Alkermes Reviews

Updated August 12, 2015
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  1. Helpful (8)

    Tremendous colleagues & good benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alkermes full-time (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 Management

    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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    IT Project Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  3. Helpful (6)

    Alkermes

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

    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.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Consistent infighting and fingerpointing

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

    Pros

    product line is in growth phase

    Cons

    Commercial team distracted by individual performance not corporate achievement


  6. Helpful (2)

    Engineer I

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, OH
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alkermes full-time (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.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Great company, solid pipeline, lots of room for growth

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alkermes full-time (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 Management

    Improve vertical communication among layers.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Chance to make an impact.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist in Wilmington, OH
    Current Employee - Scientist in Wilmington, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    More QA than one would expect.

    Advice to Management

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


  9. Helpful (3)

    Decent place to start your career

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    No opinion of CEO

    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)


  10. Helpful (3)

    Solid workplace

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great workplace, very supportive of family and life balancing. Solid benefits and competitive salary. Friendly people. Small pharmaceutical culture/atmosphere

    Cons

    The merger with Elan is taking time to balance the corporate cultures. Turnover trends low which can limit opportunity as growth is slow.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Good place to grow strong impact on helping me develop.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanic in Wilmington, OH
    Former Employee - Mechanic in Wilmington, OH
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits Good Pay Good People

    Cons

    Micro Managing Very Demanding Long Drive



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