Allergan Reviews

Updated May 15, 2015
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Allergan Chairman, President & CEO David E. I. Pyott
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Pros
  • Understands the importance of work-life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • Great company with pretty good benefits (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance seems to depend on your role (in 18 reviews)

  • Layoffs targeted the lowest levels instead of "cutting the fat" in middle management (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Once was the best...

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Allergan full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Great Products and growth potential.

    Cons

    Used to be great, used to care about employees. Cut staff in half with the same workload, unstable, layoffs every few months. Stressful and emotionally exhuasting.

    Advice to Management

    Don't step on the older experienced employees to advance the new hires who are fresh out of school PHDs. Create more advancement opportunites for employees. New high deductible medical plans are the pits.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Executive Assistant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Allergan

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, professional colleagues, stability before Actavis merger.

    Cons

    Unstable after merger, people left are unhappy and having to pick up the slack due to layoffs. Lots of mistrust of man agent now and impending layoffs losing. Not a good place right now to build a career.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees better and tell them the truth.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Senior Scientist

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Allergan full-time

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

    Pros

    Allergan was a great company with a great scientific focus. If you had an idea, management would listen to your ideas. This was before the hostile bid from Valeant and Ackman.

    Cons

    The new company, Actavis is Valeant in sheep's clothing. Beware, this is not the Allergan that we knew and enjoyed working there. The new company is all about appeasing the shareholders at any cost, so as an employee you are disposable at anytime. Look elsewhere!

    Advice to Management

    Change your ways and improve your early stage Research and Development to attract good scientists to do the work, otherwise the entire pharmaceutical industry and drugs development will suffer.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Not the same Company It Use to Be

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Irvine, CA

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

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

    Pros

    They use to care about career growth and internal product commercial growth. Now not sure what is important beside the remaining Irvine employees wondering if there is yet another round of job cuts.

    Cons

    It is place to come to work everyday to see empty office, good smart people gone, and wonder if your job will be consolidated and cut next.

    Advice to Management

    Employees are what make the company, not the products. Need to really understand the impact of massive job cuts on those left behind.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Director

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

    I have been working at Allergan

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

    Pros

    They start you off with three weeks vacation. Discount on some products. Campus is gorgeous!

    Cons

    Management cannot make a decision to save their lives. Limited promotional opportunities. Resources are limited, yet they expect miracles. They do not award you when you go above and beyond.

    Advice to Management

    Know what the skill sets are in your organization so that you can leverage off of them. Give people the opportunity to expand their roles, especially when they are asking to take on more responsibility.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Only for those with no ambition.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Surveillance Analyst in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Surveillance Analyst in Austin, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    A job. Only worth it if you can't find anything else.

    Cons

    Treated like a child, uptight, you learn next to nothing, no room for growth, managers no nothing about management nor have related degrees, poor pay and benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to manage and implement best practices.


  8. Have you believe they care but they do not!!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Allergan

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

    Pros

    Salary, gym and nice campus in Irvine.

    Cons

    No room for growth, they only promote once in a while and then you have to be with the in crowd. Too much politics.

    Advice to Management

    New blood is needed in middle/senior management. Maybe Actavis so help resolve this!!!


  9. Good Company, Just need to get to right team

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Allergan full-time

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Fair Salary, Good location

    Cons

    Recently focus on employees has been declined a lot!

    Advice to Management

    Please have 360 feedback


  10. Helpful (2)

    Once a healthy place to work, now going toxic

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Allergan full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great home office location, high growth company, solid compensation and benefits. There are many long-term employees here which gives some groups a more familial atmosphere.

    Cons

    Corporate culture is rapidly changing for the worse. Instead of being the "we do it right" company that invests in R&D, it is quickly becoming a culture of bullies and yes-men, with employees being tasked with ever more work with ever fewer resources and less appreciation.

    Advice to Management

    Ditch the Wall St. short term thinking and build things out for long term health again.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Worked with some great people but overall the experience was quite disappointing

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

    I worked at Allergan full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    The company offered good benefits and there were some great people to work with.

    Cons

    Very discouraging atmosphere as promotions/rewards don't seem to be based on whether or not you do a good job. Not sure what it is based on but getting great reviews from peers and managers does not mean that you will be promoted. The company has also been in a fairly constant state of turmoil so job security is pretty much non-existent. The culture and values advertised by the senior leadership sounds great, unfortunately, none if is actually put into practice... at least not from middle management down.



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