Allergan Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
191 Reviews

3.2
191 Reviews
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Allergan Chairman, President & CEO David E. I. Pyott
David E. I. Pyott
136 Ratings

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    VERY disorganized, hiring the last few years and now cutting staff by 1/3. People tend to leave after 2 years.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bridgewater, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgewater, NJ

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

    Pros

    Some groups have nice bosses. HR puts a good face on things.

    Cons

    California based company and not interested in how to do things better. Can be very political and don't expect a team atmosphere, it's dog eat dog. Must be a very seasoned professional who likes politics to make it with this company. Do not depend on HR to give an accurate picture when interviewing. Irvine based employees enjoy a much better atmosphere than people based in other states (CRO atmosphere).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top management doesn't seem to know what to do and how to do it. Middle management
    is just trying to hang on and watching their backs. Employees are being forced to deal with
    vague priorities, unrealistic expectations, poor tools/systems, and old SOPs/WIs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company but too much politics

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    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Your Connection matters far more than your achievements

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    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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  5.  

    Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Goleta, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Goleta, CA

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

    Pros

    Benefits, schedule and co-workers are great. You often work in an environment with intelligent, hard-working people who are dedicated to doing the right thing and challenge you to excel.

    Cons

    The work/life balance can be non-exisitant; promotions can be very hard to come by, and are often based not on the merit of your work or need, but only if there is a vacancy in that next position/title.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management can be very disconnected and unresponsive, I would like to see them become more involved.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent atmosphere

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    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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Love it here!

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

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

    Pros

    Great products and future prospects. Fair amount of opportunity. Care about their employees. Happy with pay/benefits. Great people. And who can complain about living and working in So Cal?!

    Cons

    Could be a little less conservative in their approach to innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop talking and get it done!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    First 6 years were good working under the Director that hired me. However, mgmt in general were quite dystunctional.

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits were decent. Campus lovely.

    Cons

    Highly politically charged environment. Upper and middle management have no regard for their employees whatsoever.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good work environment, implement continuous improvement, but need to be more fair on promotion and workload.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Most employees are good and smart, many opportunities for growth. Good time-off policies, good work environment. Treat long term employees well.

    Cons

    Inconsistent promotions duration among different departments. Unfair compensation for amount of workloads and between levels. For example an employee at a lower level makes almost as much as an employee at one higher level who has much more years of experience and responsibilities. Some department started to implement horizontal advancement instead of vertical.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Apply what was learn from coaching workshop.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    R&D culture needs to improve

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

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

    Pros

    • Great facilities and campus
    • Great growth and promotional opportunities for PhD scientists early in career
    • Great learning opportunities due to smaller company size
    • There are individuals who are well-trained, innovative, and easy to work with

    Cons

    • Limited growth and promotional opportunities for middle career PhD scientists
    • Lack of clear accountability for decision making
    • Lack of focus on activities that drive decision making
    • Poor leadership and communication skills by line and middle management
    • Too many initiatives on engagement and leadership
    • Persistent low performance of too many scientists

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase growth and promotional opportunities by reevaluating steps at the high end. Completely separate management and scientific tracks to maximize opportunities and growth for scientists (project work) and managers (people, operations and organizational strategy).Strengthen line and middle management, and remove layers of lower management and those with poor communication skills. Maximize PhD scientists by limiting non-judgement-based work. Actively manage those scientists that can be trained, and manage out those who truly have limited capabilities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Hell with fluorescent lighting

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Allergan full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Nice vacation allotment if you can find time to take it. Pretty campus. A great place to learn a variety of skills.

    Cons

    1.) Too many layers of ineffective management. Directors, Sr. Directors, & VPs are routinely hired from outside the company (advertised job descriptions will specify that they want people from outside) rather than growing internal talent and promoting from within. These managers frequently have no experience with the tasks their reports perform and have no idea how the tasks are accomplished but will happily tell you it is taking too long to do it and you have to find a way to speed it up. VPs and Sr. VPs often seem more interested in increasing their headcount and building their empires than in getting quality drugs on the market to help consumers.
    2.) Frequent organizational changes. The constant managerial instability makes it difficult to perform at an optimal level as you spend a huge amount of time trying to explain to new managers what you do. Averaging more than a supervisor a year is normal.
    3.) Work/life balance seems to depend on your role. There were some people who only put in 30-35 hours a week and others who routinely worked 60+ but could never catch up on their assigned tasks and metrics.
    4.) Getting promoted is difficult (my department averaged only about a 7% rate per year) and even when you are promoted it isn’t really worth it as the raise is only about 5%. Management is however, happy to revise your job description giving you additional responsibilities (but never removing existing ones) without an increase in compensation or title.
    5.) Telecommuting, flex-time,etc. are not a thing here. Pretty much everyone is a salaried employee. Some managers recognize work-life balance, others will demand to know every time you leave 15 minutes early for a dentist appointment while ignoring the weekends worked and 12 hour days you put in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the organizational charts. How many Supervisors, Managers, Directors, Sr. Directors, VPs, & Sr. VPs do you really need and what are they actually contributing?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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