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AbbVie Reviews

Updated 18 January 2018
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AbbVie Chairman & CEO Richard A. Gonzalez
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  • Work-life balance is kinda limited (in 64 reviews)

  • No work life and balance unless you are working in the office, you will be stuck here on weekends when its needed which can be alot sometimes (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Strong patient and change focus"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AbbVie full-time

    Pros

    Patients really at the heart of everything. Some great people working to keep AbbVie ahead of the game.

    Cons

    Not always agile - sometimes a bit bureaucratic

    Advice to Management

    Continue to trust you have good people and expertise around you.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Bullying culture"

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Specialist in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Former Employee - Senior Account Specialist in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AbbVie full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good package but not worth the bullying culture, I am struggling with cons other than they have good products and really good sales people shame they can’t retain them

    Cons

    Bullying culture and ineffective management , if your face fits culture . Horrendous management with zero people skills which was reflected in the GPTW survey

    Advice to Management

    Stop the if your face fits culture and stop managing out good employees


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Bullying culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    New to industry opportunities and you get to work with some incredible people in a fast paced environment.

    Cons

    I refused to sign off an inappropriate brand campaign, which could harm patients and was subsequently managed out of my role, despite being the therapy area expert for years. Money is more important to this company then patients and they'll happily bleed communities dry to improve their sales. The culture is a hierarchy of power with fear and intimidation for those who question why or just say no. It's a miserable life and you will get bullied.

    Advice to Management

    Whistleblower process and protection.

    AbbVie Response

    30 Nov 2017 – Talent Acquisition

    At AbbVie, we hold our employees and our vendors to the highest standards of honesty, fairness, integrity, and the law. Extensive policies and procedures are put in place to ensure safety and quality... More


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Glad to be out"

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    Former Employee - Commercial
    Former Employee - Commercial
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AbbVie full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There aren't many pros except for the fact that they have deep pockets for resources.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy limits what can be done.
    Morale is poor as management have started to performance manage the staff in preparation of losing its key product patent.
    Very process and task driven, little effort is made to look after its people.

    Advice to Management

    Culture, certainly in the UK affiliate needs to drastically change.


  6. "employee > 8 years service"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AbbVie full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Consistently achieves great place to work accolades top Irish Pharma companies

    Cons

    Alot of travel required for certain jobs


  7. "Great company but great GM lost to the competition."

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    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good working environment.
    Huge transformation in working culture in the last 3-years.
    Definitely on the right track but LOE on big product to manage.

    Cons

    Losing the U.K. GM was a MASSIVE loss to Abbvie.
    If the company are really serious about having the top leadership talent on board, he should never have been allowed to leave Abbvie...

    Advice to Management

    Ensure you don't lose our best people!!!


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Difficult middle management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AbbVie full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Difficult to find a positive

    Cons

    Too much politics and

    Advice to Management

    Don't lose the best people to "office politics"


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Could be so much better...."

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    Former Employee - Commercial in Maidenhead, England
    Former Employee - Commercial in Maidenhead, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at AbbVie full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people across the affiliate
    Truly trying to put the patient at the centre of everything they do
    Great UK Office - inspires creativity and innovation

    Cons

    Horrendous work life balance for certain functions that just was not ever acknowleged or addressed
    Promotions go to the wrong people and regularly are just announced without being advertised internally
    Not agile despite trying to shed previous Abbott "big pharma" roots - too many layers of process and decision makeing to get even the smallest things done

    Advice to Management

    Challenge directors and senior managers to really invest in developing people. I regularly did not have managers taking any interest in my development for year-long periods. Does not make you feel valued.
    Better diagnose the work-life balance issues in certain functions and address this with increased headcount
    Take interest in why long-servers are leaving. I worked for Abbott/Abbvie for more than 8 years and didnt even have a leavers discussion/interview


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Field Sales Role"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AbbVie (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Blockbuster drug, strong pipeline, some highly-skilled and experienced employees, great office and canteen, attractive pension scheme (final-salary for existing employees only), private healthcare, well-staffed and resourced, great IT equipment provided.

    Cons

    Far too many egos, too much bureaucracy, unfair pay, poor bonus potential, mid-level management not great, lack-of transparency, people 'disappear' with no explanation!

    Advice to Management

    More fairness and consistency in financial reward and pay. Be transparent with people on the ground and listen to them. Get rid of the 'dead wood' that is dragging down the culture and address the 'big egos' that are halting innovation and growth.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Sincere efforts to be the best, commercially and culturally"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maidenhead, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Inclusive, welcoming and emotionally intelligent culture. Stated and demonstrated ethos of patient centricity. Honest efforts to take feedback and change accordingly. Committed to developing people and helping them to grow.

    Cons

    Heavy workload. Individual success more dependent on personal relationships than work excellence. Inconsistency in how some flexible working processes are applied which leads to distrust. Career opportunities limited unless you can relocate.

    Advice to Management

    Drive for consistency and don't assume that what you are telling your directors and managers to do is actually being done. Life is not being lived the same way in all teams but strong feeling that to speak up puts your own head on the line.


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