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Allergan Reviews

Updated Jul 17, 2014
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3.2 173 reviews

83% Approve of the CEO

Allergan Chairman, President & CEO David E. I. Pyott

David E. I. Pyott

(125 ratings)

63% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • They have a standard time off policy and the company work-life balance is fairly well managed(in 10 reviews)

  • Pretty good benefits, including a GREAT tuition reimbursement program(in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Very little work/life balance; no understanding or tolerance of extenuating circumstances(in 13 reviews)

  • Very weak senior management team especially HR(in 10 reviews)

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    6 people found this helpful  

    Ask the right interview questions before joining

    Director Product Development (Former Employee) Santa Barbara, CA

    ProsGreat place to learn about politics and what it takes to survive at the expense of throwing people under the bus. The company is running so lean and in firefighting mode that you will only get fired if you don't meet corporate milestone that are impact executive bonuses. Everyone goes home around 4pm and the need to work over weekends is not very likely.

    ConsThe site went through a fast growth period and hired lots of average labor rather than taking the time to hire great talent. This lead to not meeting many key milestones. The local middle and upper management’s number one priority is to not close the Santa Barbara site. Corporate management has been slowly sweating everything out to a basic device maintenance factory. They have innovative projects, but these are just for showcase on the pipeline books as they are left hanging around perpetually in the pre-clinical stage. They also have new projects that were actually old projects that were killed many years ago because of issues but are now back the beef up the pipeline. The only projects that are moving are incremental improvements and a project management initiative to implement a stage gate system that is designed for a billion dollar device Company. This stage gate has crippled device projects and most of the key core team leads and members have left because of the rapid down falling portfolio. Nearly all of the device R&D dollars that appear have gone up nicely are actually consumed by massive post approval commitments and clever cross charging back to the core business that is not device R&D focused.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpper management (Irvine) should finish what it started: i.e. cleaning up the device organization from the remaining VPs and certain Directors that are accountable for the many failures to deliver device products. Additionally, the stage gate implementation project management failures should also be made fully accountable as this is the why many core team and technical level key employees have either left or plotting their escape.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    5 people found this helpful  

    Terrible Experience

    Clinical (Former Employee) Santa Barbara, CA

    ProsReputation of company world wide

    ConsPoor management, low salaries, rigid schedules, micro managing, low morale overall

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease look at what your middle management is doing. Do you want to support stagnant "yes" people or do you want to foster dynamic and creative thinking? The Santa Barbara site is rampant with mediocre "leaders" and old school office politics.
    Take a look at the turnover rate and ask yourselves ( or better yet, ask your employees) why?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company if you come in at the top; little upward mobility but tons of experience available

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Irvine, CA

    ProsAllergan runs very lean; therefore, if you want a lot of valuable experience, you can get it here. Really great work-life balance. This company is very conservative and has a lot of leaders with integrity.

    ConsNo room for upward mobility.

    Advice to Senior Managementwork on developing your employees and employee retention.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Systems Administrator (Current Employee) Waco, TX

    ProsGreat work environment, the staff and employees are very kind and professional. Clean working environment with great benefits.

    Conssome times you work on call, not a lot of room for error. I felt as a contract worker I didn't have the privilege the Allergan employees had. Was trained to complete all access of the job only to be dumped to hire a new employee.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe Management had a lot on their hands, but focus should not be taken off the employees. Or certain cases should be made to work better with an employee could become a part of the Allergan team.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very Positive

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThere is career growth and development

    ConsThe territories tend to be large

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    So close, and yet so far...

    Outside Representative (Former Employee)

    ProsCompensation, co-workers, accounts. Working at Allergan really was a rewarding experience on so many levels.

    ConsAllergan is so good, in so many ways. And yet... it still operates very much like a good ol' boys club straight outta' Mad Men. If you're IN, God bless you. If you're OUT, Lord help you. There is a huge amount of under-utilized talent in this company that, if provided the proper channels, could contribute huge value to Allergan's shareholders, providers and patients.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProactively create new channels of opportunity for the next generation, especially women and minorities. This won't be succumbing to "diversity," it will be ensuring Allergan's leadership position well into the future.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Great company to work for, large company with a small company feel

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat campus with lots of on-site perks, knowledgable staff

    ConsLength of time to convert temps

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    Growing company but many internal communication issues

    Medical Science Liaison (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsWell Organized Medical affairs department,

    ConsThe system is imbalanced and biased

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore/ better communication between the departments

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A lot expected for little reward (Waco, TX facility)

    Chemistry Lab Tech II (Current Employee) Waco, TX

    ProsFlexible hours, great place for new grads to meet each other, company performance above average overall

    ConsSub-par pay, favoritism, inconsistently enforced procedures/SOPs, lack of teamwork (especially between departments), high level of complacency (lots of spoilage), poor middle management in all departments, Waco is not the best for everyone

    Advice to Senior ManagementPinpoint the hard workers, reward them, and cut the underperformers

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Average company to work with

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAverage company to work with compensation is ok

    ConsLow salary no room to grow

    Advice to Senior ManagementMicro management

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