Alkermes Reviews

Updated October 10, 2014
Updated October 10, 2014
20 Reviews
3.5
20 Reviews
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  1.  

    Nice

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    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Boston, MA

    I worked at Alkermes

    Pros

    Good pay, good company culture

    Cons

    Management needs to understand people can learn.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Staffing not keeping up with growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alkermes

    Pros

    Great benefits, great pipeline, flexible hours/WFH

    Cons

    no focus on personal growth, no onboarding, not enough headcount to account for recent growth resulting in untenable timelines

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider acquiring a small company so that we have the staff to complete all the work!

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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
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  5. 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 (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
  6. 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)

    No opinion 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.  

    Small company, many growing pains

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Manufacturing business, patient focus on new product development

    Cons

    Wavering commitments from senior management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It may be helpful to execute on a 5-year plan

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Questionable management maturity in a small shop

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alkermes

    Pros

    Decent holiday parties. Small pharma mentality.

    Cons

    People who are offensive or abusive should not be tolerated in any way. Alkermes rewards bad management behavior, does nothing to rid itself of the people who are self-serving and dictatorial, and promotes an uncaring disrespectful atmosphere toward its employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the lowest levels of the organization. They often go unheard, and fear management retaliation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good science but not a great place to work.

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

    I worked at Alkermes

    Pros

    Interesting pipeline and technology. Employees are generally friendly and collaborative. Casual work environment.

    Cons

    Top-down communication is poor. You're either liked and promoted or dis-liked and included in the yearly layoff. Little spent on professional growth and training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase communication and exchange of information at all levels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    no career development/training, poor benefits and compensation

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Alkermes

    Pros

    they practice good science -

    Cons

    No career development/training, poor benefits and compensation. Poor strategy by management (that recently made a mass exodus) left the company with not much of a future in their pipeline.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees, train Directors/ADs/senior scientists in basic management skills. Improve HR function in the organization- increase activities, training and career development programs at all levels of the organization, benefits, team building activities, etc.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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