ALZA Reviews

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  1.  

    Great people, bad management

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    Current Employee - Senior CHEMIST
    Current Employee - Senior CHEMIST

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

    Pros

    People are great there. Was a very fun and fulfilling experience. The company as a whole held a high standard in its compliance and safety.

    Cons

    Upper management protected itself and would cut people that was not in their inner circle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that there are good people that work there. Choosing people that kiss up over good hard working people is not the right formula for long term success.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good money, good experience

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    Current Employee - Engineering Co-Op  in  Vacaville, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Vacaville, CA

    I have been working at ALZA as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    I've had a great experience working at Alza. They've changed their co-op program since some of these reviews were written. My current supervisor meets with me often to make sure I've got a handle on things. A lot of the engineers here are very talented, and the money is quite good for a student. They even let me work part-time when classes started again.

    Cons

    It takes too long to get anything done because of paperwork and bureaucracy. I don't know if that's the nature of pharmaceutical manufacturing, or specific to this company. It can be very frustrating to be dealing with the same problems for six months.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great company

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Great culture, diversified and focused

    Cons

    closed down by JNJ, no choice but leave

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    DO NOT GET BOUGHT OVER

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great co-worker, horrible upper management

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    Former Employee - Associate Scientist  in  Vacaville, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Vacaville, CA

    I worked at ALZA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great staff. Pay above average.

    Cons

    Upper management is really awful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit saving each other's jobs and making it harder for your employees. More staff, less upper management, better results.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company, great times

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    Former Employee - Senior Chemical Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Chemical Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Great place to work in 80s and 90s. Loved co-workers and management like family.

    Cons

    Became more difficult due to economic pressures in early 2000s. Johnson and Johnson bought out ALZA in 2002.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management was very good to us. They gave us warning, and people were able to start other companies or careers. R&D was closed in 2009 but commercial plant in Vacaville, CA still producing for JNJ

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Run Away

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer Co-Op  in  Vacaville, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer Co-Op in Vacaville, CA

    I worked at ALZA as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    -getting six sigma training and experience for the resume as a college student was good

    Cons

    -big company with lots of red tape and bureaucratic, that is stick in their old ways. As a young college student go-getter this was extremely hard to deal with, but a good lesson to learn.
    -Boss was never around for a weekly one-on-one meeting
    -they were trying to do WAY too many projects with no resources or buy-in from upper management.
    -They tried to do data-driven decisions, but in reality the data was awful or people bent it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -hire better people
    -give all the support and resources to people in order to actually finish a project and do it well.
    -work on one project at a time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be a fantastic place to work pre Johnson & Johnson

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Vacaville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vacaville, CA

    I worked at ALZA full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    After J & J buyout:
    Salary was good
    Easy commute
    Great analysts to work with in lab

    Cons

    After J & J buyout:
    Very low moral-Undervalued their employees
    Poor Management
    Not truthful about future (layoffs)
    Reduced benefits and perks
    Corp. profit ruled everything

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote employees who are good at what they do and not just "yes" people.
    Supervisors should have very good people skills along with the technical skills.
    Happy employees are productive employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Loved working for ALZA and contributing to it's success

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Vacaville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vacaville, CA

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

    Pros

    Had a wonderful culture that made me want to be there

    Cons

    Culture changed after J & J bought it

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great employees, bad upper management

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate Scientist  in  Vacaville, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Scientist in Vacaville, CA

    I worked at ALZA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The quality of people that work there is excellent. Everyone is friendly and generally helpful.

    Cons

    Management in general is sub-par, particularly upper management. For the most part, the management is ladder climbers and will do anything to keep their spot or move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start focusing on you direct reports. Many are very good employees, but a lot of them has lost most of their morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    great

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    Current Employee - Scientist  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at ALZA

    Pros

    it was great location and flexible schedule

    Cons

    it was shut down by J & J

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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