CAREER FAQS

ABBOTT CAREERS


Why should I work at Abbott?

You want a job where you can nurture human health. Or solve complex problems that affect quality of life at all ages, everywhere in the world. Or you’re driven by a love of the hard sciences and you want to work in an environment where your colleagues share and promote that passion. If so, join us. It’s our mission to help people everywhere reach their fullest potential through health. You can see it in our leadership, the personal commitment of our employees and the products we make that span the continuum of care.

From nutritional products for infants, adults and seniors; to our cutting-edge laboratory diagnostics; to our vast range of medical devices and pharmaceutical therapies, our business is global and diverse. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re already an experienced professional, you’ll discover career opportunities that connect you to a world of possibility. We support diversity, focus on exceptional performance and earn the trust of those we serve. Our values—pioneering, achieving, caring and enduring—will always guide the decisions we make and the actions we take as we work to advance science, technology and health.

What makes Abbott different from other health care companies?

Some health care companies say they care about making an impact, but actions speak louder than words—take a look at our Global Citizenship initiatives and see how we’re making a measurable, positive impact on improving health for everyone, everywhere. And if you want to get inspired, meet Abbott people who are making bold moves in the world of health.

Where is Abbott located?

Our corporate headquarters is located in Lake County, Illinois, at Abbott Park, a suburb 40 miles north of Chicago. Abbott also has many locations throughout the United States and the world. In the U.S., we have a significant presence in California (Alameda, Milpitas, Redwood City, Santa Ana, Santa Clara  and Temecula), Texas (Dallas) Ohio (Columbus), New Jersey (Princeton), and Puerto Rico. We are in more than 60 other countries around the world, including China, Singapore, India, Italy, Canada, Germany, and Ireland.

What type of culture can I expect at Abbott?

A thriving culture. We value innovation, diversity, collaboration, personal development and growth opportunities. At Abbott, we’re always looking forward, never content to dwell on our past successes. We push for breakthrough work and aren’t afraid to tackle the biggest issues facing human health. If you choose a career with us, you’ll find yourself continually challenged and engaged, and pushed not only to meet, but also to exceed your personal development goals. We focus on strong teamwork and relationships, and we believe that diverse teams drive innovation and encourage personal growth.  

Where can I find information on a career or networking event?

We’re active in our professional communities whether through university events, national and regional conferences or other networking engagements. Take a look at our Conferences and Events page. 

Can I update my profile at any time?

Yes, you can log in to the job search website and update your profile as you see fit. You can also post up to five different cover letters and resumes.

My password is not working or I forgot it. What should I do?

Please visit our job search website. In the upper right-hand corner, you’ll see the login area and a link labelled "Forgot Password?" Click the link and follow the instructions detailed there.

What if I have difficulty copying/pasting or attaching my resume to my profile?

You can either upload your resume from the computer you’re using or copy/paste it directly into a form within the system. You’re able to update your profile as you see fit and can have up to five different cover letters and resumes posted at any one time.

I was referred for a specific position and wasn’t hired. Will you consider my resume for other opportunities?

We’ll consider you a candidate for any positions for which you directly apply. In addition, if there are other positions we feel you might be an appropriate candidate for, we’ll contact you directly to gauge your interest in that position.

FOR PROFESSIONALS


What full-time assignments are available?

Full-time assignment availability changes daily. To search current assignments, visit our job search website.

How do I submit my resume for an employment opportunity?

Please submit your resume for an employment opportunity by applying online.

Can I apply for multiple openings at Abbott?

Yes, you can apply for as many positions as you are interested in, as long as you meet the basic qualifications.

Can I submit my information without applying for a position?

Yes, you must first create a profile. Then you’ll be able to upload your resume without applying for a specific position.

I recently submitted my information for a position. What’s the next step?

When you apply for a position, you’ll receive an e-mail confirmation acknowledging our receipt of your application. Recruiters review candidates to identify those whose experiences and qualifications most closely match the position specifications. We appreciate your patience as we carefully review each candidate's background and credentials against the experience and qualifications sought for the opportunity.

If you’re identified as a candidate, you’ll be contacted by a recruiter who will outline next steps. If you’re not identified as a fit for the position you applied for, you still may be contacted about other opportunities that align with your profile and/or interests. Your profile will remain on record for up to one year after you create or edit it, and you can update your profile at any time.

Once I submit my resume, will I hear back from a recruiter?

Currently, we don’t have the capability to personally respond to every resume/application we receive. However, if your qualifications and experience align with the position you applied for or other open positions, a recruiter may contact you to discuss the next steps.

What benefits are available for full-time employees?

Full-time employees at Abbott are offered competitive benefits that help support a balanced and fulfilling personal life. While specific benefits and programs may vary by geographic location, we offer comprehensive benefits to all employees around the world and constantly strive to help our people succeed at work and at home.

I need additional help with the interview process.

Our interviews differ depending on the job opportunity. Refer to the interview processes listed on the individual opportunities pages.

When browsing current openings at Abbott, I found a position that would be ideal for a friend of mine. How do I send this position to him or her?

After reviewing your search results, click on the position of interest. At the bottom of the page, click the button that says "send to a friend" and fill out your email address as well as a brief message, if you choose. Your friend will then receive an e-mail acknowledgment. However, he or she must submit an online application to officially be considered for that opportunity.

All current Abbott employees are encouraged to use the internal job board for consideration, which is accessed through myHR.

An Abbott employee referred me to a position at your company. What are the next steps?

The employee referral program lets employees refer candidates to us. We welcome these referrals because it helps us to focus our hiring activities on high quality candidates. After all, our people know best what it takes to be successful here.

As a referral, you’ll receive an email stating the job(s) for which you were referred. If you apply using the directions stated on the email, you’ll successfully register your application as an employee referral candidate.

Please note that due to the high volume of applicants, we encourage you to visit our job search website in order to verify your status for each position applied. You will be informed via e-mail or phone as to the next steps, if any, for your job search.

Can more than one employee receive credit for submitting my resume as an employee referral?

No. The person who referred you for the position to which you were hired is the person who will get credit. If you were hired for a position with no referral attached, the first person who referred you will get credit. Please note that this is valid within a year of your resume submission; we recommend that you update your resume and contact information whenever it changes to ensure that we have your up-to-date information.

I was referred to a specific position, but ultimately did not get hired for that opportunity. Can I still be considered for future opportunities?

Yes. We have an active database of candidates, and our recruiters are constantly searching for matches for open positions. In the event that you meet the qualifications for a position, one of our recruiters will reach out to you to inform you of the next steps in the process. Otherwise, we strongly encourage you to sign up for job alerts so you can actively apply for other positions here. As a reminder, you must submit an electronic application for every position in which you are interested.

Where do you store employee referral resumes?

As an employee referral, your resume is housed in the same proprietary database as all other applicants. You are welcome to apply to any opportunity that is on job search website and you’ll receive the same consideration as any other applicant.

Am I eligible to be an employee referral?

Eligible candidates are not currently employed at Abbott and have not worked for Abbott in the past 18 months in any role, including interns, retirees, contractors, temporary workers, co-op students and consultants. Candidates currently working with Abbott employment agencies are not eligible to be an employee referral.

If a referred candidate is currently a student at one of our targeted schools or has made initial contact with Abbott through campus recruiting efforts, the Abbott employee who referred the candidate would not be eligible to receive a bonus. For more information on the Internship Program, Development Programs and university recruiting, please visit the Internship Program and Development Programs sections.

INTERNSHIP PROGRAM


What are the criteria for Abbott internships?

Intern selection is competitive and based on a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 point scale. We look for leadership, extracurricular activities, relevant course work and personal characteristics such as integrity, innovation, initiative, teamwork and adaptability. Students must have completed at least one year of college and must be enrolled in school for the fall season following the potential internship.

What intern/co-op assignments are available?

Internship assignments vary by year and by discipline. No matter what the assignment, we guarantee it will be real work and an excellent professional growth opportunity.

How can I find out when Abbott is coming to my school?

We’re active in our professional communities whether through university events, national/regional conferences or other networking engagements. A calendar of our campus recruiting events can be found on the Conferences and Events page.

How do I apply for a position if Abbott is not coming to my school to recruit?

If we’re not scheduled to recruit at your school, you can still apply for an employment opportunity by applying online.

If I give my resume to a recruiter on campus, do I still need to submit it online?

Yes, submitting your resume online allows other recruiters to have access to it also.

What can I expect from an internship at Abbott?

Our internship program provides college students with 12 weeks of supervised, practical work experience in areas directly related to your education and career goals. You’ll experience daily challenges in a creative, dynamic environment. We recognize you are passionate about what you do, and that you want to make a difference in the world around you. We strive to provide you with a collaborative, inspiring internship experience.

 

Will my internship lead to full-time employment?

We select talented undergraduate and graduate students with the intention of hiring them as full-time employees—evaluating candidates based on grade point average, leadership abilities, communication skills and relevant coursework—the same criteria used for entry-level employee selection. At the end of the internship, full-time employment is not guaranteed, but interns may apply to open positions.

What benefits are offered to interns?

Interns are eligible for the following Abbott benefits:

  • Pay for each company-recognized holiday during time of employment
  • Product purchase at a discount
  • Time accrued toward the annuity retirement plan if later hired
  • Participation in cash profit sharing (if employed at Abbott on November 15)
  • As a temporary employee, interns are not eligible for medical, dental, hospitalization or accident insurance. Job-related injuries, however, are covered under Workers' Compensation for paid interns.

Development Programs


How do the Development Programs work?

The Development Programs are a two- to three-year rotational program, allowing participants to gain knowledge about the company as a whole as well as their discipline, all the while gaining leadership, technical and interpersonal skills. Please visit our Development Programs page for more information.

What different disciplines offer a rotational development program?

We offer rotational development programs in the following areas:

  • Finance (FPDP) - Business Unit/Division level/Corporate level: financial planning and analysis, budgeting and forecasting, reporting and controls
  • IT (ITPDP) - BSA, Development, Support, Quality, Business Intelligence, Software Engineer, Operations, Network Security
  • Regulatory Affairs (RA) - Division or Corporate RA (focus strictly on RA)
  • Engineering (EPDP) - Plant Engineering, Product R&D Engineering, Division or Corporate Engineering
  • EHS (EHSPDP) - Plant EHS Support, R&D Laboratory Safety, Industrial Hygiene, Environmental Engineering
  • Manufacturing (MPDP) - Supply Chain Planning/Materials Management, Operations Supervision, Project Management, Purchasing
  • Quality (QPDP) - Plant Quality, Division or Corporate Quality Assurance, Division or Corporate Regulatory Affairs (varied experiences)

Does participation in the Development Programs guarantee me a full-time job upon completion?

There’s no guarantee of a full-time position upon completion of a Development Program. Upon completion, Development Program participants may apply to open positions.

What benefits are offered to Development Program participants?

Development Program participants are considered regular, full-time employees. Full-time employees at Abbott are offered competitive benefits. While specific benefits and programs may vary by geographic location, Abbott offers comprehensive benefits to all employees around the world and constantly strives to enhance work-life balance.

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