Arena Pharmaceuticals

  www.arenapharm.com
  www.arenapharm.com
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Good company to work for but a lot of corporate politics

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

I worked at Arena Pharmaceuticals

Pros

Flexible company. You are able to balance family and work well. Benefits are good. Stock options are ok. Since it is a smaller company you get to know and interact with many people including the CEO. You are not pigeonholed into one job function and are able try new things. This will greatly expand your resume. There IT department is Fantastic!

Cons

Corporate Politics. There is just too much of it. Check out this book "Games at your work". Upper management does what they want and do not take your opinion into account (they try to make it look like your opinion counts but it doesn't). Project prioritization is poor, constantly shifting.
Low salary. Raises are poor.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

We are all trying to achieve the same goal. Don't compete to see who can do it better or faster. Rather, work together and communicate information it will avoid duplicated work.

Approves of CEO

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    Good work place

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Arena Pharmaceuticals full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits, Laid-back work culture, Good location,

    Cons

    Salary aren't good. A little to Laid-back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Gloomy company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Arena Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are decent. Good work-life balance. Very good Christmas parties although no Christmas week shut-down.

    Cons

    Too many Managers. Seems like everyone is a Manager or Director. Endless meetings with little resolution, just lots of disagreements. Employees from former big pharma shut down when presenting ideas. Some people have way too many responsibilities and others very little. Some departments still operating in the stone age, i.e. lack of technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care more about your employees and consider more transparency across company.

    Doesn't Recommend
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