Alexion Pharmaceuticals

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Alexion Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated November 27, 2014
Updated November 27, 2014
22 Reviews
2.8
22 Reviews
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Alexion Pharmaceuticals CEO, Secretary, Treasurer, and Director Leonard Bell
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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    The Employee Experience at Alexion Seems to Vary

    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Alexion Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Exciting, patient centric company.
    Great compensation package.
    Opportunity for growth for forward thinking and ambitious employees. Their is still some of that positive start-up biotech energy left. It's a growing company-- positive!

    Cons

    Based on these reviews and my own observations, the employee experience will vary depending on their department. Unfortunately, the people with negative experiences are more likely to leave comments on sites like this.... It's a growing company-- negative (this environment can make for rough times if you're not prepared)!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I like the management style of some of the new members of the senior leadership and executive management teams. I think we're on a good path if we continue to remember our roots. We need to do a more thorough job of evaluating our existing talent pool at every level, finding the diamonds in the rough and promoting them. You have some valuable and under utilized talent available throughout all levels who are forward thinking, yet remember the company before our blockbuster drug. Listen for the feedback, find these good people, and promote them. I see this happening far less often than it should.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    "Growing quickly with a great future"

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

    I have been working at Alexion Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Soliris is a miracle drug for patients who need it.The pipeline behind it has promising potential.The opportunities for employees to grow are pretty good.

    Cons

    Alexion is making some of the same mistakes that other Biotech companies have made.The TOP to BOTTOM ratio is mind boggling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The fact that there are so many directors and VP's for every manufacturing or support employee crazy. The salary that goes to one VP could be put to greater use if put into the manufacturing/support personnel. Another thing about upper management is that they seems to be too much of the "CYA" mentality instead of doing the right thing. I wonder what Lenny Bell would do if some of these things were on his radar. Management needs to focus on the job at hand instead being concerned about what their next position will be.Proper focus will be key to the future of this great company. Upper management needs to the right thing for the company and not about their own individual goals.Lenny Bell should have some meetings with the low level employees in groups small enough to bring up the issues to him. As is the case with many of companies the real upper management is out of touch with the employees at bottom who actually impacted stupid decisions that happen. "STUPID THINGS" are fixable if someone in upper management wants to make a real difference. Management also should remember that everything we try isn't always going to work, but if it doesn't work why keep the change. Management needs to be honest with themselves and be able to reverse a decision that doesn't work or try something else. I feel there is way too many "yes people" and not enough people who can be honest and tell it like it is. Lenny it's your company and you could make the "Alexion Family" real instead of just rhetoric.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Stay away if you care about your career, family, or sanity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Cheshire, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Cheshire, CT

    I worked at Alexion Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Their only product does not have major side effects.
    -Yale is there, encompassing about 3 blocks within a small town. New Haven is 2 hours away from NYC and/or Boston, so the location is very rural.

    Cons

    -It is brutal to work at Alexion. Just ask around, or read the "most helpful" reviews. Below I can only speak for the commercial side of the company. For anyone interviewing, just look for yourself at how less than 10% of the people stay here longer than 2 years. This turnover includes within field sales teams, HR, market research, and marketing. Over 60+ people have left in the past 3 years - there is constant turnover and churn. Among those full-time in HQ, very few actually permanently relocate to CT (keeping their out-of-state residence for years), which should tell you a lot about HQ employee sentiment over job security or satisfaction. The company refuses to self-reflect on why this is the case. The goals are unrealistic. Burnout and bullying is common. Stay away if you care about your career, family, or sanity.

    -In an ultra-rare disease market with just a few patients per million (from public reports), there is nowhere for the stock to go but down at this point, especially as their net patient adds slow down significantly impacting a plateau for total top-line revenue.

    -You can probably tell from external recruiter calls and how many job postings are always up, that the company has major problems recruiting and retaining talent. Nobody wants to live in rural Connecticut, and the internal environment is toxic, creating constant turnover. Many people in HQ are locals who never left CT and just need a job.

    -Externally, Alexion has a poor reputation among its customers for extremely aggressive sales tactics and straddling ethical lines. Look at their KOL's. The company has alienated so many physician thought-leaders, that the physicians who speak for them are not true thought-leaders in their fields. The company also withholds medicines for patients in global markets if the government doesn't bend to its hostage-style negotiation tactics.

    -The company already has added some of the worst parts of big pharma. There are twice as many VP's as senior managers, which is ridiculous.

    -Multiple innovative deep-pocket competitors are rolling out new products for the same diseases soon, with better efficacy and fewer dosing based on public clinical trials. Already, key global and US thought leaders in PNH and aHUS are speaking for these companies, as there is broad sentiment to move away from Alexion once other options become available.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -This company scars a lot of people, and you can probably tell that this post contains the brutal truth. As other reviews over several years have repeatedly also shared, this is a company most people will regret being associated with in the long run. Internal employees frequently leave at an alarming rate, and external customers and leading physicians are eager to switch to a different company once new options become available. Most people who work at HQ are locals who never left Connecticut, and the company has a major recruiting problem attracting and retaining non-local talent. Unfortunately, the company has management arrogance and bullying, which prevents it from ever conducting meaningful self-reflection for its major flaws.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    If you like office politics, this is the place for you

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cheshire, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cheshire, CT

    I worked at Alexion Pharmaceuticals full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Soliris is a great product
    - Strong clinical training for non-clinical people
    - Good pay and benefits
    - Company has been performing well financially

    Cons

    - Horribly political
    - Most employees are just counting the days until they are fully vested
    - Alexion is a one-trick pony...you can only milk Soliris for so long
    - HQ is in the middle of nowhere (Cheshire), and New Haven won't be much better after the move in '15
    - Lots and lots of turnover (gee, I wonder why?)
    - The focus is singular: get patients on Soliris and keep them on it.

    A word to the wise: if you go to work for Alexion, do not bother sharing your opinions. Just do as you're told, collect your stock, and get out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you continue allowing middle-management to terrorize employees, you will continue to lose people. No one wants to work in a place where they are treated like dirt.

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    whirlwind

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality in Cheshire, CT
    Current Employee - Quality in Cheshire, CT

    I have been working at Alexion Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    401K, stock options, manufatoring in USA

    Cons

    immature people, to many chiefs, managers have no personel/people skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to grow trust with in departments, work on communication

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Cheshire, CT
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Cheshire, CT

    I have been working at Alexion Pharmaceuticals full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Above average Compensation, VERY good benefits, lots of growth opportunity within the Global Job Leveling structure, feels like you're contributing towards a greater cause, lots of educational assistance, Employee discounts for Mobile phone/monthly bill

    Cons

    No telecommuting options as of yet except for when office is closed due to weather or personal emergency, etc., long days/hours sometimes, hours aren't very flexible

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Fast growing company with unclear future

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

    I have been working at Alexion Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company is fast-growing and sitting on big success of the first drug, It has very dynamic environment and good compensation. There are always opportunities to learn new things and get exposed to many aspects of a biotech company.

    Cons

    Constant hiring of VP and without much work force at the bottom. Start to have problems of bureaucracy and too many meetings without clarification. Some goals are unrealistic with high risks and the workload is overwhelming from time to time. Desperate for sustainable growth without clear vision.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Old boys Club. Buddy culture. Not merit or performance driven.

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

    I have been working at Alexion Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    wonder drug, unique niche. Great place to learn the rare disease market. Future looks bright

    Cons

    Poor work life balance. Senior management very insular - all decisions very centrally controlled. Employee experience, POV not valued. a Few people who are in the 'inner circle' get all the benefits - the rest just have to do as told.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more leadership to middle management. Create a merit based culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Strong science, but you will likely regret being associated with this company in the long run.

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

    I worked at Alexion Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Science is strong. Excellent investment. Ultra orphan marketplace is somewhat protected under US healthcare laws, and can remain very profitable, unlike standard drugs.

    Cons

    Company mission is get patients on drug at all costs, regardless of ethics. If you have concerns about this direction, you will be pushed out. There is a prominent bullying mentality here, that is ingrained in the culture. Company dangles "equity", but it's not worth it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice for management. Management does not want input from anyone who questions directives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Unfortunately very poor leadership with low morale in a company that has a great product.

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

    I have been working at Alexion Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Novel product that has true benefits for patients

    Cons

    The culture is like bad high school where bullying is the norm and change is not embraced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to make significant changes across functions to successfully build the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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