Alkermes Reviews

Updated January 20, 2015
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Alkermes Chairman, President, and CEO Richard F. Pops
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  1. 4 people found this helpful

    Innovative R&D company that demands the best science and work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at Alkermes full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Alkermes tries (and successfully) does a lot with a small R&D team. Each person is a highly-valued member of their team and contributes significantly to each project and has a direct impact to that project's development. New ideas are usually welcomed if they are scientifically supported. The workforce is relatively young and makes for a more fun office environment. There are a good amount of managers that care about their direct reports' career development and overall work/life balance. Company does a good job of trying to celebrate achievements with employees and upper management seems to value and be open to questions and comments from the lower-level employees.

    Cons

    Because Alkermes supports so many projects with such a small R&D force, the workload can be at times, quite heavy, with more than several instances where vacation time has been suspended in order to meet project deadlines months before. Career development can be stymied or ground to a halt depending on the manager you have. Some are fantastic, others can be less than desirable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A stronger focus on career development and promoting existing workers across all departments, not just a few departments would do much to help retain some talent that has been lost over the years. Increased support/funding for additional R&D positions would help return the workload to a more manageable scale for the majority of employees, as people tend to burn out and look for other opportunities, despite having respect for managers, the company and their work. Some departments/managers are fantastic, while others leave much to be desired and seem like a completely different company with less than ideal values.

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    Positive Outlook
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  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Chance to make an impact.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist in Wilmington, OH
    Current Employee - Scientist in Wilmington, OH

    I have been working at Alkermes full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Data driven. Results oriented. Technical challenges abound. Input is valued.

    Cons

    More QA than one would expect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay aggressive with development programs. Keep a handle on the Quality Systems, but watch for trival wasted efforts that don't add value.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful

    Solid workplace

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, OH

    I have been working at Alkermes full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great workplace, very supportive of family and life balancing. Solid benefits and competitive salary. Friendly people. Small pharmaceutical culture/atmosphere

    Cons

    The merger with Elan is taking time to balance the corporate cultures. Turnover trends low which can limit opportunity as growth is slow.

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