Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

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Updated April 6, 2015
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Mark Trudeau
25 Ratings

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. Helpful (1)

    The "old" Mallinckrodt was a much better place to work than the "new" Mallinckrodt

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary was good. Most people are good to work with

    Cons

    New Senior leadership is only focused on the money and will sacrifice people to get it, especially if it lines their pockets.

    Advice to Management

    There are thousands of people beneath you that are making the company successful. They need to be rewarded and they need to be taken care of.

  2. Mallinckrodt Working Environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Employees serious about their work. Hard workers. Collaborative team efforts.

    Cons

    Big chat sessions around open cubicals. Unprofessional...

    Advice to Management

    Be actively observant and proactive about these strengths and weaknesses.

  3. Major changes-Beware

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The benefits are good but are decreasing each year.

    Cons

    Hard work and commitment do not guarantee safety from a RIF.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to who adds value to the company and who does not.

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  5. Bad HR

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Engineering, Work Environment, Work/Life Balance, Location

    Cons

    HR, Management, Direction, Old fashioned, Dirty Job

  6. Strong new leadership team. Lackluster management and execution

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  7. Helpful (3)

    Politics interfere with work.

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    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  8. 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 Management

    keep on doing much of the same

  9. 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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Nice company to work at

    Cons

    No other companies similar in area

    Advice to Management

    n/a

  10. Helpful (4)

    Veteran IS professional

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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".

  11. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

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