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  1. 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 (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Stop taking advantage of the company and start performing!

  2. Great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Buyer in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Buyer in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Elan Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    N/A No longer in business

    Advice to Management

    N/A Company is no longer

  3. Good for growth but poor management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - support from upper management if you work hard
    - recognition
    - gym
    - fair pay and benefits

    Cons

    - constant re organization until they decided it's time to close down shop
    - poor transparency from upper management

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  5. good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people, not much politics. Easy to get things done. People are willing to help each other among different departments.

    Cons

    limited career growth. No clear path for career advancement

    Advice to Management

    Not many communications from management to staff. Sometimes feel a bit disconnected.

  6. ELan good pay bad mgmt

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Elan Pharmaceuticals

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good pay flexible hours nice office

    Cons

    untrustworthy sr. mgmt, lack of pipeline

  7. Uncertain

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great colleagues, good benefits, smart people, opportunities

    Cons

    Uncertainty always lingering, terrible management, layoffs always happening. Withering.

    Advice to Management

    Better vision could have made this a great company.

  8. Elan Up and down

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    Current Employee - Engineer in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Elan Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits new equipment and labs.

    Cons

    Management not clear on projects.

    Advice to Management

    Stabilize a clear vision forward.

  9. Senior Research Associate

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Elan Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You work with great people. Plenty of opportunity for advancement if you're a hard worker.

    Cons

    Very unstable. Lay offs every year.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more transparency and have a clear definite plan.

  10. Working in Research at Elan

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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 (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working on diseases with real unmet need. Great science. Decent benefits. Usually positive work environment.

    Cons

    Periodic restructuring around every two years.

  11. I would say it was interesting.

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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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Big company, and nice facilities.

    Cons

    Stability was on and off.

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