Alexion Pharmaceuticals

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Alexion Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated Jul 2, 2014

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2.3 15 reviews

60% Approve of the CEO

Alexion Pharmaceuticals CEO, Secretary, Treasurer, and Director Leonard Bell

Leonard Bell

(10 ratings)

15% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    2 people found this helpful  

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsPoor 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 Senior ManagementGive more leadership to middle management. Create a merit based culture.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    2 people found this helpful  

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

    Field Sales (Former Employee)

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

    ConsCompany 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 Senior ManagementNo advice for management. Management does not want input from anyone who questions directives.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    (Current Employee)

    ProsNovel product that has true benefits for patients

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to make significant changes across functions to successfully build the organization.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Forget your family...it's Alexion first no matter what they tell you

    Operations (Former Employee) Cheshire, CT

    ProsSalary and they created a wonderful product

    ConsThe frontline staff is overworked in an insanely stressful environment. Middle Mgt are extreme micro managers...when things seem like they are working well and moral is good they feel the need to rock the boat and make good people very uncomfortable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay closer attention to how your front line departments are being run...nothing healthy about it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Dysfunctional but has a miracle drug

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Cheshire, CT

    Pros- Has one product which happens to work well

    Cons- Extremes where some departments have hyper-micromanagement, and where other departments slide for years completely inept with zero changes, accountability, or improvements.
    - Small total employee company size, yet oddly still dominated by cliques or tribal behaviors rather than merit.
    - Equity not much and definitely not worth the hours or high burn-out rate here for those competent given the current large market cap.
    - Only a one-product company yet adopting many aspects of a large bureaucratic pharma company.
    - Connecticut not even close to a SF, Boston/Cambridge, or NJ area in terms of quality of life.

    Advice to Senior Management- Hold regularly under-performing departments accountable.
    - Watch out for middle managers who are completely uninvolved.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fast paced, highly rewarding place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIf you are able to get equity working for them then it will likely be a rewarding experience, financially.

    ConsEmployee development and training may not be a high priority.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Dynamic exciting environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Cheshire, CT

    ProsFast-growing company with a dynamic atmosphere. Exciting things happen on a daily basis. Always learn new things, great colleagues to work with.

    ConsCan be overloaded with work sometime. Communication among different groups can be improved.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    4 people found this helpful  

    Remarkable drug, brutal company to work for. Unrealistic sales goals and demands

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsExtremely lucrative opportunity. Strong science to support most indications. Company is very strategic in hiring low numbers of reps to avoid layoffs.

    ConsExpectation to serve company above all else. Unrealistic expectations to hit sales goals. Territories not even in terms of potential

    1 person found this helpful  

    Great company with growth and potential for employees that want to succeed

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat compensation and benefits. Management is also open about bonus, raises, and stock. Very transparent. The work is challenging but rewarding. Great group of coworkers. Senior management is open with Alexion vision.

    ConsI like my job 95% of the time. Work can be repetitive in nature - management doesn't necessarily know what they're always looking for in analysis. Work life balance is a priority.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAlthough patients lives are the focus of Alexion, certain area should have a better work life balance.

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    7 people found this helpful  

    left traumatized...

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsI worked with some fantastic colleagues here and the science is cutting edge. the compensation package was very attractive.

    ConsThere was absolutely no work-life balance, employees had no voice and middle management is poor to say the least. I got the impression managers relied on HR to do their jobs for them...which was to manage.The HR Director was downright rude and may be in the wrong area as human compassion is something she is totally lacking.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement could use soft skills training i.e. effective communication, conflict resolution, and morale/ leadership development.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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