Boehringer Ingelheim

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Big company trying to do the right things

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Current Employee - Senior Associate Director  in  Ridgefield, CT
Current Employee - Senior Associate Director in Ridgefield, CT

I have been working at Boehringer Ingelheim full-time

Pros

Family owned - with a long term view
Positive working environment - everyone is building to similar goals
Focus on talent - what seems like a recent change to focus on talent development to drive overall success of the company

Cons

Prior to starting, someone i spoke with said "It is a big, slow German company, so we don't rush decision, often taking a long time to make decisions." This can be frustrating if you are looking for a nimble, fast morning company.

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Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Hiring process was very opaque-- lot of surprises followed after that

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    Former Employee - Senior Management Position  in  Waterbury, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Management Position in Waterbury, CT

    I worked at Boehringer Ingelheim

    Pros

    Flexibility for work-schedule, and a somewhat generous time-off policy considering there are very few US subsidiaries of European Pharmas.- Overall vacation policy is to wow about if you are starting your career. It is number of years of schooling-based, for inexperienced folks. Bonus is fair on a percent basis- no stocks-- private co.

    Cons

    Benefits are poor for a company of this size-- No 401k match vested unless you stay a min. of 2yrs 1day- that too is very little considering small co. match vested over 6 yrs(Normal is 4 yrs with immediate start, and 25% vesting after 1 yr in most US companies). The 401K admin is internal co-- no one hears them until you join and find out that they are no big houses like Fidelity or vanguard or Metlife or T-Rowe, etc. Pension plan is there but plan to stay un-vested for the 1st three years without a penny if you walk away. Bonus structure is good on a percent basis- though grading/merit increases and salary scales are very low and strict (just compare the titles and salaries of other European cos. operating in US, such as Bayer, Sanofi, Novartis, etc.), and the local functional Heads drive the decision, not the corporate policies- even though outlined in HR- the language can screw you, if senior mgmt. single-handedly decides to set departmental policy over-riding country specific guidances. Remember that it's a private Co.-- lot of muscle to maneuver in US, unlike country and unions in Europe. So, yes its good for European sites being protected, US Employees and compensation are not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the productivity of individuals-- Do not label all as American workers i.e 2nd class. Bring EU management to the US, and replace the authoritarian mgmt styles run by some managers from the past and present in certain departments. It derails the overall morale, and does not reflect the family tradition of Boehringer's philisophy- For the sake of being a global company, do not make it too obvious that US employees are sub-par, especially when there is cultural diversity and talent filled at BI with immigrants. They see it well, they don't stand up or speak loud, instead they walk away with the skills acquired due to short-sightedness of poor managers. Remember, more satisfaction/dissatisfaction from Mgmt. determines retention of talents. People could work for less, but won't stay long if they observe partiality and subjective preferences. Some policies openly prefer seniors over junior employees for very few dollars saved, and more harm done to morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Regional Business Director

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    Current Employee - Regional Business Director  in  Ridgefield, CT
    Current Employee - Regional Business Director in Ridgefield, CT

    I have been working at Boehringer Ingelheim

    Pros

    it is privately owned
    ithas a good drug coming soon

    Cons

    layed off people after 30 years of employment and did by a phone call
    give objectives that are unattainable
    still following a sales model that is obsolete today

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more contemporary leadership
    Examine the shift in your customer base

    Doesn't Recommend
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