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Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated October 29, 2014
Updated October 29, 2014
159 Reviews
3.0
159 Reviews
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Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Chairman of the Board Dr Andreas Barner
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Sr mgmt encourage family time, good work/life balance, treat employees fairly (in 12 reviews)

  • great benefits, generous PTO, decent pay (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • When you reach your KPIs, managers still want more which means work life balance is compromised (in 7 reviews)

  • Changes in upper management have brought a "let's fix this" mentality (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    The company is overall a great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Manager in Ridgefield, CT
    Current Employee - Manager in Ridgefield, CT

    I have been working at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Overall, the benefits are great, personal growth is depending on you relationship with your manager. In some departments, work and life balance is being promoted and diversity is valued.

    Cons

    It seems that some people are favored more than the others in terms of having a chance for professional development and higher management does not seem to notice this. Promotion is hard to come by and a place to move around in a higher level is very limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would advice for upper management to distribute the opportunity for professional growth or atleast notice if development is just being assigned to same people and mostly their 'friends'.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Its a Job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    -Salary
    -Generous PTO
    -Attracts good bench scientists
    -Very flexible hours

    Cons

    -micromanage, way to process oriented, very hierarchical slow to change
    -CT location is isolated
    -Leadership is not focused on the portfolio
    -Too many meetings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micromanaging everybody and everything. Let your scientist be creative and spend more time on discoverung drugs.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work, currently challenging atmosphere!

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    Former Employee - Research in Ridgefield, CT
    Former Employee - Research in Ridgefield, CT

    I worked at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, great colleagues, decent benefits.

    Cons

    Research success has been limited. Current strategy has eliminated almost all innovation. It's hurting the product and they are loosing some valuable skilled talent. Different treatment for some special employees is also a hinderance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look closer at where your problems are.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Primary Care Representative II

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    Former Employee - Primary Care Sales Representative II
    Former Employee - Primary Care Sales Representative II

    I worked at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very impressed with all district team members. Co-workers and manager were great people - smart, friendly, hard-working, and ethical. There was a great team feeling, with everyone supporting one another. PTO credit was given for years of experience in the industry.

    Cons

    Work-life balance was poor. There were always assignments coming down from the home office, quite often redundant. A lot of busy work that interfered with common sense planning. Reps have to spend an hour or two on the computer each night, plus most of a weekend day. I left because after completing all assigned tasks, there was very little time left for a life. Base salary was decent, but below average for the industry. Acronyms galore - makes new reps feel as if they have to learn a whole new language. Websites used by reps either don't work right or are interminably slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have someone keeping track of the administrative burden on the representatives. It seemed like the right hand never knew what the left hand was doing and representatives end up doing a lot of redundant activities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Why hire from the outside???

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Has been good, but now time to move on. Vacation as a Euro company is decent. I have been blessed with good middle management.

    Cons

    To many positions being filled from the outside. No promotions. Will miss many people that have helped me grow. Will be fun to sell from the other side if I leave. Sales CAP process is a joke. Bonus Structure and Presidents Club is a mystery that no one can verify or explain with any kind of detail or numbers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Out of touch with front line employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Lack of consistent product direction and faith in marketing brand team.

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    Current Employee - Specialty Sales Representative II
    Current Employee - Specialty Sales Representative II

    I have been working at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are at par or above and current sales associates function well across multi-specialty teams.

    Cons

    Lack of stability with in the brand marketing team & insufficient marketing materials continue to hinder field sales force efforts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sales force & customers have lost faith in BI, be proactive not reactive. Establish the truth and lead with it!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    As a contractor as soon and as fast as their needs were covered, I was finished, where I saved them almost a million.

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    Former Employee - Controls Engineer in Fort Dodge, IA
    Former Employee - Controls Engineer in Fort Dodge, IA

    I worked at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    If you know the management, you would survive even if you bring the companies operations down.

    Cons

    Mean spirited management, who only protect and help people, who work there since many years and became their friends, event though they are less educated and have smaller intelligence in things they are doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you guys want to advance, you should consider hiring better engineers, and not keep the ones they are there, because they know some management people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    BIPI

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company, owned by The Boehringer Family, tremendous product pipeline

    Cons

    Management a little snooty and had a massive layoff due to their own shortsightedness in a clinical trial vs. the leading selling medication on the planet

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go for relationships and experience, not pedigree and beauty when hiring reps

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Was a good company for a long time. Now, not so much

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ridgefield, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ridgefield, CT

    I worked at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    BIPI was and still is a very family friendly company. EXTREMELY generous with their PTO policy, and many departments encouraged working from home, flexible hours (especially during inclement weather) or job-sharing. Daycare on site is wonderful and a huge plus for young working families. Good place to earn work experience while earning a decent salary.

    Cons

    Despite being a large company, there are very few opportunities for career growth. And lately, there have been layoffs.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    too much structure, no room for new and creative thinking

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    Current Employee - Scientist III in Ridgefield, CT
    Current Employee - Scientist III in Ridgefield, CT

    I have been working at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great benefits, generous PTO, decent pay

    Cons

    no accountability on poor management, stiff hierarchy, no room for new and creative thinking, efficient ideas...many managers been with the company 20 years or more and not open to new ideas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to the "real" workforce, make management accountable for not making decisions

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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