Actelion Reviews

Updated August 11, 2015
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Actelion CEO and Director Jean-Paul Clozel
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  1. Worst experience ever- dictatorship

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    Former Employee - Finance Director in Basel (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Finance Director in Basel (Switzerland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Money and benefits They think this compensates for bad behavior

    Cons

    Incompetent leadership especially in hr and finance. The leaders don't even know how to communicate-mobbing is very common and tolerated.

    Advice to Management

    Change your leadership at hr and finance


  2. Helpful (1)

    Clinical Scientist

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    Current Employee - Clinical Scientist in Allschwil (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Clinical Scientist in Allschwil (Switzerland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  3. Ok company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


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  5. review

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


  6. special company

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    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate
    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


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

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in Allschwil (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in Allschwil (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

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

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    Former Employee - Clinical Scientist
    Former Employee - Clinical Scientist
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Freedom to work independently, good benefits.

    Cons

    Somewhat closed culture, takes time to understand.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Une bonne entreprise A good company

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    Current Employee - Recruteur
    Current Employee - Recruteur
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    (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!


  10. career opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong product qualty, no high stress

    Cons

    needs vision and clear strategy, no employee development


  11. Good for first job

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    Current Employee - Clinical in Allschwil (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Clinical in Allschwil (Switzerland)
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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



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