Actelion Reviews

Updated June 22, 2015
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Actelion CEO and Director Jean-Paul Clozel
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  1. review

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allschwil (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allschwil (Switzerland)

    I have been working at Actelion

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

    Pros

    money, but expectation that it compensates everything
    good catering, nice buildings
    . . . . . . . . . .

    Cons

    bad treatment of staff, should be improved
    strong emotions
    . . . . . . . . .

    Advice to Management

    improve communication style
    money is not everything
    . . . . . . . . . .


  2. special company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  3. Great company in terms of size. Bad career development

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in Allschwil (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in Allschwil (Switzerland)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Nice buildings, everything is new and most of it is working (except the elevator now and then).
    Good salaries compared to other pharma on that level.
    People are smiling
    Good work life balance but no career development

    Cons

    Too many groups: Italian, German or French mafia. They stay together and will not help you...
    Example: When you have a German boss, 2 years later the entire lab is full of Germans.
    HR? Do Something instead of sitting in your shiny office and just trying the wine for the end of year event.

    Research Associate have absolutely no career grow. You'll be Research Expert in 20 years. (Another nice title, but same responsability). Sometimes people even don't see you in the lab, don't even say hi.

    Future is unpredictable: A company with some many disease area cannot be competitive. Some groups will have to go sooner or later...

    Advice to Management

    Create a development plan for EVERY LEVEL! Stop hiring people because they know people.
    Many tasks could be centralized and responsibility could be given to Research Associate.


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  5. career opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Strong product qualty, no high stress

    Cons

    needs vision and clear strategy, no employee development


  6. Going nowhere fast

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cherry Hill, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cherry Hill, NJ

    I have been working at Actelion

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

    Pros

    Actelion NJ (Actelion Clinical Research) has the following good points: bring your dog to work policy; fully paid medical benefits; a few of the direct managers are very supportive of their direct reports

    Cons

    Clinical Development management department heads are in a power struggle and fighting for control. The departments are silos, with poor communication among the groups. The power struggles trickle down and create an atmosphere of backstabbing, finger pointing and mistrust. Some managers micromanage employees, and there is a lack of empowerment and ability to make decisions at the appropriate level. All major and strategic decisions are made by ACR president or in the headquarters. Employees are rarely promoted from within; there is very little opportunity for advancement.
    The office set-up is very unusual: large open offices with 4-5 people - these become very noisy and distracting when trying to work, it's much worse than a cubicle. Most of the "team rooms" keep their doors closed, making it awkward for someone to walk in (do you knock, or just open the door?). Because of the open plan, you know way too much information about your office mates.

    Advice to Management

    The mid-level management is fine, and does it's best to mentor employees and drive trials to success. Senior management needs to stop in-fighting and find a way to come together. There is a huge lack of trust and paranoia. As a result, good ideas are not shared with others and risks are not taken because of fear. The CEO should find out the real story, and not be fooled by the misinformation given to him by his team.


  7. Clinical Scientist

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Scientist in Allschwil (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Clinical Scientist in Allschwil (Switzerland)

    I have been working at Actelion full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company is OK, mostly nice people working there

    Cons

    Problem is with Clinical Development management who is under-qualified for their level of responsibilities and demonstrate their poor people management every day

    Advice to Management

    While formerly Clinical Development upper-management was quite OK with managing their people, they were experts in drug development. The new team that came on board these last 4-5 years is destroying non only their human resources but also the company pipeline.


  8. Ok company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Actelion

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

    Pros

    Nice summer hours. Plenty of time off

    Cons

    Horrible boss. Horrible president. President is gone now.


  9. Worst head of HR despite a people oriented CEO

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  10. Good for first job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  11. Helpful (2)

    In this day and age, it was okay

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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!



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