Allergan Reviews

Updated July 24, 2015
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Allergan Chairman, President & CEO David E. I. Pyott
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Pros
  • Understands the importance of work-life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • Great company with pretty good benefits (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance seems to depend on your role (in 18 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great While It Lasted

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Allergan full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, lots of room for growth and great co-workers. Management is (was) willing to listen to new ideas and encouraged exploring solutions for improving efficiency and reducing waste.

    Cons

    Went into panic mode in the face of a hostile takeover. In the end, I feel that more could have been done to keep the company independent, instead of settling for the "lesser evil" of competing takeover suitors.

    Advice to Management

    (This is for the new management.) Make at least an effort to get to know the people before deciding to lay them off - they may be more valuable than your bean counters would have you believe.


  2. Allergan

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

    I have been working at Allergan full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, good people, beautiful campus in headquarters, large company, a lot of money to outfit labs and support studies

    Cons

    Recently acquired and there have been a lot of layoffs. Salary tends to be on the lower side but benefits can make up for it Medical device side of business is dwarfed by Pharma side. Difficulties working between medical device and pharma silos


  3. Senior Project Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Allergan (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some good leaders, with the recent transition it appears better leadership teams are being formed. A lot of potential

    Cons

    Old Allergan was very old school, new Allergan is hard to tell.


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  5. R&D scientist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Allergan

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is located in a nice location. there are many interesting projects going on. discounted skin care products provided to employees

    Cons

    relatively low salary, and no similar jobs around


  6. Associate Professional

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mission Viejo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mission Viejo, CA

    I worked at Allergan full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment and good salary compared to others in Orange County. Gym, Par course for exercise.

    Cons

    New company let go many very talented individuals.

    Advice to Management

    Stick with the time invested employees. Don't let a number make your decision on deciding to keep someone.


  7. Growing Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Allergan

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Constantly growing, tons of opportunity, very smart CEO, free car, better than average commission payouts, new products to sell on a yearly basis.

    Cons

    If you don't like change this is not the company to work at. Lower salaries than industry average. Must be able to work in a team.


  8. Senior Professional, R&D

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Allergan

    Pros

    Excellent company to work for

    Cons

    Bought by Actavis. Don't have negative comments

    Advice to Management

    Under new Management


  9. Intern

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - R & D Intern in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - R & D Intern in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Allergan (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Friendly people, organized structure, great campus

    Cons

    Limited restaurants that were walking distance from Allergan, no other cons I can think of.


  10. Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Allergan (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It used to be a very good company to work for until Actavis took over. Great salaries, great location and a great group of people to work with.

    Cons

    The environment is not the same anymore and the morale is still very low since Actavis took over. A lot of the great people that made the company great were left go.

    Advice to Management

    Leave Allergan alone. They were one of the most successful companies before. Obviously the knew what they were doing.


  11. Helpful (6)

    Hope culture stays

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Allergan full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smaller company, access to leadership, accountability

    Cons

    Recently bought by Actavis. Even though keeping the Allergan name in the US, Actavis is the "ruling company" and I'm concerned that the culture may change. Change isn't always bad - if you're interviewing with them, ask a lot of questions about what's going to change in 2016 and beyond.



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