Astellas Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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  1. Best pharma company I have worked at.

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    • 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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company balances work life with family life. Has flexible work hours, great benefits and pay. They
     appreciate your hard work and are open to new ideas. Have been with the company several years and have no plans to go elsewhere.

    Cons

    Could open a few more jobs to college grads and avoid contract workers. Everyone enjoys working for this company so much, that they do not vacate their positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Astellas

    • 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

    Pros

    Very nice work environment. In general, the people are friendly and cooperative. I was there as a contractor and would have enjoyed becoming a full timer.

    Cons

    I don't have many negative things to report about my time there. There was a high degree of compartmentalization, and that sometimes interfered with independent problem solving efforts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You bring in a lot of contractors. It would be beneficial to you to develop a strategy for recognizing and retaining talented, capable contractors.Many times, they are more effective than some of the full time employees that you have.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Good company overall, especially if you are not part of APGD / Clinical.

    • 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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great facilities to work in, on-site Starbucks and fitness center available for employees only. Campus has grocery and drug store. Pantries on each floor with refrigerators, microwaves, and free coffee, tea, hot chocolate. Sick/Mother's room on each floor. Training programs offered internally for employees. Flexible start times with early off Fridays if you get your hours in. Days off for volunteer activities. Depending on what group you work in, you may be able to work at home periodically. Public transportation stop On-site. Depending on business unit you work in, (not APGD) there are external team building events for employees (Cubs, bowling, etc.) Company sponsors float in Chicago Gay Pride parade. Internal program for recognizing employee performance. Opportunity to interact with Japanese and Dutch cultures.

    Cons

    Organization is siloed in some areas/functions and there is a need to continue globalization of processes and functions. While the company promotes work life balance, in many cases it's lacking unless you work in HR or a similar business unit. Average work week for me is 80 hours. Plan on taking your laptop home every night and on vacations and sick days. If your business unit interacts with Japan or the EU, plan on very early/late meetings to accommodate different time zones. Work environment and corporate culture has changed greatly in the past 5 years; less interactive and collegiate. Astellas is dependent upon contract staff for clerical and key staff positions. They are extremely concerned with issues related to common law employees, sometimes to absurdity. They even have different color name tags on their doors/cubes! A scarlet letter so to speak! Contractors are excluded from many things which impacts overall morale, team environment, and work objectives.

    The following comments apply to APGD/ Clinical: Contractors are viewed as disposable, so having to continually train people in a complex environment is challenging. Management in Clinical did not want contractors (some with more relevant experience than employees) performing certain duties but in most cases there are more contractors than permanent staff In a department. Results in divisive environment. Many meetings to attend so plan on getting work done after hours regardless of what they say. APGD / Clinical Development is very political and territorial. Individual performance ratings are presented to management team and "defended" - so information you might think is confidential from co-workers isn't. I have seen individual metrics posted publicly on bulletin boards for everyone to see (supposed to foster accountabilty and productivity). Low morale in Clinical Development where we were told we could not celebrate co-workers "life events" (birhdays etc.); Holiday parties and departmental pot lucks are a thing of the past (although exist elsewhere in the company). No team building activities. Lots of drama amongst senior management even after intervention with external conultants. Management by fear and intimidation in some functions. Interdepartmental cooperation not always promoted or endorsed, especially with compliance and quality functions. I was told that we don't "air our dirty laundry" after seeking input/expertise from another department. HR ineffective in dealing with bullying in the work environment. Well documented complaints by staff bullied by one manager not addressed. Eventual solution was to reward individual by promoting to an even more senior management position in another department. Hiring of staff sometimes a result of who you know rather than experience and credentials. There are certain long term employees HR seems to be afraid of handling contributing to the current environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Deal appropriately with bullying and interpersonal issues the work place and provide training and communication. There should be zero tolerance and employees should work in a safe and non-threatening environment. Continue to develop staff oveall including lower levels. Enhance uniformity in application of policies and procedures (e.g. work at home) across the organization. Departments should not be able to disregard other corporate norms and policies on an ad hoc basis. Address morale and negative reputation of APGD (especially clinical) so employees feel part of the larger company and be more productive. Interactions and relationships between outsourced solutions and possible conflict of interests may exist and should be monitored - eg. contracting work where senior Astellas employee was former senior management at company / outsourced solution. Hourly staff should not be managing/supervising their peers, and evaluating their performance, as in the case of at least one department.

    Positive Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Low quality employer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Urology Specialty in Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - Urology Specialty in Lansing, MI

    I have been working at Astellas full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    No pension, good benefits medical

    Cons

    Work life balance terrible, zero opportunity for promotion, painful sales meetings , low end training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Low quality

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Awful

    Current Employee - Director in Northbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Northbrook, IL

    I have been working at Astellas

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay and gym

    Cons

    Not open to new ways of thinking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is awful . They tend to stick to what they know and are not open to new ideas. I would not work here if I had a choice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Great culture and benefits with a bright future

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

    I have been working at Astellas full-time

    Pros

    outstanding benefits, flex time, and tremendous for personal and professional growth
    leadership is very invested in transparent internal/external communication

    Cons

    Honestly can't think of any cons

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Several years of working at Astellas, enjoyed most of it

    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    This is the first company I have worked for in a career lasting a quarter of a century that really gives more than lip service to the professional development of its employees. Pay and benefits are among the best in the industry.

    Cons

    Top management is very distant - in Japan. Decisions made sometimes for frankly inscrutable reasons. Lots of outsourcing leads to high costs and loads of paper work with very little tangible benefit.

    Recommends
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    One of my better employers

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Representative in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Representative in New Haven, CT

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

    Pros

    Fair work life family balance. Total compensation package is great!

    Cons

    Some of the middle management is questionable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Headed in the right direction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. The best pharma company to work for

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

    I have been working at Astellas full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Dynamic organization that listens to its sales force. Excellent corporate organization and structure. Wonderful work-life balance

    Cons

    Have to do things sometimes to " check a box." Legal can be a little more aggressive with marketing materials. MAP process is very cumbersome.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management is great with a core focus on growth and growing business.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Great company to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Representative II, Specialty in Fort Wayne, IN
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Representative II, Specialty in Fort Wayne, IN

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

    Pros

    Pipeline of great products in urology & oncology
    Promote from within
    Good balance between work & family

    Cons

    I do not have any at this time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to listen to your employees. Several companies have failed when they failed to find value in employee's opinions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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