Elan Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated August 6, 2014
Updated August 6, 2014
37 Reviews

3.3
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    Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Elan Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Industry leader, great job and people

    Cons

    Just like any other big company, easy to get lost in the office...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Sales

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    Current Employee - Senior Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Representative

    I have been working at Elan Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Autonomy - pay was ok and comprible

    Cons

    Management and lack of leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More work life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Senior Research Associate

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Elan Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great science and people. Provided many opportunities to showcase my talents while learning much more.

    Cons

    Bad CEO! This guy should have been cut loose long ago.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Solid experience gained by working in their ISO certified IT Organization.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Elan Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Site amenities, open friendly culture.

    Cons

    Waterfall project mgt methodology as a de-facto standard makes solution delivery ineffecient.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Agile methodology should be introduced and integrated to gain more velocity in solution delivery.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Elan Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    great people to work with

    Cons

    many of the sites closing

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Beware of this company

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    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant

    I worked at Elan Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    1. Salary, bonuses, stock options, great health benefits, referral bonuses
    2. They set SMART goals for each employee and depending on who your boss is - will support those goals
    3. Promote education and training from within

    Cons

    The cons to this company are what brings the ratings down to dissatisfied.
    1. Micromanagement to the point of feeling constantly tortured
    2. Poor work/life balance
    3. Favoritism
    4. Gossiping that leads to irrational judgments and decisions by managers
    5. Constant layoffs
    6. Devaluing of stock that makes options worthless
    7. Good ol' boys club mentality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's probably too late because your limited pipeline and inability to know your people, hire good management, and treat employees with respect eventually impacted the company to the point they are near corporate death.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It was -- different -- while it lasted

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    Former Employee - Senior Director  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Elan Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great place to take on new challenges. Lots to do and ready for people to ask to do it. Smart people who are highly motivated. Love, love the people. Best group I've ever worked with in many ways.

    Cons

    Pace of change, downsizing, restucturing can be relentless. And was, actually, as proven by the fact it's about to be sold.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stability please? Actually it's too late as the company is about to be sold. Sad....

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Research Associate II

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    Former Employee - Research Associate II  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate II in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Elan Pharmaceuticals as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Coworkers were great to work with.

    Cons

    I worked as a temp

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Visit and chat with every one working in the company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Manager

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Elan Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Laid back environment. Good people in technical area

    Cons

    Poor management. Excessive spending on the company. CEO uses private jet on the company, cost 3-5 headcounts every time he uses the jet and $ 1 million a month to park/maintain the jet, executives stay in hotel that cost $1500 a night, etc....while the company is in billions of debt!
    Management has no interest in managing the company...just keep selling profitable part of the company and trim the company to polish the book and put the company for sale!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop taking advantage of the company and start performing!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company

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    Former Employee - Buyer  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Buyer in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Elan Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Such a wonderful experience working with this company. I miss working there so much

    Cons

    N/A No longer in business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A Company is no longer

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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