Medicis Pharmaceutical Reviews

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Medicis Pharmaceutical Chairman and CEO Jonah Shacknai
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great pay...if you want to work for upper management that treats you as disposable

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Sales in Scottsdale, AZ

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

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

    Pros

    Income was great; stress was, too

    Cons

    Company comp plan forces employees to pay the company $$ back if they don't hit at least 85% Mob mentality in upper management

    Advice to Management

    None, they are gone now with the Valeant purchase


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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Medicis Pharmaceutical full-time

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

    Pros

    There was opportunity to make good money at the cost of ethics

    Cons

    Poor culture, extremely unethical, management by fear


  3. Helpful (2)

    Great company to work for, in the right department

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This review is before the Valeant acquisition and will most likely not apply after. Great perks; yoga classes, game room, benefits, 401K/ profit sharing, and competitive salaries.

    Cons

    Very process heavy, regulatory and legal processes are extensive for all departments. Some higher up management are not good managers and would be best utilized in other areas. Certain departments do not recognize hard work; advancement opportunities come through being here a long time.

    Advice to Management

    Reallocate manager positions to those that can and want to manage people.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Too bad I am going to lose my job to Valeant

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Scottsdale, AZ

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

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Kinda seems like a moot point since all the pros will be gone in a little while since Medicis was purchased by Valeant

    Cons

    Purchased by Valeant, worst decision ever.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Service Desk Technician and IT Trainer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - IT Service Desk Technician and IT Trainer in Scottsdale, AZ

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

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

    Pros

    I think the IT department has been a cohesive backbone for this company and that was because we brought our desk up to ITIL standards

    Cons

    I cannot think anything negative to say about this company. Our team comes in and gets the job done.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within


  7. Helpful (1)

    Would give it a Zero if possible.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ

    I have been working at Medicis Pharmaceutical

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are higher than scale. Brand new facilities make for an enjoyable experience on the surface. The company tries to hire good looking people, so there's that.

    Cons

    Check your soul at the door. If you have any idea about value proposition, you will hate this company. The most highly political place I've ever seen. Poor communications.

    Advice to Management

    Try to come together to form a company wide strategy. "Making the most money possible" does not count as a strategy. Most senior level managers will not make a decision due to this lack of corporate strategy... or they may just be happy to collect a paycheck and would hate to draw attention to themselves for being incompentent.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Toxic

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

    I have been working at Medicis Pharmaceutical

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits - especially on the prescription side

    Cons

    Culture is toxic. Bottom line all that matters.

    Advice to Management

    All incompetent. Fox is watching the hen house


  9. Helpful (2)

    Proceed with caution

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    Current Employee - Sales in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Sales in Scottsdale, AZ

    I have been working at Medicis Pharmaceutical

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation can be good but you have to sacrafice values and work life balance to get to that point.

    Cons

    Incompetent middle management, no opportunities for growth, highly political work environment and unethical leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Start training your people rether than promoting them. Take responsibility for lack of leadership and hold middle management and sales representatives accountable for unethical behavior instead of rewarding it. Think with your head, instead of letting your ego guide you in decision making.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Great compensation, but most negative management style out there.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Aesthetics Sales Specialist
    Current Employee - Aesthetics Sales Specialist

    I have been working at Medicis Pharmaceutical

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great commission structure, employees are quality people, great products.

    Cons

    You will NEVER hear a word about anything you did well on, but you WILL hear it immediately if you do not perform well, or simply make your goals. You will be asked multiple times throughout the day by your manager where you are for sales when you're close to a kicker date, you will be micromanaged & your job threatened constantly. Medicis does NOT value their salespeople- they truly believe you are completely replaceable & that there are tons of others waiting for your job. They also do not invest in marketing their brands. Look at Dysport- not even a real player in the toxin market after 2 years!!!!

    Advice to Management

    Put some $$$$ behind your products (Dysport) & get in the game or sell it to someone who will. It deserves a bigger piece of the market- its a GREAT product. Dr's don't want to be your salespeople- Do DTC!!!!! And read a book or two on modern management & how to get the most out of your employees. Its not through constant negativity & threats. Its through positive reinforcement & development.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Great learning experience.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Territory Manager
    Current Employee - Territory Manager

    I have been working at Medicis Pharmaceutical

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation is great if you're performing. Great ability to pursue additional career options.

    Cons

    Compliance is a bear---harrowing and mandating everything.

    Advice to Management

    Allow the sales force to do its job.



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