Alkermes Reviews

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
19 Reviews

3.6
19 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Experience, just waiting to be a full-time employee.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alkermes

    Pros

    Beautiful work environment, great co-workers, and excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Company is hesitant to hire someone without the necessary experience, although they are over qualified.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just a little more chance for advancement and pay raises for younger workers who deserve it.

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    IT Project Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Alkermes

    Pros

    Small co
    Great leadership
    Lotsa fun perks
    Volunteering in community days.

    Cons

    Some lack of direction of business units made supporting their IT needs difficult.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Tremendous colleagues & good benefits

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alkermes full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Compensation is above average and despite being over 300 employees on site still has company outing & Christmas party each year.. The scientists are very talented. Company's aggressive approach has been rewarded with the stock nearly tripling over the last three years. Enocourags personal growth and provides the opportunities readily & frequently.

    Cons

    Highly political environment. It is critical for your career and possible employment status to align yourself with key managers and personnel. Once out of favor nothing will restore your "good" status. Emotional Intelligence is much more important than technical skill to do well. Company has become very compartmentalized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rewarding only the politically savvy at the expense of losing highly talented technical staff will not allow the company to sustain its highly successful approach it has used to date. The compartmentalization of functions & departments currently occurring is leading to silos and will erode overall effectiveness of the US sites.

    Recommends
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    Alkermes

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alkermes

    Pros

    Good compensation, 401k matching is very generous.

    Cons

    If you're in, you're in. If you are out, your are out. Just like High School.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company for an intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Alkermes as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good science, friendly people, casual working atmosphere, nice and clean facility.

    Cons

    Not there long enough to tell.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not there long enough to tell.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Consistent infighting and fingerpointing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alkermes

    Pros

    product line is in growth phase

    Cons

    Commercial team distracted by individual performance not corporate achievement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Engineer I

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Wilmington, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, OH

    I worked at Alkermes full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very clean Pharma facility. Aggressive CAPX budgets, always a plus for project engineers. Quality driven.

    Cons

    Too much inter-office dating at every level in the company. It made for a really weird working environment. The corporate office was also out of touch with the needs and operations of the manufacturing plants.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, solid pipeline, lots of room for growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Alkermes full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The company offers flexible work arrangements, room for growth, a highly collaborative atmosphere, a solid pipeline, and an approach rooted in science but run for a long term profit.

    Cons

    It's not always clear how the different parts of the company can work together given the different cultures at the different locations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve vertical communication among layers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Chance to make an impact.

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    Current Employee - Scientist  in  Wilmington, OH
    Current Employee - Scientist in Wilmington, OH

    I have been working at Alkermes full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Data driven. Results oriented. Technical challenges abound. Input is valued.

    Cons

    More QA than one would expect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay aggressive with development programs. Keep a handle on the Quality Systems, but watch for trival wasted efforts that don't add value.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent place to start your career

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Alkermes full-time

    Pros

    - Decent pay & good benefits package
    - Location was great; at the center of the biotech scene in MA
    - Hired a lot of young people, which made the workplace fun and exciting even though the work wasn't

    Cons

    - Too clicky and senior managers seemed to play favorites
    - A lot of politics
    - Wish I learned more of the science behind things; live and die by SOP's
    - Silo'd at times; tough to do things outside-the-box (unless you were one of the favorites)

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