Actelion
3.1 of 5 10 reviews
www.actelion.com Allschwil, Switzerland 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Going nowhere fast

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Cherry Hill, NJ

ProsActelion NJ (Actelion Clinical Research) has the following good points: bring your dog to work policy; fully paid medical benefits; a few of the direct managers are very supportive of their direct reports

ConsClinical Development management department heads are in a power struggle and fighting for control. The departments are silos, with poor communication among the groups. The power struggles trickle down and create an atmosphere of backstabbing, finger pointing and mistrust. Some managers micromanage employees, and there is a lack of empowerment and ability to make decisions at the appropriate level. All major and strategic decisions are made by ACR president or in the headquarters. Employees are rarely promoted from within; there is very little opportunity for advancement.
The office set-up is very unusual: large open offices with 4-5 people - these become very noisy and distracting when trying to work, it's much worse than a cubicle. Most of the "team rooms" keep their doors closed, making it awkward for someone to walk in (do you knock, or just open the door?). Because of the open plan, you know way too much information about your office mates.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe mid-level management is fine, and does it's best to mentor employees and drive trials to success. Senior management needs to stop in-fighting and find a way to come together. There is a huge lack of trust and paranoia. As a result, good ideas are not shared with others and risks are not taken because of fear. The CEO should find out the real story, and not be fooled by the misinformation given to him by his team.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A good company

    Clinical Research (Current Employee)

    I have been working at Actelion full-time for more than 10 years


    Pros: Extraordinary buildings in Switzerland, great food and coffee, good performance-based bonuses. Flexitime system (badging). Young and therefore flexible company. Rather good working atmosphere.… Cons: Accessibility is not optimal by public transports. Mass dismissals in 2012. Salaries are said to be lower than in… Advice to Senior Management: Expand portfolio and continue with calculated risks! Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    Ok workplace unless you want to change something

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    I have been working at Actelion as a contractor for more than 5 years


    Pros: Warm relationships within teams and departments, flat hierarchy are definitely… Cons: Bit rigid to innovations, some things are very poorly planned and… – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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