Alkermes Reviews

Updated August 12, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    I worked at Alkermes for 7 years and had a very positive experience.

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

    Pros

    As far as corporate offices go, it's a good balance of working hard and playing hard. People are generally cordial and down-to-earth, although due to the merger with EDT, expansion is causing the social atmosphere to stiffen.

    Cons

    It is located off of Rt 95 smack in between 90 (the Mass Pike) and Route 2 - it's the intersection of some of the worst traffic in Massachusetts. There is no room to grow as an employee...in my 7 years there, none of my contemporaries developed into a larger role. You cannot become a manager or director here unless you already are one from prior experience.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees the ability to grow. It is near impossible to grow out of a low level role here.


  2. Sales Operations

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

    I have been working at Alkermes full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good bennies, huge potential for future growth. Company up and coming.

    Cons

    Boom or bust type of company. Lacks great leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Need to find leaders who know how to lead better.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Good company in many ways, but consider very carefully whether you will fit in...

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

    Pros

    Alkermes R&D has an exceptional team of talented scientists, lead by a senior management team that is very strong scientifically. Salary and benefits are excellent.

    Cons

    Alkermes has a top-down command-and-control culture, with too much micromanagement and not enough empowerment/trust. Individuals who question the status quo or do not instantly align themselves 100% with the prevailing senior management position are quickly marginalized (or worse), even when they have valid reasons for taking an alternative view and have the best interests of the company at heart. Such individuals have no hope of rehabilitation. For middle management roles in R&D, political adeptness is far more important for career success than scientific/technical/managerial ability.

    Advice to Management

    Value middle management more, listen to their opinions and lever their experience/expertise. Give them realistic objectives, empower and trust them to deliver, and they will produce ever greater success for the company.


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  5. Nice

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, good company culture

    Cons

    Management needs to understand people can learn.


  6. 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.


  7. 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.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Great company, solid pipeline, lots of room for growth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  9. Helpful (8)

    Tremendous colleagues & good benefits

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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.


  10. Helpful (7)

    Innovative R&D company that demands the best science and work

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

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

    Pros

    Alkermes tries (and successfully) does a lot with a small R&D team. Each person is a highly-valued member of their team and contributes significantly to each project and has a direct impact to that project's development. New ideas are usually welcomed if they are scientifically supported. The workforce is relatively young and makes for a more fun office environment. There are a good amount of managers that care about their direct reports' career development and overall work/life balance. Company does a good job of trying to celebrate achievements with employees and upper management seems to value and be open to questions and comments from the lower-level employees.

    Cons

    Because Alkermes supports so many projects with such a small R&D force, the workload can be at times, quite heavy, with more than several instances where vacation time has been suspended in order to meet project deadlines months before. Career development can be stymied or ground to a halt depending on the manager you have. Some are fantastic, others can be less than desirable.

    Advice to Management

    A stronger focus on career development and promoting existing workers across all departments, not just a few departments would do much to help retain some talent that has been lost over the years. Increased support/funding for additional R&D positions would help return the workload to a more manageable scale for the majority of employees, as people tend to burn out and look for other opportunities, despite having respect for managers, the company and their work. Some departments/managers are fantastic, while others leave much to be desired and seem like a completely different company with less than ideal values.


  11. On the upslope of growth

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Alkermes is a great sized company that provides the flexibility and individual value of each employee while having the resources to support initiatives and programs.

    Cons

    As a small biotech there are limited career growth opportunities in the short term, but future growth should afford significant career advancement options



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