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Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
163 Reviews
3.0
163 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 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

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

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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
  3.  

    Great Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals as a contractor

    Pros

    Willing to change and improve
    Cares about employees

    Cons

    Out source man power to recruiting company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people for permeant position before people leave for other opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dishonest management- at least from Regional to District

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    Current Employee - Professional Sales Representative in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Professional Sales Representative in Birmingham, AL

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

    Pros

    They have good medicines for respiratory illnesses and elevated blood pressure.

    Cons

    Difficult to work with dishonest management. When problems arise due to their dishonesty, they'd rather fire their best sales representatives than the incompetent Reps or the Managers that are lost when it comes to sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management is afraid to keep good employees. They prefer to keep incompetent and dishonest lower managers and watch the corporate sales suffer. If the very upper management could speak to me, I know how to make them dominate it their product categories.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    If you like a challenge, this is the place for you...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good salary, good benefits, lovely grounds. Used to be a wonderful place to work. Still one of the "better" ones in the area.

    Cons

    The company has moved away from the family-owned business feeling and is now more like all the other large corporations out there. You are just a number. They're outsourcing people left and right which makes the jobs of people left behind all that much more difficult and challenging. Once upon a time, you could call or email someone locally for assistance; now you call or email someone in India or the Philippines and you go around in circles trying to resolve issues, which 9 times out of 10 never get resolved anyway, so you just don't bother anymore. The headquarters is transitioning to the "workplace of the future" open floor office concept. If you're easily distracted by noise, and concerned about germs from people coughing and sneezing mere inches from you, this might not be the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not sure what to suggest. The company has gotten too big. "Workplace of the future" doesn't work for (most) office staff. Might be an ideal set-up for sales people that are on the road 20+ days a month and just need a place to check in once in a while, but to work like this day-to-day, everyday... it's very challenging. It's lovely to look at but very impractical.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Good company inconsistent management across different sites

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits

    Cons

    Management can be strong in some BI sites and terrible at others ie former Bedford location

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restore BI image to what it once was

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good products, good people, inconsistent senior leadership that continues to make strategic mistakes

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    Current Employee - Specialty Sales Representative in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Specialty Sales Representative in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The PTO! Seriously, good training and products and people.

    Cons

    Highly regulated industry. Lots of uncontrollable things in sales. Senior leadership makes strategic mistakes with great products! Work/life balance was stressed ten years ago, but not now that the company strives to be Big Pharma!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time in front of your customer, and less time listening to focus and marketing groups that tell you what you pay them to hear.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    great working culture. Amazing company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Company provides great health, 401 k matched benefits.

    Cons

    long hours. layoff risk given that company is in restructuring mode.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Family values through and through

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Biz Dev in Bridgeport, CT
    Current Employee - Biz Dev in Bridgeport, CT

    I have been working at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Sr mgmt encourage family time, good work/life balance, treat employees fairly.

    Cons

    Top performers not rewarded, the "pros" above can become "cons" when everyone is treated equally. Mediocrity tends to survive here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward the top performers, remove the poor performers, motivate the middle.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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