Actelion Reviews

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Jean-Paul Clozel
4 Ratings

    Good experience, good company doing good research in a tough therapy area.

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    Former Employee - Clinical Scientist
    Former Employee - Clinical Scientist

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


    Freedom to work independently, good benefits.


    Somewhat closed culture, takes time to understand.


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    Business objects Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a dayinterviewed at Actelion in April 2009.

    Interview Details

    Had 45 min. phone interview with contractor that I would be replacing. His questions were on technical aspects of BusinessObjects and sql syntax were very comprehensive. Phone interview with hiring manager focused on business scenarios and interactions with internal clients. In-person interview with hiring manager was mostly a repeat of phone interview. Next interview with IT VP was very difficult as this person did not look up from notes. I felt no connection with this person and could not interpet the body language. Interview with database architect with very difficult due to in-depth MS SQL Server 2005 questions. Questions were more appropriate for database designer not BusinessObjects designer. Next two interviews again focused on business scenarios with some basic sql questions. The only feedback I received was that the database architect was not satisfied with my interview, and the VP had "reservations". I asked the recruiter for more details and the opportunity to respond to the concerns. As is unfortunately the common situation, no further feedback was given living me to guess what they were. One point; this was the first time I felt that my apparent age could have been a factor. Everyone I spoke to appeared to be under 35 and I look much older. This is of course almost impossible to know if true. Besides the age issue, not getting any detailed feedback makes it very hard to evaluate how the interview went.

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Headquarters Allschwil, Switzerland
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded Unknown
Type Company - Public (ATLN)
Industry Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
Revenue Unknown / Non-Applicable per year

Drugmaker Actelion is anything but neutral in its fight against life-threatening diseases. The Swiss drugmaker develops and markets small molecule drugs in a number of therapeutic areas, including cardiovascular disease, oncology, and autoimmune disease. Actelion has several products on the market: It sells Tracleer worldwide and Ventavis in the US as treatments for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), a serious disease characterized by high blood pressure in the arteries connecting the heart and lungs. The company also markets Zavesca, which treats an inherited... More

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