Watson Pharmaceuticals Reviews

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Watson Pharmaceuticals President, CEO, and Director Paul M. Bisaro
Paul M. Bisaro
39 Ratings

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Pros
  • Good benefits, decent pay, more holidays than most pharmaceuticals in south Florida (in 8 reviews)

  • The pay and benefits are pretty good but that is about it (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Communication & work life balance needs improvement (in 4 reviews)

  • Former CEO and upper management geniuely cared for ALL employees (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    It used to be a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Information Technology
    Current Employee - Information Technology

    I have been working at Watson Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are very competitive

    Cons

    Actavis is going through constant mergers and acquisitions. With that comes job insecurity as jobs are duplicated. The new IT management established a year ago, does not believe in personal time or work / family separation, and manages with threats. Actavis does not allow working from home and do not foresee the company allowing it for a long time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people! Employees need personal and family time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Toxic culture with little regard for employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Parsippany, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parsippany, NJ

    I worked at Watson Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Pay scale is excellent. Benefits were great.

    Cons

    Horrible leadership; focused specifically on lining their own pockets. Employees call the company Wack-ta-vis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No need. They wouldn't listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Brand Division Is Poorly Managed

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    Former Employee - Senior Professional Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Senior Professional Sales Representative

    I worked at Watson Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Lot's of great field sales reps.

    Cons

    Products are not innovative, 4th-5th to market.
    Sales managers are embarassingly incompetent, as are the product managers and the marketing department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace every district manager and the sales & marketing personnel. Acquire products that the market actually wants and needs. Stop throwing good money after bad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    hopefully some one will do something

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good benefits good peer level employees

    Cons

    much overtime, no quid pro quo for hard work, hard work not reflective in bonus, everyone gets the same,

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Corona, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corona, CA

    I have been working at Watson Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very good 401K plan and reasonably good benefits in general.

    Cons

    Culture of bullying, finger-pointing and punishment, highly political environment, employees discouraged from challenging status quo, opaque review process, silo mentality and culture, us vs. them attitude with quality vs. manufacturing (quality vs. quantity), culture to "release everything" and rush everything through at all costs, focus on petty issues instead of big picture, blatant favoritism (good ole boys club type environment) exhibited within certain groups by management, weak site HR, no systems to protect and fairly evaluate strong individual contributors who are not "popular" with management, long history of regulatory compliance issues, lack of clear standards for promotions or personal development, unfair work distribution, history of unqualified or insufficiently qualified personnel and management, poor communication, no leadership training (and it shows), lack of professionalism by many site managers, no 360 reviews for management despite repeated requests by employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the cons.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Poor moral, long hours, little appreciation, low pay

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    Current Employee - Senior CHEMIST  in  Corona, CA
    Current Employee - Senior CHEMIST in Corona, CA

    I have been working at Watson Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Time off and benefits package are exceptional. There are opportunities to grow, but management will hold you back through inner office politics.
    The Corona site is the only large pharma company in the inland empire.

    Cons

    Pay is extremely below industry standard. Even after a so-called "salary restructure" salary is still low.
    Long unappreciated working hours, forced to work weekends with no compensation (not even lunch to say thank you for 6 days of work!!!!!!!)
    Chemist/Scientist work until testing is completed.
    Management is 8-5 without fail.
    Structure of lab is very poor, Senior Chemist/reviewers do minimal work, while ChemI/II take the grunt of the workload.
    No matrix's are performed on quantity of lab workload, increase production without additional staffing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IF YOU GET 30% MORE PRODUCT, YOU NEED 30% MORE STAFF. YOU DO NOT WORK YOUR CURRENT STAFF 30% MORE WITHOUT COMPENSATION!!!!

    Look at what you "experienced" & higher paid scientist are doing? Are you getting you money's worth?

    Develop some matrix's for testing, workload, quantity of product.

    Mr. Bisaro should stop focusing on the bottom line and focus on his people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    It was a bad experience, you got to know people to be promoted

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Davie, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davie, FL

    I worked at Watson Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Employee benefits, average salaries based on national level

    Cons

    No opportunities to growth at watson

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the value and the skills of employees, promote internally to motivate

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great people doing great work while receiving great disrespect.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Corona, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corona, CA

    I have been working at Watson Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    A great Company...
    A good work/life balance, good 401k matching, and great people.
    Knowing we are making a difference in people's lives is what drives this workforce.

    Cons

    A great Company... on paper
    Upper management will not get involved. It allows them to blame their people when things go south.
    Upper management too busy looking for their next job or how to impress the people above them.
    A true Manager/Director/Supervisor puts the needs of his or her people ahead of their own, not here though.
    A great place to work if you are a screw up. You will get moved around and get more experience for your resume.
    A bad place to work if you are a good worker. They will keep you in the same spot so they do not have to deal with the hassle of promoting you and/or finding a replacement.

    Can't see Watson Corona lasting another 3 years the way the cards are playing out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the morale. If the economy was better, this place would be empty. Doubt there is a single satisfied employee (except where noted above about being a screw up).

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Don't Work Here! Watson does not value their employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Corona, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corona, CA

    I worked at Watson Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are pretty good but that is about it.

    Cons

    Lack of professional growth and promotion opportunities. Kissing ass seems to get you everywhere even for the most incompetent of people. Boss would never come into work and would not communicate that he was not coming into work. Coworkers would come to work at all hours of the day. There was no one to answer to. Very unprofessional atmosphere. Expected you to work all hours of the day and was even told to possibly delay my vacation plans so that I could get a project done. Horrible work/life balance. Corona location is nothing but a shell anymore with all the layoffs and I'm sure more layoffs to come.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the competent people that actually get all the work done and watch out for those who take credit for something that someone else did.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Watson Pharmaceuticals

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    Former Employee - Training Specialist  in  Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Training Specialist in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at Watson Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    The majority of the employees are friendly. Great to work when provided with assignment and left alone to complete, without being badgered consistently about the progress of completion.

    Cons

    Lots of favoritism with management and their employees in regards to promotions, time-off and comp days. Some upper management are very unprofessional in regards to how they speak to their subordinates - yelling, cursing and inappropriate reprimanding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bringing in consultants who have no idea of how the company is run and expecting them to make recommendations on how to run the company more efficiently is just a waste of money. Especially, when the majority of them just sit around for long periods of time through the day and do nothing and get paid big bucks.

    No opinion of CEO

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