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Allergan Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
234 Reviews
3.4
234 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.  

    OK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Career Advancement Opportunity
    Political barrier and silos

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Limited Growth for many, but good opportunities for some

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

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

    Pros

    -Despite what many say, you can have growth opportunities if you're seen as a valuable asset. Allergan does prefer to grow internally.
    -Large R&D budget
    -The company is very strong financially
    -Pay/benefits are good

    Cons

    -Currently going through a hostile takeover. If it goes through, don't bother looking at Allergan anymore.
    -Corporate culture is still old-school. Business casual attire, no gym subsidies, etc.
    -Silo'd organization. People are so silo'd they barely know what their neighbor is working on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Breakdown silos and create a cleaner organizational structure. HR needs to play a stronger role in creating a modern corporate culture.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Associate

    • 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

    Pros

    Great environment, very lean company, supportive growth structure and open communication/transparency

    Cons

    pay not as competitive, but has decent bonus structure and benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep it up!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    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 (more than an 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
  6.  

    Great company to work for.

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

    I worked at Allergan full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers and medical benefits.

    Cons

    Career growth is a challenge as it is in any billion dollar company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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 (less than an 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.

  8.  

    Has a great worker friendly environment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Professional in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Professional in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Allergan as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay and compensation and flexible schedules.

    Cons

    Unknown future of company. Possible layoffs and costs cuts in near future.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 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.

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

    I have been working at Allergan full-time (more than an 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
  10.  

    Good company but too much politics

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Allergan full-time (more than an 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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Your Connection matters far more than your achievements

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regulatory Affairs Professional in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Regulatory Affairs Professional in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Allergan full-time (more than an 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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