Allergan Reviews

Updated June 28, 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. Business Development Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Allergan (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Well known company with good, efficacious products and great research and development. Great at building markets and supporting those markets with sizable investment in marketing tools

    Cons

    Tend to view themselves as "above" everyone else in business

    Advice to Management

    Remember to keep your feet grounded and do what is right for the customer and your people


  2. Great Culture

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Allergan full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Empowering, can move between divisions and careers, like a family, constantly learning new things, allows telecommuting, encourages fitness and healthy lifestyle

    Cons

    not a place to just put in your 8 hours and go home, a lot of uncertainty and churn since the recent acquisition

    Advice to Management

    Do what you can to keep the good people that stayed, but allow those that are not happy to go so the company can move on to the next challenge.


  3. Helpful (5)

    Hope culture stays

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    • 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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  5. Corporate

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Allergan

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Largest pharma employer in Orange county

    Cons

    Since merger all ideas concepts and changes are definee by legacy forest and it isn't an improvement

    Advice to Management

    Stop saying this is a merger or cultures it is not


  6. Helpful (2)

    Microbiologist

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Wonderful place to work. Opportunities and experience.

    Cons

    Upper management decisions based on politics not data

    Advice to Management

    Make data driven decisions


  7. Good company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Allergan

    Pros

    some good coworkers and managers

    Cons

    Too much politics. Some Sr. managements are un-effective to manage people


  8. Sr. Finished Goods Planner

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    Former Employee - Senior Finished Goods Planner in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Finished Goods Planner in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Allergan (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good working environment and benefits

    Cons

    some coworkers are not friendly to new employee.


  9. Where is the work life balance

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    • 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

    Great company with great products.

    Cons

    Territories to large to really have work life balance


  10. Allergan Review

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Allergan

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

    Pros

    Great gym. Great people. I enjoyed working there before Actavis took over.

    Cons

    I would have liked more personal development.

    Advice to Management

    Have the supervisors and managers work to mentor and develop employees.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Senior Scientist

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Irvine, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company prior to the merger. Career development was encouraged and supported. Nice facilities and work environment.

    Cons

    1000+ lay offs of very talented people. Most senior employees that built company were discarded. New company cares about stock price and bottom dollar.

    Advice to Management

    Allergan WAS a Gem! May it rest in peace.



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