What it does: Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life.
Mission: We understand that the first step to living your best life is good health. Everything we make is designed to help you do just that. That’s our commitment to building life-changing technologies that keep your heart healthy, nourish your body at every stage of life, help you feel and move better, and bring you information, medicines, and breakthroughs to manage your health.
Size and presence: Our 113,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.
Best known for:We create breakthrough products – in diagnostics, medical devices, nutrition and branded generic pharmaceuticals – that help you, your family, and your community lead healthier lives, full of unlimited possibilities.
The good bits: Work/life balance is tremendous at this company
The not so good bits: Too much demand from upper management
The Abbott story
In 1888, physician and drug store proprietor Dr. Wallace C. Abbott began producing accurate, scientifically formulated medications to provide more effective therapies to patients and the physicians providing their care.
Under the pioneering leadership of Dr. Abbott, our company was among the founders of the scientific practice of pharmacy, expanding its business to meet rising global health needs by championing new areas of medical research. By continually entering new areas—both scientific and geographic—we've established a now long-standing tradition of helping people live healthier lives around the world.
A History of Nurturing Human Potential
Dr. Abbott’s spirit of entrepreneurship, innovation, and caring lives on in our culture, our business, and our contributions to medical science. Read below for historical moments that highlight our pursuit of the extraordinary throughout the years.
1888: Production of “alkaloidal” medicine granules by Dr. Wallace C. Abbott, a 30-year-old practicing physician, begins in the rear of his People's Drug Store in Chicago. Remedies contain the active ingredients of plants and herbs. First-year total sales reach $2,000.
1894: Incorporated as the Abbott Alkaloidal Company. Abbott is a medical publisher as well as a manufacturer.
1907: Expansion outside the United States for the first time with an office in London, England.
1916: Production of our first synthetic medicine, Chlorazene, a breakthrough antiseptic developed by British chemist Dr. Henry Dakin to treat wounded soldiers in World War I.
1922: Development of Butyn by scientists Dr. Ernest Volwiler and Dr. Roger Adams, the first in a long line of breakthrough anesthetics to come from our company.
1929: Initial public offering provides shares for the first time in the year of the stock market crash that began the Great Depression. While the timing seems inauspicious, our stock grows in value from that first day—and approximately 10,000 times over so far.
1932: Expansion continues even at the height of the Great Depression thanks to our leadership in new fields such as vitamins and intravenous solutions. "Few of the leading industrial organizations of the country," notes Nation's Commerce magazine, "can show a sounder record for the past year than the Abbott Laboratories."
1935: Introduction of Pentothal, which will be the world’s leading anesthetic for years to come and win our inventors, Dr. Volwiler and Dr. Donalee Tabern, induction into the U.S. National Inventors Hall of Fame.
1942: Abbott joins a consortium of pharmaceutical makers, at the behest of the U.S. Government, to ramp up production of penicillin for wartime use. Together we increase production by more than 20,000%.
1959: Adoption of our Abbott "A" logo, a classic of industrial design that remains the cornerstone of our visual identity to this day.
1960: Reinvention in the 1960s under President George Cain is featured in the 2001 best-seller, Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't. Author Jim Collins chose us as one of 11 companies, out of 1,435, that had the product, service, organizational, and people quality to engender truly great performance.
1964: Acquisition of M&R Dietetics, with its popular baby formula, Similac, makes us a leader in nutrition.
1972: Introduction of the ABA-100 blood chemistry analyzer as well as Austria, a breakthrough radioimmunoassay test for detecting serum hepatitis. This marks the beginning of our modern diagnostics business, in which we quickly became a world leader.
1985: Approval of the first licensed test to identify HIV in the blood, helping to secure the safety of the blood supply. This is one of our greatest achievements and the first significant medical victory against what had, until then, seemed an unstoppable threat.
1998: Introduction of Glucerna, a group of cereals, health shakes, and snack bars formulated specifically for diabetics and others with dietary restrictions.
2002: FDA approval of Humira, the first fully-human monoclonal antibody drug. It will go on to become the world's leading pharmaceutical product.
2006: Launch of the Xience V drug-eluting stent. It goes on to become the market leader.
2010: We continue our focus on globalism as we become the largest pharmaceutical company in India, the world's second-largest country by population.
2013: Beginning of a new era for Abbott, as a more global, consumer-focused company than ever before, we created a new, Fortune 200 corporation, AbbVie, from our former proprietary pharmaceutical business.
2014: Abbott establishes a strong new expression of its corporate identity with"Life. To The Fullest." The company promotes its identity more vigorously than ever before, advertising to consumer audiences around the world and becoming the sponsor of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, a series of the world’s most prominent races.
2014: With the launch of its cutting-edge continuous glucose monitoring system, FreeStyle Libre, Abbott revolutionizes diabetes care by eliminating the need for routine fingersticks.1
2016: Abbott launches the first systems in its Alinity series, a family of diagnostics and informatics systems that represent a major leap forward in terms of reliability, cost, capacity, space efficiency, and ease of use. We are creating the future of diagnostic labs.
2017: In its largest acquisition ever, Abbott acquires St. Jude Medical, adding breakthrough inventions and extensive expertise across the areas of cardiovascular and neuromodulation. Abbott now competes in nearly every area of cardiovascular health and holds the No. 1 or 2 positions in a variety of large, high-growth markets.
2017: Abbott acquires Alere Inc., making Abbott the leader in point-of-care diagnostic technology filling out its array of diagnostics technologies. Abbott now holds the No. 1 position in rapid testing for cardiometabolic disease, infectious disease, and toxicology.
2020: Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Abbott quickly launches multiple new COVID-19 diagnostic tests, from assays that run on high-throughput instruments capable of handling large volumes of tests at once to self-contained point-of-care devices that deliver reliable, on-the-spot results, fast. Employees work tirelessly to support communities in need and ensure continued access to medical devices, diagnostics, medicines, and nutrition products without disruption.
Culture & vibe
We understand that the first step to living your best life is good health. Everything we make is designed to help you do just that. That’s our commitment to building life-changing technologies that keep your heart healthy, nourish your body at every stage of life, help you feel and move better, and bring you information, medicines, and breakthroughs to manage your health.
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We create breakthrough products – in diagnostics, medical devices, nutrition and branded generic pharmaceuticals – that help you, your family, and your community lead healthier lives, full of unlimited possibilities. Today, 113,000 of us are working to make a lasting impact on health in the more than 160 countries we serve.
Leave & holidays
⛔ Bonus annual leave
✅ Bonus parental leave
✅ Unpaid extended leave
Finance & contract
✅ Permanent employee
✅ Signing bonus
✅ Annual bonus
⛔ Stock options
⛔ Full remote work
✅ Partial remote work
✅ Flexible working hours
Family & health
⛔ Child care
✅ Free gym
⛔ Pet-friendly office
✅ Mental health days
⛔ Free breakfast
⛔ Free lunch
✅ Free tea & coffee
✅ Free snacks
At Abbott, sustainability means managing our company to deliver long-term impact for the people we serve – shaping the future of healthcare and helping the greatest number of people live better and healthier.
To create a stronger and healthier world, we — and companies like ours — need to evolve. Focusing solely on cutting-edge innovations alone won't be enough. Our 2030 Sustainability Plan is focused on designing access and affordability into our life-changing technologies and products. Our goal is to improve the lives of more than 3 billion people by the decade's end – reaching 1 billion more than we do today, each year.
That will require innovating for access and affordability from the first day of research and development. We also are working across our business and in partnership with others to break down barriers and bring these innovations to the people who need them.
But that's just the beginning. There's so much more. Find out more about how we're bringing our purpose to life through our 2030 Sustainability Plan.
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