Daiichi Sankyo Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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Daiichi Sankyo President, CEO, and Director Joji Nakayama
Joji Nakayama
30 Ratings

Pros
  • Great fun activities in holidays, work/life balance (in 14 reviews)

  • Great benefits, great management, and decent money-making potential (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Bonus Structure is skewed to benefit large market cities, need more competitive salaries to compete with other companies (in 7 reviews)

  • Upper management has not respected our work/life balance (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Daiichi Sankyo full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people and collaborative culture

    Cons

    Great people and collaborative couture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become less bureaucratic

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Valuable experience.

    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative

    I worked at Daiichi Sankyo

    Pros

    High level of personal accountability.

    Cons

    Smaller salaries compared to other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less micro management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Great group of people at all levels, management truly cares about employees and listens to ideas from field.

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    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative

    I have been working at Daiichi Sankyo full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, great upper management team, excellent work life balance

    Cons

    Highly competitive and limited promotion opportunity if you are not willing to relocate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always appreciate real-world training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Good intro to pharma sales

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Daiichi Sankyo

    Pros

    Good benefits, there are some quality managers if you are lucky enough to get on a good team .

    Cons

    Reporting is flawed. Compensation for sales needs a complete overhaul

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you need to fix sales payouts if you want your sales force to stay motivated

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Loved Working Here

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    Former Employee - Compliance in Parsippany, NJ
    Former Employee - Compliance in Parsippany, NJ

    I worked at Daiichi Sankyo full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very laid back, lots of emphasis on employees. Great benefits. Loved how they were very receptive to work from home, summer hours, subsidized lunch room, gym on site. For the most part great people to work with as well.

    Cons

    Very top heavy organization. Seemed at times that everyone was a manager or above and not too many do-er's within the organization. Even though you may have a director title, odds are no one reports to you and you do the work of a low level manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All of the people based policies are great. Keep focusing on your people.

    Always felt less than inspired when upper management spoke. Very dry speakers, could use some assistance learning how to speak to crowds and inspire.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. A great entry level pharma sales position that taught me the true fundamentals of the game

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    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sakes Representative in Ithaca, NY
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sakes Representative in Ithaca, NY

    I worked at Daiichi Sankyo

    Pros

    The company was great to work for, and my manager was one of a kind. Secondly, the products In sold were the most effecting among a number of same class competitors

    Cons

    The company put too much stock on a drug that never launched to its expected potential, and the whole company suffered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what younalwaysbdid. Your hands off but intelligent style made for some stellar reps!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Terrible Company Culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Daiichi Sankyo

    Pros

    used to be a great company...

    Cons

    no transparency in commission structure and is changed annually in attempts to "level the playing field". Favortism is rampant.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Wearing many hats

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    Former Employee - Director in Parsippany, NJ
    Former Employee - Director in Parsippany, NJ

    I worked at Daiichi Sankyo full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Colleagues are friendly. Certainly not an antagonistic environment. Great benefits and PTO packages. Convenient location (to highways, airports, etc.) I enjoyed a lot of autonomy and was empowered to make decisions and take risks. Smaller company environment with plenty of opportunities to get to know many people in the organization.

    Cons

    Senior leadership in the commercial organization was mostly absent, or when present, non-engaged. Engagement was sparked by attention from even higher management. When the perceived "risk" was high, decisions were often made in very closed (and often uninformed) pockets. The perception is that there is an inability to make tough decisions and an intense fear of taking risks...which is only exacerbated by Japanese leadership. Hopefully new president and associated colleagues that he is bringing from previous companies will be able to make headway in changing this dynamic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Scale back organization for new reality, develop and openly communicate the story for future growth, and throw out the values if you cannot or will not embody them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Daiichi was a great company but has recently had difficulty in the marketplace due to generics and late entry to market.

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Parsippany, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Parsippany, NJ

    I worked at Daiichi Sankyo

    Pros

    Strong culture from early days still exists but not to the degree it did in earlier years. New CEO and VP sales may have what it takes to turn the company around. Japanese mother company has big interest in US success.

    Cons

    Too many old (not age, just tenure) senior level people at the top. They don't have the experience needed to change the organization or the trust needed either. Very competitive market for their new product with a poor pipeline. They have talked about acquisition for many years with no result.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pare down the organization to meet current needs and build a new organization when you have better products through the pipeline or through acquisition or partnering. Get the right senior management team in place.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. A great company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Cardiovascular Sales
    Current Employee - Cardiovascular Sales

    I have been working at Daiichi Sankyo

    Pros

    Great pipeline of products. They are a mid size company where you are able to take a leadership role in your territory to further your career potential.

    Cons

    Like other Pharma companies realignments are inevitable but they are not always thought through to the level of impact it will have to not only you but the physicians as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relationships are key when selling a product to physicians. District managers and reps should have more of a say when realignments take place.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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