Allergan Reviews

Updated February 28, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    rich people's company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Allergan

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Landscaping on the campus looks nice, but parking structure sucks.

    Cons

    As long as you get into the upper management, you will be paid and compensate a lot without doing much. If you are in the bottom of the food chain, good luck. This is not the place for you. You will be significantly under paid and first round to be laid off. Because there is no career matrix in this place ( I was very surprised with it), lots of promotions do not make sense. Not a good place to work for.

  2. Business Development Manager- Facial Aesthetics

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager

    I worked at Allergan

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The money…when it's good, it's very good, but don't plan on having much of a social life, especially around the holiday season.

    Cons

    Management is not supportive at all, and the company encourages "off-label" sales (which is illegal). Management will not support rep decisions, and will offer unethical solutions to customers in an effort to "keep the customer happy", and not practicing what they preach by "doing the right thing when nobody is looking". If you aren't sleeping with someone in management or someone at the corporate headquarters, you are unlikely to move up in the company.

    Advice to Management

    Zip up your pants at the sales meetings…it's disgusting what you people do!!!

  3. Helpful (1)

    Used to be Great - Those Days are Gone

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Irvine, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the best colleagues I have ever worked with.
    Stayed busy.
    Decent compensation.
    Beautiful headquarters campus.
    Top management was very smart, very lucky, or mix of both. They could dive into a pile of manure and always come up with a rose.

    Cons

    Before purchase by Actavis:
    Very political despite veneer of gentility. Brown-nose and don't rock the boat, and you will be rewarded
    If you are ambitious but have the wrong manager, your flame will be extinguished if you stay. Be prepared to move on.
    Weak CIO must have taken leadership cues from the Obama administration. Poor judgment used in assembling IT management team.

    After purchase:
    If you seek employment in R&D or Manufacturing, you're good.
    Advice to those seeking employment in IT, Sales and Marketing, Human Resources, Distribution, and Legal: look elsewhere until Actavis figures out how to digest this whale along with the other unfinished integrations from other recent acquisitions. You will no longer be at the center of the universe.

    Advice to Management

    Actavis:
    Keep R&D and Manufacturing intact.
    Encourage R&D to find something other than the botulinum toxin on which to build the future.

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  5. used to be so great

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Allergan full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    $$$$$ high earning potential, great benefits

    Cons

    absolutely zero work life balance

    Advice to Management

    get mike ball back

  6. Helpful (1)

    Typical Corporate Dinosaur

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Allergan full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a job, they pay you for some work.
    you have a roof over your head, its heated/cooled bathrooms are available small kitchen with tea/coffee vending machines to buy snacks etc.
    Free gym membership at a health club for employees, and discounts for spouse/family.
    Dress code is typical Austin business casual, lots of people wear nice jeans and polo/button shirts, slacks are not required and casual Friday.
    Compensation is OK, not the best as lots of jobs offer more depending on your skill set and degree.
    I work in a department where I can just leave and not think about work for the rest of the day, so my work life balance is fine. OT is not often offered (which I love) but if you like OT you're not generally going to get it (in my dept).

    Cons

    No innovation, cliquish/old boys club mentality, incompetent managers, fake values for plastic surgery customers.

    There is almost no communication between teams and no requested input from teams, changes are made seemingly randomly, and are communicated very late to teams that are affected by said changes (lots of retroactively in effect type changes... really???). Training is disorganized, long and chaotic and really doesn't prepare you at all its learn on the fly, but don't mess up because that'll get you in trouble.

    Time off policies are ridiculous, the sick time policy is laughable, don't work here if you have kids, they'll get sick like kids do, and you'll probably be threatened with being fired for taking all the sick time they give you. Health insurance is there, but its not any good its expensive for what you get. I go through my spouse who is at a smaller company that has a lot less profits, how pathetic? For a health care company, they don't really care about your health. The benefits here are what you would expect to get if a very rich very greedy monarch had to decide what to give their peasants. I've had better benefits at small non-fortune 500 companies and actually felt cared about as an employee. Personal growth is non-existent, you do your job, that's about it there are no skills to build here, unless you're a favorite pet, it's for most just a job not a career.

    Run away if you actually want to improve a company, change policy and have ideas. If you think you know how to make a company better faster leaner and stronger they don't want you. They will smile and nod at your suggestions, but ultimately turn them down because all upper management has been old dinosaurs that have no clue what the people on the front lines do, or how they use programs. Everything is outdated and old versions of programs, some programs don't even have full features because Allergen doesn't want to pay for features which would make life easier and more cost effective (less time waiting for the system to think about what you want it to do and more time doing your job!). The IT department is a joke, every single day something goes wrong and the system crashes and needs a reboot.

    Overall there is a culture of office rage and fear in my area. Aggressive and condescending supervisors and leads bring down the whole team in this relatively high stress job.

    One of my co workers left because they found out that the lead and supervisor were trying to fire them. They targeted them and found reasons to "discipline" them when their work performance was excellent and they were very personable and well liked by the whole team. I'm glad they left because they're much happier now.

    Advice to Management

    Seriously look at your supervisors, they can make or break a team, and most are breaking. One in particular people are scrambling to get out as quickly as possible. Convey important information quickly, stop hiding behind the veil like the great and powerful OZ, you're not impressing anyone. Invest in actual technology, not this 1/2 of a program with IT Jerry-rigging the rest to fit your needs that you could have just paid for in the program and it'd work better.

    Your time off policies are strange, archaic and outdated, especially for families with young kids (hint: they get sick and we have to stay home with them).

    Most of us only have this job because the market is tough right now, maybe you should figure out how to make people want to stay at this job by actually providing things employees need (mostly just feeling like you care about life our family and health). You probably would be shocked to know how people truly felt, and how many are actively seeking other opportunities as quickly as possible.

  7. The pay is the only thing keeping me here.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Allergan full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The starting hourly pay for the CSR position is very good for the Austin area, but that may have changed in the past 2 years.

    I have met some very interesting people and forged new friendships during my time working here.

    Cons

    Passive aggressive "nag" emails.

    High turnover rate; replacements are not being hired fast enough to keep up, which means a bigger workload for those who remain.

    Management focuses heavily on numbers and statistics to gauge performance; little to no recognition for providing excellent customer service.

    Very little work/life balance; no understanding or tolerance of extenuating circumstances.

    No parking spots close to the building for those who have later shift start times.

    I was held accountable for missing an important email due to a system issue that had affected the entire building.

    Appropriate compensation is not offered for creating additional revenue for the company.

    Upper management has shown to be disorganized in dealing with issues such as facilities in disrepair or system outages.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees appropriately for creating additional revenue for the company.

    Focus less on the numbers, and more on how effectively your employees are serving your clients.

    Take measures to improve work/life balance. Be more understanding when issues come up; be willing to negotiate.

  8. Helpful (3)

    This is like swirling around the toilet bowl.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA

    I have been working at Allergan full-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Some of the people are fantastic. Some of the work is interesting.

    Cons

    If you look at how many positions are open at the director level and above, that should tell you everything. People are leaving like rats off a sinking ship
    This site likes to make decisions but can't execute. They just keep making more decisions.
    The Research group is poisonous, gossip-riddled and filled with lying, manipulative self-involved people who will sacrifice you in an instant if they think it will further their own career or hide their failures. The few good people left are buried or are on their way out.

    Advice to Management

    Pick something and DO IT. LEAD your people. GO FORWARD. Have a new idea. Execute a plan. Develop an actual organization.

  9. Helpful (3)

    A place where nobody knows what they are doing

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Allergan full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Nice weather, a few nice people.

    Cons

    Stupid and incompetent directors and management with a lot of stupid processes.

    Advice to Management

    Hire competent managers! Well, it is hard since Allergan's offers are far from competitive.

  10. Helpful (9)

    God awful place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits, but they need improvement. Can't think of anything else about this company. Location is nice...

    Cons

    Awful management and HR at all levels. They will use fear, lies and intimidation if they don't like you. If you speak out and excel at your job, your boss will do everything to make you look bad. Totally incompetent directors and senior directors. When your VP tells you to lower your expectations, run far and fast, this is not a place that takes the work that they do seriously. Used to be a good place before new directors came in and started hiring their friends in the NJ office. This place is a joke and cronyism is awful. If you're a thought leader who excels at what they do and challenges the status quo, Allergan is not the place for you. If all you can do is say yes to your incompetent management and can't think for yourself you'll go far. Those are the only people they will hire these days. Allergan values aren't worth the paper they're written on.

    Advice to Management

    Look at how your directors, Sr. directors and HR are treating their people and the tactics they use to intimidate. Look at who is getting hired and why. Start getting rid of those who have been there for 10-20 years and have NO OTHER experience. If the same things happen over and over again in the same departments, like a sports coach it's time for them to go! Rethink your referral bonus policy and stop allowing entire departments to benefit from a cash reward by hiring their "friends." If you look closely, you will see a trend in certain areas.

  11. Helpful (8)

    Company is okay, management and H.R. can be horrific.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Services in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Clinical Services in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Allergan full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company produces worthwhile products. Company has a global presence.

    Cons

    No room for advancement. No opportunities to grow. Middle Management is out of touch and incompetent in dealing with their staff. H.R. is condescending and useless in dealing with employee grievances. Worst professional experience of my life.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a way to listen to your staff (worker bees) or current Middle Management will be your undoing.

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