Allergan Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
199 Reviews
3.4
199 Reviews
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Allergan Chairman, President & CEO David E. I. Pyott
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance, with onsite gyms and programs to aid with your well being (in 13 reviews)

  • Pretty good benefits, including a GREAT tuition reimbursement program (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Very little work/life balance; no understanding or tolerance of extenuating circumstances (in 16 reviews)

  • Also, can be very frustrating place to work due to lack of knowledge of mid-upper management (in 10 reviews)

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    Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    growth, large pharma and med device

    Cons

    instability, lack of respect to employees, reactive, no sound strategy from upper management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Unfortunate mix of technical talent and incompetent management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Allergan

    Pros

    Technical challenges and resources available. Getting paid.

    Cons

    Where do you begin? Poor management in general. Work under fear. Backstabbing occurs frequently. Turf wars. Unfair employee treatment. Beware of HR (retaliation is common place). Much money and time spent on nothing that moves forward. Company does not care about innovation and generally new products from within. They will tell you otherwise but history has proven this. Both from pharma and med device end of the business. Hypocrisy abounds.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your business model for R & D. Millions of dollars and years of time spent on products and technologies that go no where. Technical talent is first class. Upper management, marketing, do their best to kill new products. Do not preach company value system when there is no precedence. Employees can see through the hypocrisy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    VERY disorganized, hiring the last few years and now cutting staff by 1/3. People tend to leave after 2 years.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bridgewater, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgewater, NJ

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

    Pros

    Some groups have nice bosses. HR puts a good face on things.

    Cons

    California based company and not interested in how to do things better. Can be very political and don't expect a team atmosphere, it's dog eat dog. Must be a very seasoned professional who likes politics to make it with this company. Do not depend on HR to give an accurate picture when interviewing. Irvine based employees enjoy a much better atmosphere than people based in other states (CRO atmosphere).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top management doesn't seem to know what to do and how to do it. Middle management
    is just trying to hang on and watching their backs. Employees are being forced to deal with
    vague priorities, unrealistic expectations, poor tools/systems, and old SOPs/WIs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Your Connection matters far more than your achievements

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    Former Employee - Regulatory Affairs Professional  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Regulatory Affairs Professional in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Allergan full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice campus, OK benefit.

    Cons

    Lots of unqualified people in management roles. There is no appreciation for actual achievements, you will not get promotion or bonus unless you kiss up to management. HR is not there to protect employee rights and is the management puppet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Hell with fluorescent lighting

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Allergan full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Nice vacation allotment if you can find time to take it. Pretty campus. A great place to learn a variety of skills.

    Cons

    1.) Too many layers of ineffective management. Directors, Sr. Directors, & VPs are routinely hired from outside the company (advertised job descriptions will specify that they want people from outside) rather than growing internal talent and promoting from within. These managers frequently have no experience with the tasks their reports perform and have no idea how the tasks are accomplished but will happily tell you it is taking too long to do it and you have to find a way to speed it up. VPs and Sr. VPs often seem more interested in increasing their headcount and building their empires than in getting quality drugs on the market to help consumers.
    2.) Frequent organizational changes. The constant managerial instability makes it difficult to perform at an optimal level as you spend a huge amount of time trying to explain to new managers what you do. Averaging more than a supervisor a year is normal.
    3.) Work/life balance seems to depend on your role. There were some people who only put in 30-35 hours a week and others who routinely worked 60+ but could never catch up on their assigned tasks and metrics.
    4.) Getting promoted is difficult (my department averaged only about a 7% rate per year) and even when you are promoted it isn’t really worth it as the raise is only about 5%. Management is however, happy to revise your job description giving you additional responsibilities (but never removing existing ones) without an increase in compensation or title.
    5.) Telecommuting, flex-time,etc. are not a thing here. Pretty much everyone is a salaried employee. Some managers recognize work-life balance, others will demand to know every time you leave 15 minutes early for a dentist appointment while ignoring the weekends worked and 12 hour days you put in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the organizational charts. How many Supervisors, Managers, Directors, Sr. Directors, VPs, & Sr. VPs do you really need and what are they actually contributing?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    R&D culture needs to improve

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    Former Employee - Scientist  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Scientist in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Allergan full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    • Great facilities and campus
    • Great growth and promotional opportunities for PhD scientists early in career
    • Great learning opportunities due to smaller company size
    • There are individuals who are well-trained, innovative, and easy to work with

    Cons

    • Limited growth and promotional opportunities for middle career PhD scientists
    • Lack of clear accountability for decision making
    • Lack of focus on activities that drive decision making
    • Poor leadership and communication skills by line and middle management
    • Too many initiatives on engagement and leadership
    • Persistent low performance of too many scientists

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase growth and promotional opportunities by reevaluating steps at the high end. Completely separate management and scientific tracks to maximize opportunities and growth for scientists (project work) and managers (people, operations and organizational strategy).Strengthen line and middle management, and remove layers of lower management and those with poor communication skills. Maximize PhD scientists by limiting non-judgement-based work. Actively manage those scientists that can be trained, and manage out those who truly have limited capabilities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Director / Principal Biostatistician

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    Current Employee - Senior Bio Statistician  in  Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Bio Statistician in Santa Barbara, CA

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

    Pros

    You can just make living.

    Cons

    High turn over especially in Santa Barbara.
    Croynism
    have resume updated all the time because CEO is prepared for restructuring anytime. It happened before
    and will happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have long term perspective when it comes to employees
    Stop being petty.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best pharmaceutical only if you are the CEO

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Nice weather at Irvine, great people overall. You can stay here lifetime if your job security is your only concern.

    Cons

    One of the highest payed CEOs in the industry, but very cheap employees. A lot of incompetent directors and decisions are made by VPs, Sr. VPs and EVPs only, whoever is the big boss. Heavy work load - you have job not a career here. No science - a Wall Street driven company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire talented and open-minded leaders. Pay employees their market values. Don't fool us that Allergan is "stable".

    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    If you complain, you will be "black balled"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Allergan full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    great cafeteria. plenty of training if you take advantage of it.

    Cons

    Directors and Managers have their "pet" employees. These employees do no wrong! These same "pet" employees have a lighter work load.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your staff, do not micro manage and no more nepotism in your own departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    One Step Forward, Many Years Backward

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, good location (Southern California location), lack of oversight (Bridgewater NJ location), relatively mindless work.

    Cons

    Lack of development opportunities for employees; even after a promotion most employees are still doing the same thing. Company is VERY centralized in Irvine CA and has lack of vision regarding technology and process. Company still operates as if it is in the 1970s - no formalized telecommuting, non-competitive wages and management promotes a culture of status quo to ensure that employees stay there for as long as possible with little to no changes. The relatively mindless work should change and allow for more dynamic opportunities for employees. Severe lack of work-life balance.

    Ideas are frowned upon, and mediocrity is embraced. Management would much rather have employees fall in line than have beneficial change. Human Resources department very difficult to work with; once offered a potential employee a job, but then rescinded offer once the offer was accepted and the the potential employee had already left his former employer. All employees are treated like numbers; if one leaves, another one can simply just take its place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look into formalizing a work-from-home policy. Investigate the inadequacies of Human Resources. Come up to speed with technology and processes. Focus on employee retention and promote internal growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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