Alkermes Reviews

Updated April 14, 2015
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  1. Sales Operations

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at Alkermes full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good bennies, huge potential for future growth. Company up and coming.

    Cons

    Boom or bust type of company. Lacks great leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Need to find leaders who know how to lead better.

  2. Helpful (1)

    I worked at Alkermes for 7 years and had a very positive experience.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alkermes

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As far as corporate offices go, it's a good balance of working hard and playing hard. People are generally cordial and down-to-earth, although due to the merger with EDT, expansion is causing the social atmosphere to stiffen.

    Cons

    It is located off of Rt 95 smack in between 90 (the Mass Pike) and Route 2 - it's the intersection of some of the worst traffic in Massachusetts. There is no room to grow as an employee...in my 7 years there, none of my contemporaries developed into a larger role. You cannot become a manager or director here unless you already are one from prior experience.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees the ability to grow. It is near impossible to grow out of a low level role here.

  3. Helpful (2)

    Staffing not keeping up with growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alkermes

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, great pipeline, flexible hours/WFH

    Cons

    no focus on personal growth, no onboarding, not enough headcount to account for recent growth resulting in untenable timelines

    Advice to Management

    Consider acquiring a small company so that we have the staff to complete all the work!

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  5. Helpful (3)

    Alkermes

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alkermes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation, 401k matching is very generous.

    Cons

    If you're in, you're in. If you are out, your are out. Just like High School.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Engineer I

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, OH

    I worked at Alkermes full-time (More than 5 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very clean Pharma facility. Aggressive CAPX budgets, always a plus for project engineers. Quality driven.

    Cons

    Too much inter-office dating at every level in the company. It made for a really weird working environment. The corporate office was also out of touch with the needs and operations of the manufacturing plants.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Decent place to start your career

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Alkermes full-time

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Decent pay & good benefits package
    - Location was great; at the center of the biotech scene in MA
    - Hired a lot of young people, which made the workplace fun and exciting even though the work wasn't

    Cons

    - Too clicky and senior managers seemed to play favorites
    - A lot of politics
    - Wish I learned more of the science behind things; live and die by SOP's
    - Silo'd at times; tough to do things outside-the-box (unless you were one of the favorites)

  8. Helpful (1)

    Good company in many ways, but consider very carefully whether you will fit in...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alkermes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Alkermes R&D has an exceptional team of talented scientists, lead by a senior management team that is very strong scientifically. Salary and benefits are excellent.

    Cons

    Alkermes has a top-down command-and-control culture, with too much micromanagement and not enough empowerment/trust. Individuals who question the status quo or do not instantly align themselves 100% with the prevailing senior management position are quickly marginalized (or worse), even when they have valid reasons for taking an alternative view and have the best interests of the company at heart. Such individuals have no hope of rehabilitation. For middle management roles in R&D, political adeptness is far more important for career success than scientific/technical/managerial ability.

    Advice to Management

    Value middle management more, listen to their opinions and lever their experience/expertise. Give them realistic objectives, empower and trust them to deliver, and they will produce ever greater success for the company.

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