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Great company, great people

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA
Former Employee - Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA

I worked at Allergan full-time (More than 3 years)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Good compensation, good products, very effective CEO. The company really knows what it is good at and is able to capitalize on those products or systems. Growth will be rewarded, non growers will be cut (see Lap-Band and the IOL franchises). Always looking for the next big idea.

Cons

Silos can exist, middle management not empowered to the level they should be, very US focused in the Device area. Working in SB and Irvine can be difficult if you have a shared role or report to the other location.

Advice to Management

Expand globally faster with all product lines

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  1. Great place to work. The people were always friendly and the company had periodical employee picnics.

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

    I have been working at Allergan full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and fun atmosphere.

    Cons

    Some of the departments (sales) were not the nicest!

    Advice to Management

    Hire more seasoned employees.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Overall great company. Culture and management at all levels require massive change.

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

    I have been working at Allergan full-time

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

    Pros

    Compensation is great, but should be improved based on tremendous workload you're given. Nice campus, but could use updates. CEO knows how to make money and keep the company moving ahead. He knows how to make good decisions with product pipeline and purchasing new companies. There are lots of people who are intelligent, sharp and great to work with. Depending on the department you work in, if you stay the course and excel in your work and work hard, you will be rewarded.

    Cons

    They will work you to death! Grossly inefficient work processes and incompetent senior managers, directors, senior directors who got their positions based on friendships. Completely clueless management who cannot understand how to make things efficient. GDD consistently preaches things are getting better, but they are getting worse. Too many of these managers have been there so long and have no other real industry experience to understand how to make things work better. And, they don't want to listen to the individuals who have more experience and education than they do. Constantly make wrong decisions on new hires. People hired don't know anything about the job because they don't have the knowledge or expertise to back up their role. Major friction occurs because these people must be spoon fed on everything. Total waste of time and again, lack of efficiency. When you bring to management's attention, they don't want to hear it, make excuse after excuse and totally disregard your feedback. No support from the management team.

    Advice to Management

    Stop putting nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals in senior level positions where they have to manage people and processes to run a business. They are science minded and have no clue how to manage workload or build efficient processes. For senior executives, get with the program. You need to change your work at home policy to keep up with the 21st century. Allergan boasts green initiatives, but yet refuses to change it. Some get to work from home and others do not, yet HR has zero tolerance on this topic. If you do for one, do for all! Get rid of people who don't cut the mustard! And stop pretending your management is good. I would say less than mediocre, at best.


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