Allergan Reviews in Irvine, CA

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
190 Reviews

3.3
190 Reviews
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Allergan Chairman, President & CEO David E. I. Pyott
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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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  1.  

    One of the few rewarding companies

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Allergan full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good work life balance and smart colleagues.

    Cons

    Can get stressful with layered management and personality clashes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give financial recognition to long loyal employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Potential to be great

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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 full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Understands the importance of work-life balance. Great people that desire to put in their best. Offers great benefits and fair compensation.

    Cons

    Numerous functional departments leading to silo'd culture. Change occurs, but at a slow rate due to occasional bureaucracy. Needs to differentiate who are leaders and who are suitable to be managers. Leaders are not always managers, vice-versa.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more effort into the talent development of people. Integrate values into all aspects of work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    OK

    • 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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Career Advancement Opportunity
    Political barrier and silos

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    It was a good experience....

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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 full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Very professional environment, great campus, good benefits.... I don't know it it's a pro, but getting in was a difficult process and it reflects in the quality of the coworkers.

    Cons

    Advancement is lagging. Lots of 'career development' talk, but it's mostly a smoke screen to point out why you get the minimum.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With managements locked in bonus structure it's difficult to feel they connect with the people doing the actual work.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    It was a good experience while it lasted...

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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 full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Very professional coworkers, great campus, steady work flow. Is it a pro it's difficult to get into the company, but it shows up in the high level performance of coworkers

    Cons

    Restructure from hostile takeover bid gutting the company
    'Career development' plans come across more as a smoke screen as reason why they limit your promotions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should be held to the same standards for profit sharing bonus as those below them. They appear more focused on covering their butts then making solid decisions.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Rock solid!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Consistent messaging. Focus on what we deliver and its impact on our patients. Emphasis on collaboration, passion, innovation. Great place for a go-getter who is not afraid to take on more responsibility in pursuit of greater opportunity. Competitive salaries and benefits. Beautiful campus. Encouragement and tools to get healthy-stay healthy.

    Cons

    Like every other organization, we now do more with less. Maintaining that work-life balance is an increasingly challenging state and a sign of the times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to provide in roads for dedicated employees to advance, and offer cross-training and mentoring to increase their value to the organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great work environment in R&D

    Former Employee - R&D Biological Sciences  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - R&D Biological Sciences in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Allergan as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Really friendly work environment and great leadership from upper management and supervisors. Lots of meetings with different departments so everyone knows about what is going on at the company.

    Cons

    Research sometimes requires coming in on weekends and holidays to complete experiments. Somewhat strict company policies.

  9.  

    Has a great worker friendly environment.

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

    I have been working at Allergan as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Good pay and compensation and flexible schedules.

    Cons

    Unknown future of company. Possible layoffs and costs cuts in near future.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company but too much politics

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Director  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Allergan full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people really care about what they are doing and want to do a good job

    Cons

    A lot of people who have been there too long and thus the politics got int he way of doing things.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Your Connection matters far more than your achievements

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regulatory Affairs Professional  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Regulatory Affairs Professional in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Allergan full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice campus, OK benefit.

    Cons

    Lots of unqualified people in management roles. There is no appreciation for actual achievements, you will not get promotion or bonus unless you kiss up to management. HR is not there to protect employee rights and is the management puppet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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