work with

    Cons

    - Upper management doesn't seem to care much for work life balance. The work/life balance has really declined over the past few months. All they care about is meeting metrics without proper compensation for the amount of overtime worked. - Poor implementation of new processes. This further worsens the workload put on people. The reallocation or resources isn't properly thought out and at the end of the day puts stress on the entire department. - Understaffed and people are consistently leaving due to poor management.

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