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Allergan Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
232 Reviews
3.4
232 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.  

    Director-level positions

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

    I worked at Allergan

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Corporate Culture, and opportunities for travel. Most positions require a graduate degree, yet they are known to make some exceptions for years of experience.

    Cons

    Located in Orange County, in Southern California, so very high cost of living. Long commute if relocating to more affordable housing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more opportunities to males and to minorities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    The Big Boys in Pharm Industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  3.  

    Lopsided Rewards

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - New Product Introduction in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - New Product Introduction in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at Allergan

    Pros

    Excellent pay for the work performed. Great facilities and benefits. Great people to have on your teams. Manufacturing in Costa Rica makes company travel a bit more exciting.

    Cons

    Bonuses are paid on poor metrics. Paid out on completion dates not if the product actually works. This sends the wrong message to the whole corporation. Lots of long term employees that resist changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change metrics for how employees are rewarded for not only keeping projects on task but that they actually work as intended

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    "Employee's scared of the future"

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

    I have been working at Allergan full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, great colleagues, beautiful campus, and awesome resources for employee advancement.

    Cons

    Since the Actavis take over, Allergan has put people's lives on hold. Many people have left and are planning to leave-due to the uncertainty of the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None-management is great.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    A good place to work for initial work experience.

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

    I have been working at Allergan full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The employees at Allergan are friendly, and are willing to help out whenever they can. Allergan provides plenty of training, and if you feel that you have not received enough on a certain task, they are more than willing to provide more until you can perform your duties correctly and confidently. Allergan expects things to be done to correct way, no cutting corners. They take pride in the products they make, and want to deliver only the best quality to their patients.

    Cons

    Lots of overtime, most production departments work weekends, and all holidays (except for Christmas, so far)
    Poor communication
    Lack of team work
    Understaffed and overworked
    More promotions come from external hires than from within, you can be in the same position for years. More work is added, but no monetary compensation in return.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When employees come to you with a problem, do your best to fix it. If it is out of your reach, go to the next level of management to resolve the issue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Great Company, Very Respectable

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Allergan

    Pros

    The company is well respected by the patients we support with our products. Internal team support is, across the board, structured and evolving. I appreciate the learning opportunities and my colleague's expertise. Our senior managers are approachable. The growth of the company is indicative of its reputation.

    Cons

    This is not really a 'Con', but individuals working at Allergan stay well informed of what is described as challenges in this industry and carefully address issues faced in this year and years ahead.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent, great management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Surgical Sales in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Surgical Sales in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Allergan (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, able to work independently

    Cons

    Can't think of any, offer a better car option

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company with high level of integrity!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor - Product Surveillance in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Supervisor - Product Surveillance in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Allergan (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Amazing opportunities and chances for career development. Wonderful people throughout the company. Innovation and efficiency is encouraged and rewarded. Diversity of the company allows for endless career development. Interdepartmental cooperation and communication is always an open forum. Everyone really does try to work together to reach the best outcome. Individual and team success are both valued.

    Cons

    All large companies have red tape that you must try to get through to make a change. Lack of transparency in some aspects involving sensitive information.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep striving for innovation and process improvement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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