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It was more about management reaching their goals than anything else. Pressure on employees to get what management promised the business without discussing with employees

Pros

None

Cons

Tiresome travelling
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The Abbott Diagnostics department is a high paced environment to work in.

The Working environment is high paced and therefore always busy. I have learned a lot about the pharmaceutical industry. The Abbott Diagnostics department is a high paced environment to work in. A lot of structure needs to be implemented
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It's a great place to work for

The stuff is very friendly and they not scared to pay you when you productive and has a good working relationship between employees and employers the greatest management team
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Workplace

Very easy and vibrant environment everyone is friendly and there is a willingness to support and develop staff to move from one level to the next in your professional development

Pros

Lovely canteen

Cons

Working in isolaiton
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A company in its own world

Cons Difficult culture Poor management Outdated systems Pro Senior management, the rest doesn’t matter Very unorthodox, not in a good way... Pros Good salary and benefits Location away from business hubs

Pros

Competitive Packages

Cons

Poor culture, no work life balance, disastrous management
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The Basics

I am not sure the management knew how to handle a quick expansion to generate revenue. The structures they put in place, especially in Africa, did not make sense to me. Abbott in general has very good packages and they support staff very well.
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Reputable Company

The Co has very good publicity and reputation. But there is strict control and compliance environment. No room for creativity with fear of internal auditing
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Great company

Excellent training Good prospects Packages are top level Growth potential Established in the markets they deal with Corporate image make dealings easier Focus on people in and outside the company is of a high standard

Pros

Growth Potential

Cons

Race in RSA
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Need to look for new opportunities

Was a company with very good culture and balance between work and family. I feel like this is changing a lot and need more work driven and more after hours work. Offers good salary but commission was also cut. Need to have balance and now struggle to maintain this.

Pros

Had a very good culture

Cons

Culture is changing
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Fun. Challenging.

- The belief in me was encouraging. - I learnt to work under pressure and to catch information fast and always remember it. - Pay attention to detail.

Pros

Free Lunch

Cons

No recognition. No stability. Too much in a short time.
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Bad culture

The company was badly run and had a very closed culture where no body new was allowed to get into the inner circle. Thus hampering performance and growth.
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Team spirit in achieving goals

Achieving goals as set is the business of the day and that is achieved by highly qualified personnel with the help of supporting Human Resources department. I enjoyed the team spirit that existed across various departments. I had a chance to interact with colleagues form sales and marketing departments while I was in the regulatory department. I learned a lot about the trends in the market. .

Pros

Petrol Card, Free lunch

Cons

long hours
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Great management and culture

Good working hours and remuneration benefits. Wonderful people I worked with. Great support and training offered both for job and for personal development.
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Relationships between staff and highly effective leaders

-I first check daily reminder from my calendar, completed various administrative duties as well, including drafting documents and emails, checking my calendar as well as my manager's. filing and provide strong customer service and resolved customer issues. -Professionalism, Teamwork and Problem Solving - learn what it takes to be a successful personal assistant - Be collaborative - to be the only person in the office who knows everything,

Pros

Canteen allowance

Cons

No growth opportunities
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Productive fun interaction with doctors and pharmacies

Planning is most important and being able to know where to call to get the best results for your products. knowing the opposition and to be a step ahead. know trials well and product info and opposition and their movement in the field.

Pros

Car allowance/medical aid

Cons

if area too large and cant meet the necessary customers to reach target - planning
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Reception

I worked at this company many years ago and at the time they where a great company to work for.The management at the time was very helpful, and totally supportive.

Pros

Great management

Cons

Not really
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Abbott is a good company

I managed 14 representatives accross various portfolios. I am a self starter and a peoples person with exceptional leadership skills. You would have to have theses capabilities managing 14 representatives. Got alongvery well with co workers and was well liked in the organization. All 14 representatives were female managing their hormones at times could be a challange. You can never manage withthe style one shoe fits all. I enjoyed making target and working with my representitives we were a very strong team
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Fast paced but not too many long hours

My daily routine is to monitor the analysers that is allocated to me as well as supporting my co-workers with maintaining our instrument base. I learned to think on my feet and to adapt quickly. The long hours and standby is not so enjoyable but I do enjoy it when I solve a complex problem.
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Productive and enjoy life.

Typically my day at work is non-stop go. We constantly have deadlines to meet being a multinational company and being in finance. I've learnt to keep calm when under pressure and take one task at a time. Also, learning how to deal with a diverse range of personalities successfully. My management style is informal and approachable. I try to listen to everybodies view before making a decision. Decisions are best made if all facts are available. We work as a team at Abbott, harnessing the strengths and skills of each individual. The hardset part of the job is the long hours, endless deadlines and of recent, the constant changes within the company. The most enjoyable part of the job is learning, growing and developing new skills.

Pros

Networking with international staff.

Cons

Long hours.
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•A global, broad-based health care company. •Founded in 1888. •Headquarters in Chicago, USA. •Products span the continuum of health care, from nutritional products and laboratory diagnostics through medical devices and pharmaceutical therapies. •Sales, manufacturing, R&D and distribution facilities around the world. •Listed on the New York Stock Exchange. •Abbott ranks No 69 on the Fortune 500 list. •Employs 90 000 people worldwide. •Revenue of $35 billion. •R&D Investment of $3.7 billion. •More than 100 facilities worldwide. •Products are sold in more than 130 countries.

Pros

Streamlined regarding Head Counts

Cons

Resulting in long hours
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Deadline driven organisation

Being a multinational organisation, the environment was hugely deadline driven and highly stressful. There was not much time for fun but the employees were like a big happy family. The hardest part of my job was figuring out how the deadlines would be met with the limited resources that we had. I learned that staying committed and motivated , that anything could be achieved.

Pros

no micromanagement, free parking

Cons

long hours
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4.0

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3.7
Work/Life Balance
3.9
Salary/Benefits
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Job Security/Advancement
3.5
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