Canada & Latin America Finance Manager (Current Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 25 February 2019
Company is very productive with lean team size and each individual is clear for their objective and goals. Also, the company has a very professional workplace where well organized and support respective teams.
I only worked there shortly as I had moved and needed to relocate for my then once small daughter. It was dry time of position with plenty of repetitive tasks. The environment was cold and a lack of team spirit and support.
Lead Hand/Supervisor (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 19 January 2019
I worked her for 17 years. I was laid off due to restructuring. In other words I was there too long and mad too much money. They get rid if their mos. experience operators just to save money. But the quality is effected in the cartridge making. Don’t waste your time or energy here. They will make I seem like a great place to work but will let you go with a blink of an eye. Part time people never get hired full time.
Machine Operator (Former Employee) – Ottawa – 20 November 2018
This location is the most toxic environment you could be in. The anxiety has cause numerous people to take stress leave. They claim to be about quality and saving lives, bottom line is always money. Night shift's are invisible to managent. They treat their new employees horribly, because they've let go most senior members; some with 10, 15, 20 yrs experience, and now hire contract employees and a fraction of the pay and ignore you. DO NOT WORK HERE IT! THEY SUCK OUT YOUR SOUL!
Channel Development Manager (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 18 May 2018
A typical day at Abbott Labs was an opportunity to interact with peers and colleagues to share ideas and learnings, it involved pressure on getting the task done but at the same time had moments in which you can explore new ideas and build on best practices.
Fuel, Lunch, Medical were covered as part of your compensation package
Operator Technician (Former Employee) – Ottawa – 8 December 2017
Good people to work with. Very poor management. Very hiarchy oriented. Lots of problems for every solution. They hire a lot of contract workers since they don't really care about their front line employees. Let them go as needed after using their services. You are just a number.
Abbott made sure that employees were treated well.
Manager, Business Systems (Former Employee) – Montréal, QC – 2 November 2017
Abbott had many interesting projects on the go. I enjoyed working with the people in Canada as well as those at HO in Chicago who were always interested in contributing to our projects in Canada and not dictating what had to be done.
Technical Support (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 26 October 2017
The Abbott brand, is nothing but an illusion. What they say they value and what they actually value is completely different. Quality, safety, innovation, opportunity, loyalty is all trumped by one thing and that's their bottom line and maintaining the status quo. The more profits they make, greedier they get. They value their shareholders more than their own employees. They let go hard working dedicated veterans to hire unexperienced contractors for half the cost and if you are hired through an agency, you will be treated as third class. If you are night shift, you might as well be invisible. They do not value anyones opinion unless you are part of the management team or a highly educated engineer even if you do have the right answers. Half the management team is incompetent and only care about making themselves look good no matter who they have to throw under the bus. The other half have no choice but to follow what is asked of them and spend to much time defending the bad ones. They will never admit fault or take responsibility for their own actions. They like to start new projects but no one ever follows through anything.
If you just want a steady paycheck and and go home after your shift, this might be a good place to work. But if you want to make something of yourself and value integrity and honesty, this isn't for you.
Decent salary, good benefits, stock options and valuable education for those who qualify.
Lab Operator III (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 19 September 2017
Abbott is a great place to work in general, the managers are competent and appreciate their team members. The workload was well-balanced and there are opportunities for overtime in most positions. The culture is mostly positive, with the ability to learn from specialists in a variety of fields.
There are issues with them using temporary staffing agencies and those do not provide good benefits. They also tend to move staff around between departments, especially if you are in the lower positions, so the job you are hired for is not necessarily what you will be doing day-to-day. Also, you may be required to move to a different department/job in order to get hired officially by Abbott (and getting benefits) as opposed to working as a temp.
Manager (Current Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 11 July 2017
Over the last 2 years, the common theme around the the office is "you never thought it could get worse but it does". Bringing in people from other Abbott sites to manage departments, yet they have no idea how to manage, lead or let alone understand the topic (example:production planning). The management that remains (not from other Abbott sites) have no back bone to stand up to do what is right for the employees.
They all lead by fear of perpetual layoffs. They lay off all of the experienced resources to bring in younger cheaper resources, that take years to come up to the same level as the people they laid off.
If you are not a "yes" person to everything, this is not the place for you.
Pay is competitive, benefits are decent (not great)
IT Site Support (Network, Voice, Workstation) (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 18 May 2017
They laid off their IT department just to hire us, contractors for half the money. They expected us to be on call, without being paid and without telling us up front. We, contractors were treated like second hand (not to say third hand employees)
I will return there only if I starve (and even than I will give a second thought)