Astellas Pharma US Reviews

Updated July 25, 2014
Updated July 25, 2014
52 Reviews

3.0
52 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Seigo Kashii
16 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work Life Balance-hours can be long but not unmanageable (in 5 reviews)

  • Great benefits, pay, work/life balance (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • High turnover of Senior management and having to constantly rebuild relationships (in 3 reviews)

  • There is lack of leadership and absolutely no people management (in 2 reviews)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Great company with very good future

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

    I have been working at Astellas Pharma US

    Pros

    Leadership
    Great Pipeline
    Company will grow and so can a hard-worker

    Cons

    low salary
    The role of Pharmaceutical sales reps are on the decline

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay better base salaries and keep good people around.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Best company I've worked for

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

    I have been working at Astellas Pharma US full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, pay, work/life balance. Astellas as a whole is a great place to work, the best company I've ever worked for.

    Cons

    Too many management layers, too many cooks in the kitchen without trust in Subject Matter Experts. Micromanaging due to lack of confidence as a manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow workforce, cut down on management, and cut down on outsourcing since you get what you pay for

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    IT Systems Managers

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

    I have been working at Astellas Pharma US full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Benefits are very solid and the compensation is very solid.

    Cons

    Work life balance is way more toward work than life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more resources.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5.  

    Great employees and environment

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

    I have been working at Astellas Pharma US as an intern

    Pros

    Astellas is a great place to work in short term. The environment is great since everyone who works there is extremely friendly. Everyone is always willing to help no matter the situation/problem.

    Cons

    I feel the most detrimental thing about working at Astellas is that it is extremely hard to advance your career. You will be stuck in the same position for a very long time even though you push yourself to a limit everyday.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Company has severely gone downhill last couple of years

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

    I worked at Astellas Pharma US full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Decent pay, decent products, great 401K match.

    Cons

    Sub-par management, toxic work environment, corrupt HR, poor direction, severe micro-management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I was an employee for 8 years, having one multiple awards. This place has gone down severely in last couple of years, and management does not seem to care. Toxic environment, with unrealistic expectations. They prefer to manage out of fear. I would not recommend this company to anyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company culture extremely insular. Strange, since it makes liberal use of contractors.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Northbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Northbrook, IL

    I worked at Astellas Pharma US as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    None ... sorry Astellas ... but I can't think of any. Real employees like the salaries and benefits ... but that's real employees. What has happened to America?

    Cons

    Treats contractors as if they're diseased ... no cafeteria discount, no office supplies, no company-sponsored training, very little encouragement or praise, always watching, and doesn't like constructive input ...
    Political gamesmanship at a height. Can be stabbed in the back before you've even taken off your coat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open, invite your contractors in as part of the team ... otherwise, you won't have a team working toward a common goal.

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

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professional Representative - Pcp
    Current Employee - Professional Representative - Pcp

    I have been working at Astellas Pharma US full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Work-life balance is amazing
    - Money$$$, bonuses are great. Work hard sell products and get paid well for your hard work
    - Company cars are always a plus
    - Advance software programs for data/selling, great marketing pieces and Industry products

    Cons

    - Can be political
    - The company as a whole is a great company moving in the right direction, however people point their fingers...
    - HR and managers can easily twist your arm. If you get thrown under the bus for something call Dr. Phill...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    MANAGE, develop, train, encourage, everything other than that needs to stop...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Starting to go down hill

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

    I have been working at Astellas Pharma US full-time

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits great, beautiful complex, great employees, fun

    Cons

    Get stuck--few growth opportunities. "Old boy's" network at the top--no women, and some of those old boys are just plain nuts. Random, unexpected lay-offs from time to time. Your opinion and insights based on past experience are not always welcomed. They are starting to hire management from outside that is changing the company culture in a very negative way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire/Promote women! Stop hiring ex-consultants as managers! They have a totally different mindset and culture and are ruining Astellas!

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    People under-valued

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - APGD Employee  in  Northbrook, IL
    Current Employee - APGD Employee in Northbrook, IL

    I have been working at Astellas Pharma US full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The comp and benefits package is very good. Other nice offerings by the company include paid volunteer time off and a paid shutdown at the end of the calendar year.

    Cons

    The US headquarters greatly under-values people. If an employee brings a concern to HR, instead of an investigation, the employee becomes the target of abuse by management. It appears that the thought process from HR to the business unit management is to make an employee so miserable that they will leave the company. If that tactic doesn't work, Management (with the help of HR), will twist information or even blatantly lie in order to create a case of poor performance/incompetence so that employees can be terminated. Unfortunately, I have seen too many outstanding employees leave (either on their own or due to termination of employment) the company over the several years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people. If someone brings a concern to management or HR, work with that person to make Astellas the great company it used to be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Pharmaceutical Sales

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Astellas Pharma US

    Pros

    Great people and products. There are a lot of good ideas generated here. I really have enjoyed my time here.

    Cons

    Under new management, there have been many good and experienced representatives leaving the company. The trend is toward new, inexperienced people. It is a shame.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at specific areas where many people are leaving. Ask yourself why good reps with good track records are leaving.

Worked for Astellas Pharma US? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.