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Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Reviews in Ridgefield, CT

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
164 Reviews
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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.  

    Reputable Company Great with Life-Work Balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Ridgefield, CT
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Ridgefield, CT

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

    Pros

    For the last 9 years, the company has been some serious changes but one thing that I have admired is that they regard on employees satisfaction. There have been changes with their time-off policies. perks and benefits but one thing for sure is the company prioritize employees work-life balance.

    Cons

    Internal processes in promotion has too much bureaucracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leaders should consider looking into their people's talent and what they can offer in the job and not to focus on people that other managers favor.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to work, currently challenging atmosphere!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    The company is overall a great place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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    Was a good company for a long time. Now, not so much

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    too much structure, no room for new and creative thinking

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very different company from what it used to be

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ridgefield, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ridgefield, CT

    I have been working at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Flex time, ability to work from home. Travel opportunities at higher levels, company cell phone allowance. Onsite daycare and fitness center, but they are expensive.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership, lack of clear roles, responsibilities, and expectations. Very little mentoring opportunity. Extremely fast paced environment with little growth opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clearer communication of expectations and changes from leadership to middle management and staff would certainly help improve morale.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good work life balance, great benefits.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Scientist I in Ridgefield, CT
    Former Employee - Scientist I in Ridgefield, CT

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

    Pros

    The best part of my work experience at BI was working flex time and the amount of PTO that I had. The people that I worked with were pleasant even though they were stressed and confused.

    Cons

    Very stressful environment, communication was horrible; right hand didn't know what left hand was doing, kind of management. Company outsources way too much. Years ago it was loyal to the employees but that is no longer true. There was a time when you felt the appreciation from upper management on down, again, this is no longer the case. They've created a culture where data is not shared and it's dog it dog; throw each under the bus! They definitely don't appreciate the mature worker and have put many out to pasture, unfairly so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With outsourcing, you're just another company in the queue, You lose control and quality. Bring processes back in house. When recognizing employees working on successful projects be sure to go all the back down the line to those who began the process. This was almost NEVER done! The little people are invisible, yet work the hardest.

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

    Traditional, Slow, Highly Political

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ridgefield, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ridgefield, CT

    I worked at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Salary and benefits were pretty competitive, good people overall

    Cons

    Outside of Manufacturing/R&D no innovation on improving processess, procedures. If not created at BI good luck implementing. Relationships are key here like no place I have ever seen, therefore, be cautious whose camp your in....Organizational structure is highly complex and not easy to navigate. Locations are not very desireable places to live in U.S.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees, let local market facilitate what needs to happen (words inconsistent with action)....Get engaged with today's workforce and ideas that motivate employees. Everything can not be run like Ridgefield/Germany. Consider replacing leaders in key positions who have been with BI for years with new talent.

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

    Good.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist I in Ridgefield, CT
    Current Employee - Scientist I in Ridgefield, CT

    I have been working at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    great people to work with

    Cons

    Lack of comunication. The managers dont tell their emploees what is really going on and many rumors spread making everyone nerveous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work on managemnet skills and comunications

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Interesting privately held company with great benefits, but slow to adapt/change their ways to stay competitive.

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

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

    Pros

    Great employee benefits. Still offering pension and 401k with good health care. Still a very male-dominant culture.

    Cons

    Not very forward thinking. Too many layers of decision makers for the smallest of decisions. Paralysis in decision making on the big things.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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