Otsuka America

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Otsuka America Reviews

Updated Feb 6, 2014

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1.8 4 reviews

0% Approve of the CEO

Otsuka America Chairman and CEO; Chairman and CEO, Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Hiromi Yoshikawa

Hiromi Yoshikawa

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    Too little; too late

    Director of Marketing (Current Employee)

    ProsThe company has a good product and a well trained sales force. The Board of Directors recognized the problem with the pre-existing management and changed it accordingly for the better, bringing in a new Chief Executive Officer and senior vice president of sales. The company reorganized and reconstructed itself to meet the needs of the customers. It was a small company and most of the people were friendly and willing to help even if under-educated in their areas of expertise. The location in Lafayette was beautiful and there was a good work life balance. I thought the company had potential.

    ConsUnfortunately, after only two years, the Board of Directors engaged another chief executive officer and laid off the senior vice president of sales. The new CEO had no experience in sales, marketing or for that matter management; therefore he listened to everything the chief financial officer said and didn't listen to anyone else. The company changed directions as to what they were selling three times in three years which led to inconsistent sales efforts. The company should have never been a stand alone firm; they didn't make enough in sales to warrant the overhead of accounting, finance, human resources, shipping, etc.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't keep changing horses in the middle of the race. If you have hired good people, listen to their advice.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A Once Great Company Dismantled

    Director of Marketing (Current Employee) Princeton, NJ

    ProsOn the surface, Otsuka seems like a unique place to work. A Japanese company with a unique culture, it advertises itself to prospects as small enough to make a difference, "not big pharma," bright future. The pay is certainly reasonable.

    ConsIn reality, the company is terrible to work out. No pharmas today have particularly good work-life balances but Otsuka's is by far the worst. Consider this carefully before joining them. In addition, there is a constant turnover of employees and leadership and the company has lost sight of its bright future. Expect long hours, little appreciation and eventually, being spit out.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou've done a lot of damage. Resign with dignity.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThere are quite a few intelligent and respected individuals left at Otsuka. There has been significant change and I do believe that Otsuka has a bright future.

    ConsIf you have never worked for BMS then you will not understand the culture. Otsuka is just a small BMS. Changes on a quaterly basis continues to bring in all ex-BMS people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to start showing respect for those who work long hours and provide a ROI. In addition, you need to have a succession plan in place and a development plan in place.

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    Otsuka divisions operate similarly around the U.S. Be careful working for any of them.

    Director (Former Employee)

    ProsUnemployed and they are close to where you live.

    ConsUnbridled racism against non-Japanese employees. Upper management is placed in positions based upon politics in Japan not because of experience or appropriate education. There will always be a Japanese employee above every American employee watching. Raises can be few and far inbetween. Bonus' may be offered with no intention of giving them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHow many discrimination lawsuits does it take before you treat your American workers yet alone your female employees with respect?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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