Actelion Reviews

Updated April 19, 2015
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  1. Actelion review

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    Former Intern - Marketing Trainee in Barcelona (Spain)
    Former Intern - Marketing Trainee in Barcelona (Spain)

    I worked at Actelion as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    It was an amazing experience because they gave me responsibility form the very beginning.

    Cons

    Mobility within affiliates is complicated.

  2. 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)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Freedom to work independently, good benefits.

    Cons

    Somewhat closed culture, takes time to understand.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Une bonne entreprise A good company

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    Current Employee - Recruteur
    Current Employee - Recruteur

    I have been working at Actelion full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    D'extraordinaires bâtiments en Suisse, la nourriture et le café sont excellents, les primes basées sur la performance sont bonnes. Un système temporel flexible (badge). Une entreprise jeune et donc souple. Une atmosphère de travail plutôt bonne. L'entrepr

    Extraordinary buildings in Switzerland, great food and coffee, good performance-based bonuses. Flexitime system (badging). Young and therefore flexible company. Rather good working atmosphere. Company has a daycare, offers language courses, lots of training options, many sport centers in the neighborhood including an open air swimming pool.

    Cons

    Accessibilité par les transports en commun n'est pas optimale. Licenciements de masse en 2012. Les salaires sont soit-disant plus bas que dans une grande compagnie pharmaceutique. Quelques tensions entre les différents départements, comme dans toutes les entreprises. Une petite entreprise, avec des risque inhérents de rachat.

    Accessibility is not optimal by public transports. Mass dismissals in 2012. Salaries are said to be lower than in large pharma companies. Some tensions between ome departments like in all companies. Small company with inherent risk of a buyout.

    Advice to Management

    Accroître le portfolio et continuer avec des risques calculés !

    Expand portfolio and continue with calculated risks!

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Nice, cutting-edge employer with focus on people and science

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    Current Intern - Postdoctoral in Allschwil (Switzerland)
    Current Intern - Postdoctoral in Allschwil (Switzerland)

    I have been working at Actelion as an intern (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Nice, cutting-edge employer who cares about employees and strong focus on scientific collaborations. Short distances, low hierarchical levels, and truly open communication on all levels.

    Cons

    After fast and solid growth, next phase is surviving until the next drug is on the market. Currently uncertain future.

    Advice to Management

    Keep reigning with the scientist part in your heart as you always did.

  6. Actelion, Switzerland

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allschwil (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allschwil (Switzerland)

    I have been working at Actelion

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Small company with relatively flat hierarchy. Ambitious and energetic team. Good payment scheme with initiatives for an acceptable work life balance

    Cons

    Small company with a very limited product base in the market; constant risk of take-over; mis-match between perception of top management and day-to-day business operations

    Advice to Management

    None

  7. Worst head of HR despite a people oriented CEO

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Actelion

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Depends on the department you work in. All departments have different cultures due to their different leaders and style of these leaders.

    People oriented CEO, nice people to work with in general
    Work life balance

    Cons

    HR is very conservative due to the head. Is not interested in people nor the business. Does not have a seat at the senior business level and voice. On top management style is management by fear and mobbing.

    Advice to Management

    Change the leadership in HR and bring someone in who is more people and business oriented to take the company to the next level

  8. Ok workplace unless you want to change something

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Actelion as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Warm relationships within teams and departments, flat hierarchy are definitely one of the most important things. Free coffee is nice, too

    Cons

    Bit rigid to innovations, some things are very poorly planned and bad implemented (logistics), not much possibilities for a career in administrative areas

  9. Good for first job

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    Current Employee - Clinical in Allschwil (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Clinical in Allschwil (Switzerland)

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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Get to do different activities within a position, you learn a lot from different roles/departments.

    Cons

    Salary is not up to par with industry, management does not empower teams

    Advice to Management

    Learn to listen

  10. Helpful (2)

    In this day and age, it was okay

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Actelion

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - good people
    - pretty good benefits
    - central location
    - interesting pipeline
    - company longevity

    Cons

    - if you are not at HQ in Switzerland, you are in work Siberia
    - roles/responsibilities not clearly defined
    - different performance standards for different people

    Advice to Management

    - value all of your offices/locations the same!

  11. special company

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Actelion

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

    Pros

    very good salary, nice people, nice buildings

    Cons

    demanding management, no work/life balance, sometimes inappropriate behaviour

    Advice to Management

    stick to the core values

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