Thermo Fisher Scientific

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Large company with the usual pros and cons

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Current Employee - European Applications Specialist  in  Cambridge, East of England, England
Current Employee - European Applications Specialist in Cambridge, East of England, England

I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

Big company, generally secure in this climate, for the most part I work with a fantastic group of people!!

Cons

Red tape, overstretched in places, managment often seems to take the 50,000ft view - forgetting those people at the "coal face".

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Spend some time with the sales team - talk, and listen to their views.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Some great people in this firm.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Loughborough, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Loughborough, England

    I worked at Thermo Fisher Scientific as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Good team atmosphere, with permanent and temporary workers all included. Sharing ideas is encouraged. Lots of humour, some really fun personalities. Most vacancies are circulated internally first. Much more focus on solving issues than blaming individuals. A free weekly "happy bus" into Loughborough.

    Cons

    Policy says temps must be let go after ten months. Little long term opportunity for anyone outside the science/ lab background. Archaic systems in places, some of the work is very dull. Some "cubicle mentality". Many employees say "obviously" about twelve times an hour. Until Christmas 2012 everyone has to eat lunch in a tent (canteen space being used for a special project).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider whether retaining trained experienced temps for longer is worthwhile. Senior management could be a bit more accessible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Fiscally conservative monopoly in the scientific instrumentation, equipment, consumables, and services space.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Thermo Fisher Scientific full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    If you want to gain an understanding of the how to effectively run an organization, then a management position within Thermo Fisher Scientific is a great place to develop experience. There is minimal appetite for risk. The tendency is for the executive team to react swiftly and decisively to any plan "misses." This is a 'pro' in that the organization in total maintains consistently healthy, un-remarkable performance regardless of economic climate.

    Cons

    If you are not tapped as a high potential, or consistent "clear-strength" performer on reviews you will not reach the executive level. The issue with this approach is that stretch goals and "at-standard" performance will effectively remove you from consideration for advancement. The Performance Management Development process is often "gamed" to the point that it is almost impossible to utilize historical reviews as indicators of future performance.

    An additional "con" is the mentality of the implied perpetual layoff. This means that the bottom 10% is consistently being culled from the ranks and at any given time should the annual plan become at risk then broader staff reductions occur.

    The last major con is the amount of dysfunction between the financial and CRM systems associated with the different business units. No apparent effort exists to solve for the train wreck of data and systems. Root cause is simply that the company is a collection of brands (often former competitors) whose leadership is incentivized to achieve their own specific growth target. While lip service is paid to the Customer Allegiance Score (CAS), the customer's perspective or needs are a distant thought when it comes to meeting profit targets. This happens because true comprehensive competition for the entire suite of products and services doesn't exist and the customer has no choice other than to accept the goods or services offered and priced in the manner that suits the business unit or division.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While no true comprehensive competitor exists today the separate divisions of the company will ultimately introduce their own level of internal competition and the resulting dysfunction will create openings for future alternatives.

    The executive level is compensated at rates that are significantly higher than the "doers." The company could perform much better if more opportunities to spread the benefit of growth or high performance exists. Turnover at the lowest ranks hinders the ability to achieve plans.

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    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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