Alkermes Reviews

Updated July 28, 2014
Updated July 28, 2014
20 Reviews
3.5
20 Reviews
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Alkermes Chairman, President, and CEO Richard F. Pops
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  1.  

    Tremendous colleagues & good benefits

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alkermes full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Compensation is above average and despite being over 300 employees on site still has company outing & Christmas party each year.. The scientists are very talented. Company's aggressive approach has been rewarded with the stock nearly tripling over the last three years. Enocourags personal growth and provides the opportunities readily & frequently.

    Cons

    Highly political environment. It is critical for your career and possible employment status to align yourself with key managers and personnel. Once out of favor nothing will restore your "good" status. Emotional Intelligence is much more important than technical skill to do well. Company has become very compartmentalized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rewarding only the politically savvy at the expense of losing highly talented technical staff will not allow the company to sustain its highly successful approach it has used to date. The compartmentalization of functions & departments currently occurring is leading to silos and will erode overall effectiveness of the US sites.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company for an intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Alkermes as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good science, friendly people, casual working atmosphere, nice and clean facility.

    Cons

    Not there long enough to tell.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not there long enough to tell.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, solid pipeline, lots of room for growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

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

    Pros

    The company offers flexible work arrangements, room for growth, a highly collaborative atmosphere, a solid pipeline, and an approach rooted in science but run for a long term profit.

    Cons

    It's not always clear how the different parts of the company can work together given the different cultures at the different locations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve vertical communication among layers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Chance to make an impact.

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    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wonderful!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    people, benefits, vacation, flexibility, communication

    Cons

    heavy top management level, too many people who shouldn't be there and takes to long to fire them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of manufacturing training supervisor, she's the reason so many good people leave

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Solid workplace

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    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Nice

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    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Boston, MA

    I worked at Alkermes

    Pros

    Good pay, good company culture

    Cons

    Management needs to understand people can learn.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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