Allergan Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
198 Reviews
3.3
198 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.  

    Great culture Great people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Marlow, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Marlow, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The culture at Allergan is very entrepreneurial. You see little bureaucracy in the office and there is a strong can-do attitude and everyone focuses on getting things done. It's very hard to hide behind red tape here.

    The office is very international - you don't find a dominant British culture here. Especially at the management level I'd say there are even more non-British than British - from all over continental Europe and also quite a few Aussies. People value what you deliver and are very result-driven, especially in the Commercial area including marketing and sales.

    Cons

    There has been some degree of complacency due to the success where the company has outperformed the Pharmaceutical industry for more than 20 years. Leadership is too comfortable with the success and is not innovating its business model. Also with the relatively small size compared to the giants such as GSK or Pfizer, there is little room for innovation fund - which makes the culture very project centric. This means the strategy can be short-sighted with less investment for long term growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Amazing corporate culture, strong pipeline with heavy emphasis on R&D, and great group of people to work with. Performance based rewards...high functioning and demanding.

    Cons

    Large geographical territories, administrative duties can be a task (but that's normal for all companies).

  3.  

    Wonderful experience, hard work and innovation are rewarded

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Positive collaborative work environment with lots of advancement opportunities

    Cons

    Tough to achieve work life balance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall, a wonderful place to work at

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Allergan full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, great location, lots of flexibility, no micro-management, professional coworkers and many opportunities to work on several different projects.

    Cons

    Compensation and raises may be lower than other companies. Hard to move up without a PhD if you're in research. Overall, this company has great company culture, although in the past few years, it isn't as apparent as it use to be.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    One of the few rewarding companies

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  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.  

    Awesome

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Allergan full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Really great people and products

    Cons

    None - great place to work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay independent

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent atmosphere

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Secretary  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Secretary in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Allergan full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The betterment of humanity. Excellent culture. Truly will acknowledge and reward innovative/cost savings/bottom-line enhancing/efficiency related ideas.

    I did recommend a friend and a relative for positions and both were hired and happy/fulfilled.

    Cons

    Depends on the group/department. Overall dedicated people who pursue their life's career passion are the happiest to be around.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Allergan is a great company to work for with a portfolio of extremely good products.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Finance in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Allergan is the single largest employer based in Orange County and they strive to treat their employees right. They have a standard time off policy and the company work-life balance is fairly well managed. Allergan also has a very generous tuition reimbursement program.

    Cons

    Career-advancement; the opportunities are somewhat limited to advance, and they sometimes lose talent due to the lack of clear career-pathing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider building a career pathing tool and integrate it as a part of the annual review process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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