Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

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Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated February 21, 2015
Updated February 21, 2015
52 Reviews
2.5
52 Reviews
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Mark Trudeau
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Plenty of opportunities to contribute (in 2 reviews)

  • I don' t see any pros, maybe the free coffee (in 2 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management not held accountable like operators are (in 5 reviews)

  • Senior management was not always salient with what was going on (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Strong new leadership team. Lackluster management and execution

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Strong post-IPO performance. New leadership is engaged and has been doing well. Competitive benefits. Mobility within the organization. Relative to others in the industry, decent work/life balance support.

    Cons

    Pre-IPO management layer is heavily siloed, reactionary, and in some cases counter-effective. For this reason, communication is sometimes extremely poor and there are problems with talent retention. Corp office location makes recruiting a challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More VP and Director-level cuts are going to have to be made.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    awesome

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    great people and great work environment

    Cons

    not much bad to say

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep on doing much of the same

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Politics interfere with work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Hazelwood, MO
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Hazelwood, MO

    I worked at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice campuses in Hazelwood (landscaping, cafeterias), decent pay if you are willing and able to negotiate heavily. As with all pharmaceutical industry, priorities and plans shift frequently, and deadlines can change and are often aggressive. The job requires a lot of agility and the ability to adapt rapidly to change, which can be a pro or a con. Good opportunity to get a foot in the door of industry.

    Cons

    Bad upper management means everyone works from a state of fear and insecurity, which causes all the other problems. Every upper-level person I worked with had negative things to say about the other managers-- not a healthy or productive working environment because everyone dislikes everyone else. Lots of backstabbing and attempting to shift blame.
    Extremely poor work-life balance-- it's rarely, if ever, mentioned. Employees on vacation are lambasted and threatened for not responding to emails or calling in to meetings (despite "away" messages and alternative individuals to contact).
    No policies, and no one is empowered to make decisions, so getting internal buy-in to proceed on projects can take months. Overall bureaucratic inefficiency in the company contributes to this issue. Constant acquisitions with no team dedicated to integration, at least in this department, makes the political climate even more dangerous. Contract employees will have additional challenges, are only allowed to work 40 hours a week (wink), and getting hired to permanent, even with exceptional work, will take a minimum of a year. I chose to pursue work elsewhere due to the management and work-life balance problems, despite enjoying the industry and many of my coworkers.
    Competency is not rewarded-- multiple times observed employees taking on substantially-higher-level responsibilities in response to a company need, only to be demoted or moved to a department that isn't a good fit for their skills or interests later, for arbitrary or political reasons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management training for everyone at manager level and above. Empower your management to make decisions, and teach them to work as a true team with others. Hire good contractors as permanent employees. Happy employees are more productive, so start thinking about measures to allow for better work-life balance and remove the preposterous policy that forbids working from home.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    n/a

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    Former Employee - Programmer in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Programmer in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Nice company to work at

    Cons

    No other companies similar in area

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Current employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    exciting transformation underway only fifteen months since the spin. Need to keep up the momentum. Change is a constant right now which can be a good thing

    Cons

    Change management continues to be a challenge. Investment in outside help is apparent. work life balance is also a challenge.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Veteran IS professional

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Competitive pay, benefits, and time off policies. Work is mostly local with minimal travel. Some training offered.

    Cons

    Disjointed command structure and inconsistent application of poorly defined or unwritten policies. Lack of support systems and the knowledge of how to do it. Poor communications, no team building, ambush management practiced. High turnover in key areas of the business. Even though the defined cultural values are there - management doesn't "walk the talk".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Poor Decisions, Bad Management and Judgement

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits were good

    Cons

    Very poor decisions on sales force, restructuring and realignments. Had 3 different DM's in 4 years. Company made poor decision to expand sales force only to reduce 6 months later breaking contracts. Data and marketplace for products not performed well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together. Had good employees but poor choices led to weaker structure.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Growing Pains

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hazelwood, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hazelwood, MO

    I worked at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Great benefits package and salary!

    Cons

    Company is growing quickly by way of acquisitions. Too many changes, too fast. Management does not communicate changes in a timely manner and there is no clear picture of structure and processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with employees on a regular and more openly basis to let them know they are important and they are appreciated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Quality Technician

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    Current Employee - Quality Technician II in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Quality Technician II in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay
    Able to work on my education while working (tuition reimbursement)
    Overtime work is available if wanted
    Great for first job or starting out career

    Cons

    No development opportunities
    Cost cutting measures to appease shareholders really makes some aspects of work life more difficult for employees than it should be

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    So much potential but the environment is toxic

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    Former Employee - Medical Affairs in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Medical Affairs in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The type of work, fast paced, great learning opportunities, great salary. High workload but if you are a good worker you can handle it.

    Cons

    There were a select few people who were great to work with. The rest needed a good lesson on working as a team. Too much infighting and blaming others for problems and mistakes. Some in particular bully others to accomplish their own agenda. Management even fought amongst themselves and instead of managing their employees, they "escalate the problem." Very unstable feeling, so I left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Require your mid- and senior- level people to manage their employees. Why was a director correcting entry level employees when the employee's direct manager should be doing it? Teach hierarchy of management.

    Don't ignore unprofessional behavior. Calling other employees names in front of the team or allowing an employee to openly complain about their direct supervisor should be punished accordingly. It's called insubordination. Too much mid level employee insubordination.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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