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Allergan Reviews in Irvine, CA

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
234 Reviews
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234 Reviews
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Allergan Chairman, President & CEO David E. I. Pyott
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance, with onsite gyms and programs to aid with your well being (in 18 reviews)

  • The company offered good benefits and there were some great people to work with (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Very little work/life balance; no understanding or tolerance of extenuating circumstances (in 18 reviews)

  • Layoffs targeted the lowest levels instead of "cutting the fat" in middle management (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    The Big Boys in Pharm Industry

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - R&D Lab in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - R&D Lab in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Allergan

    Pros

    Biggest pharm. company in Socal - they have buildings that take up an entire lot! Lots of perks such as cafeteria, gym, great view, rich people walking everywhere. Very very nice security guards though.

    Cons

    You are nothing but a number unless you're upper management. No personal 1 on 1, but rather anonymity in work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more 1 on 1 to the lower end of the workers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Have you believe they care but they do not!!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Allergan

    Pros

    Salary, gym and nice campus in Irvine.

    Cons

    No room for growth, they only promote once in a while and then you have to be with the in crowd. Too much politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New blood is needed in middle/senior management. Maybe Actavis so help resolve this!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Allergan review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - National Training Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - National Training Manager in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Salary and appreciating stock options

    Cons

    Incompetent leaders that focus solely on work and not people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop your people

    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Perfect place to work if you're looking for stability

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Allergan part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Big profitable company that will provide you great compensation (salary, benefits), work/life balance, and very friendly coworkers.

    Cons

    No excitement, very corporate top-down management. Currently downsizing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing really wrong. This company works well for people who are looking for this type of job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Used to be Great - Those Days are Gone

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Allergan full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some of the best colleagues I have ever worked with.
    Stayed busy.
    Decent compensation.
    Beautiful headquarters campus.
    Top management was very smart, very lucky, or mix of both. They could dive into a pile of manure and always come up with a rose.

    Cons

    Before purchase by Actavis:
    Very political despite veneer of gentility. Brown-nose and don't rock the boat, and you will be rewarded
    If you are ambitious but have the wrong manager, your flame will be extinguished if you stay. Be prepared to move on.
    Weak CIO must have taken leadership cues from the Obama administration. Poor judgment used in assembling IT management team.

    After purchase:
    If you seek employment in R&D or Manufacturing, you're good.
    Advice to those seeking employment in IT, Sales and Marketing, Human Resources, Distribution, and Legal: look elsewhere until Actavis figures out how to digest this whale along with the other unfinished integrations from other recent acquisitions. You will no longer be at the center of the universe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actavis:
    Keep R&D and Manufacturing intact.
    Encourage R&D to find something other than the botulinum toxin on which to build the future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to work in

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IS Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - IS Analyst in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Employees are smart and usually have good number of years of experience working in the same industry or in their profession.

    Most of them have MBAs or a certain type of certification (e.g. CISSP)

    Regardless, there is a lot of room for growth for each individual working in here (endless opportunities).

    Also, employees are very respectful of each other; haven't encountered any kind of rudeness during my stay.

    The company encourages dynamic thinking yet careful deployment of ideas.

    Management is very much aligned in meeting the corporate goal. This translates to a clearer objective of the tasks being asked of subordinates.

    Great work-life balance esp for those with families.

    Cons

    Job promotion comes slow in some department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We know you do but it won't hurt to reiterate.... Please take good care of your employees. The simple ways of appreciation puts a pack of encouragement to the Allergan team.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Lay offs inevitable

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Data Manager in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Allergan full-time

    Pros

    Compensation was fair. Had great colleagues. Was able to branch out and learn more than the typical data manager. Had good opportunities under my manager but many others did not have that.

    Cons

    Management was a clique. You can't express concerns regarding management b/c the Director/VP protected their direct reports. For example, it took multiple people leaving and complaints from Clinical Operations before HR made them fire a senior manager for incompetence. They want you to believe there is professional development but it's the opposite. Managers were not concerned with retaining employees throughout my years here. We've seen many talented professionals leave. Training was sub par and completed by a group that were not data managers.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent Companies with great Employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist (Biochemist) in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist (Biochemist) in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Allergan full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I like the ability to progress in my career and have increasing responsibilities.

    Cons

    They are very heavy in middle-management and not enough people to actually do the work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't really on large influx of money from products to overspend when you could be conserving your resources.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Summer Intern during hostile take over attempt

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Allergan as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Really nice facilities, fun and friendly coworkers.

    Cons

    Lots of layoffs during the three months that I was there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Avoid a takeover from Valeant Inc

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Reasonably good employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Allergan full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Stable , profit making company. Average benefits.

    Cons

    Slow career growth for most.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide stock to employees and a better, faster growth path.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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