Alexion Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated September 1, 2015
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  1. great summer internship

    Former Employee - Marketing Operations Intern in Cheshire, CT
    Former Employee - Marketing Operations Intern in Cheshire, CT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alexion Pharmaceuticals (Less than a year)

    Pros

    gave interns a great deal of freedom and responsibility -- huge learning experience and insight to corporate life

    Cons

    sometimes a little disorganized


  2. Great company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cheshire, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cheshire, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good benefit, work load is not heavy.

    Cons

    too much bureaucracy. slow pace. Several managers have not clue how to mange teams.

    Advice to Management

    employees should be able to evaluate their manager


  3. Helpful (7)

    Work hard sweatshop

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alexion Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Great pay; lots of opportunities for promotions

    Cons

    no work life balance; CEO told all employees that if you are looking for a work life balance firm, look elsewhere; high pressure to perform

    Advice to Management

    Provide better career guidance


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Growing Pains

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cheshire, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cheshire, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people - Great benefits

    Cons

    Slow to promote. Once there, plan on spending your career in the same position for a long time

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring upper management. Company needs employees who actually produce work instead of sitting in meetings figuring out how much more can you squeeze out of the few production workers you actually have.


  6. Helpful (5)

    Too much upper management with no expertise

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are very good. Lower management and individuals are the backbone, know there stuff and work harder than anyone

    Cons

    No opportunities for those in middle management as too many VPs inserted to block upward mobility. Doesn't matter how much you know it's all about exposure and playing politics except the VPs prevent you from having any interaction with management in order to continue the facade of knowing anything about the areas they manage. Forget it if you have been here longer than 3 years and no advancement if you were here for 5 or more. No reward or recognition for those who got this company to the success it has. If you aren't from Pfizer you are screwed. Almost like Pfizer is infiltrating Alexion for a takeover.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your culture survey results.


  7. Helpful (14)

    Terrible. Lots of politics and corruption. Driven by profit and power play.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Medical Director in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Medical Director in New Haven, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good drug and science, great rare disease space, innovative, interesting disease areas. Some really good and experienced staff who despite all, try to continue the work and do the best they can in this environment. Great potential that despite the soaring stock price may not be fulfilled because of gross mismanagement

    Cons

    Ruined by the desire to make a small rare disease company operate like a Pfizer juggernaut. Many useless layers, and VPs with huge salaries who are given small fiefdoms, and often with no idea what they are doing, trying to be like Lenny Bell, who however intense and micromanaging, was at least a smart scientist. These people are all about managing up and terrorizing below by extreme micromanagement, intimidation, manipulation and absolute disrespect to the people they work with. Very unprofessional, people in power are given free range, and their bad behavior seems to be rewarded. It doesn't seem like they care for the success of the drug the trials or the teams, but only about looking good and getting ahead themselves. A revolving door...many people at mid and high level have left, experienced knowledgeable people have been forced out, and many are being hired all the time. There is no stability or sense of loyalty...really too bad, just thinking about what a great potential this company had and how quickly seems to deteriorate into another corporation that is wasting huge amount of money and talent. Overhiring of VPs to lead tiny programs has led to the VPs micromanaging and practically trying to do the jobs of associate director and below levels,perhaps because they have nothing better to do or have no idea about how to lead teams...this has led only to wasteful time, money and effort management, as they have often impeded instead of helped the work. Eventually the patients and society at large pays for this. Their drug Soliris, is the most expensive in the world, and to think that much of this money is mismanaged and goes to support the huge salaries of useless executives... Really a sad state. Just hope that eventually regulatory or insurance agencies, or the patients, will eventually catch up to this.

    Advice to Management

    Decrease the layers and hiring of VPs, listen to the people who actually do the work, do not insulate yourselves in your bubble, allow for the "worker bees" to review their managers as it is done in other companies, introduce ethics training and hold all, including management, to the same standard. The high salaries and bonuses will not make for a great company, but respect and listening to the advice of your experienced staff, just may. People will not and cannot do their best if disrespected and manipulated or intimidated. Indeed put the patients and safety first, not politics and earnings.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Nurse Case Manager in Cheshire, CT
    Current Employee - Nurse Case Manager in Cheshire, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alexion Pharmaceuticals (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Care about their employees and give good benefits to retain them

    Cons

    Moving to New Haven and not allowing telecommuting


  9. Helpful (11)

    Probably, the worst company ever created

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great drug, great R&D. Some nice people around.

    Cons

    Zero respect to individuals. HR is designed just to please executive level. who in turn is just looking to maximize stock price. Here you will find the worst of the worst executives, who will smile at you, then will lay you off. The reorganization that took place kept only the "yes man". Look at all the reviews and you will see general comments related to employee disrespect. Watch out!

    Advice to Management

    You have already pushed out the people that could have made this a great company. Stay and profit, that's what you do.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Fast-growing, fast-paced and dynamic company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cheshire, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cheshire, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alexion Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Ability to make a difference patients lives with a rare disease

    Cons

    The work environment can be stressful and management should not set unrealistic expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Add more resources


  11. Helpful (7)

    Good company/management needs changes

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Smithfield, RI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Smithfield, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alexion Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Compensation including stock options and bonuses Working for a company with a new and exciting drug in the approval pipeline.

    Cons

    No work life balance. Company expects a lot with little regard to your personnel life. Employees are also scared to bring up issues that would effect Management. Unless you have a college degree don't apply. They look at the degree more than the abilities of the job candidate.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and get out of your ivory tower. You have lost you ability to relate to your employees.



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