Amylin Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
79 Reviews

3.5
79 Reviews
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Amylin Pharmaceuticals President, CEO, and Director Dan Bradbury
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55 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance, Good colleagues, Nice city to work in and a great area (in 8 reviews)

  • If you have to live in San Diego Amylin can give you a paycheck (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Transparency by upper-management made it difficult to trust the future of the company (in 7 reviews)

  • They company has been purchased by big pharma company in 2012, (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amylin Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    It was a great company to work for with very supportive management.

    Cons

    poor decision to buy out Lilly alliance, led to acquisition by BMS

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Patient focused, life changing medications, dedicated sales staff

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    Former Employee - Diabetes Sales Specialist  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Diabetes Sales Specialist in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Amylin Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Run your own business, really helped patients, feel like you are making a difference, great pipeline of products, district managers are knowledgeable and respected

    Cons

    They sold out to big pharma, BMS became more interested in their products than patients success, then they sold off to AstraZeneca and ruined the diabetes franchise.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Group of People. Great Company Values

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    Former Employee - Engineering Intern  in  Hamilton, OH
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Hamilton, OH

    I worked at Amylin Pharmaceuticals as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    As an intern I had the opportunity interact with many groups in the plant and had the opportunity to learn what I was good at and what I was not good at. This gave me the start I needed to begin my career path.

    Cons

    As a contracted employee I was not privy to the benefits of the company, but the educational experience I received made up for that. Also this company was bought out by Bristol Meyer Squibb then sold to AstraZeneca. I am sure things have changed dramatically within the organization since I left.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Amylin is a great mid size pharma with good science and great integrity. However got acquired by big pharma and closed.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Amylin Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The employees are talented, passionate in science, flexibile and very professional. Great company to work for.

    Cons

    Company got acquired by BMS/AZ and sadly being closed down.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Wish it could have lasted longer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amylin Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, great co-workers. Was a fun place to work. We turned out life-changing products.

    Cons

    Too bad management couldn't find a way to make it last.

  7.  

    Used to be a great company, then bureaucracy took over

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amylin Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Dynamic work environment, always changing (acquisitions, partnerships, etc.). You can learn a lot. Acquired by Astra Zeneca.

    Cons

    Upper management, self-important and cya. My boss treated people very differently depending on their level within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick genuine leaders who are confident and want to do the right thing. Don't just hire everyone's buddy and give them a fat job/salary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Working at the plant during its construction and start up involved long hours and much stress.

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Director in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Amylin Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    New manufacturing plant in Ohio is state of the art. Its nice to work in a clean environment with the latest technology. Compensation and benefits are consistent with pharma industry, very good overall.

    Cons

    Multiple acquisitions in the last two years has been demoralizing for the staff while at the same time trying to get approval for and launch new products. It often feels like a never ending fire fight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to find strong leadership for the plant in Ohio.

  9.  

    Great company - sad to see it go

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    Current Employee - Operations  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Operations in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, attention to employee needs and focus on the patients. Great to work here for so many years

    Cons

    Challenging times, management became a little lost after several setbacks. Just got aquired and now closing their doors

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Grew too big too fast.

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    Current Employee - Senior R&D Associate  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Associate in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    The management was very flexible and it made it easy to have a good work/life balance. Work with good colleagues who are dedicated to science and helping out patients.

    Cons

    Very uncertain whether you will have a job. Went through several phases of lay offs starting from 2008. Not much opportunity for career growth. Bought out by BMS and now Astra Zeneca. The San Diego site is closing and Ohio site will remain open.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Rewarding.

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative  in  Manchester, NH
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Manchester, NH

    I worked at Amylin Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great pay and challenging environment.

    Cons

    Biotech world is always looking over your shoulder for the big pharma buy out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest and up front.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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