Shire Pharmaceuticals
3.3 of 5 131 reviews
www.shire.com Dublin, Ireland 1000 to 5000 Employees

Shire Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014

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Flemming Ornskov, MD

(33 ratings)

56% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Good work life balance and hourly rate"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Great benefits and competitive salaries"
    in 11 reviews
Cons:
  • "The work/life balance is not always balanced"
    in 5 reviews
  • "Terrifying senior management with no vision and fake credential/experience"
    in 8 reviews
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Great company poor field level leadership

Senior Professional Sales Representative (Former Employee)

I worked at Shire Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThe president was great, the products were great

ConsA few of the managers were more concerned with climbing the corporate ladder vs managing. Their product pipeline is poor in some of their target area's.

Advice to Senior ManagementVP level should not reward area managers by promoting them to Zone Director for known unethical practices.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good pay, high stress, given few opportunities to advance and grow career.

Senior Project Manager (Current Employee)
Lexington, MA

I have been working at Shire Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGood pay and benefits. Nice campus in Lexington MA. Rare disease products are very important to patients' lives.

ConsEmployees generally feel expendable. We are typiclaly overworked under impossible deadlines. There are few opportunities to advance within the company which typically hires talent from outside. Shire is quick to fire people who don't fit in which engenders a chilling "sink or swim" atmosphere.

Advice to Senior ManagementInvest some resources to beef up the HR group with people who specialize in taking care of employees. Encourage a culture where managers are rewarded for developing their people by hiring from within.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Too much matrix management and turf protection.

IT Executive (Former Employee)

I worked at Shire Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat comp and benefits, strong business, great place for international and pharma experience.

ConsManagement structure leads to turf wars and non-collaborative work environment in many locations and functions.

Advice to Senior ManagementReturn to more direct-line management structure and focus on accountability and collaborative/team-based culture. Align culture with values: Make the rubber hit the road.

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

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Good company but change in organizational structure

Senior Clinical Scientist (Current Employee)
Chesterbrook, PA

I have been working at Shire Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 3 years

ProsRelaxed dress code; some flexibility to work from home; generous pay; company stock purchase at a 15% discount; great 401k

ConsCurrently there is an ongoing overhaul of the company structure which is resulting in a reduction in head count and change in company culture

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good Company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Shire Pharmaceuticals

ProsColleagues and company benefits are good.

ConsSome of the managers are unprofessional and cannot lead.

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Good benefits, Good work life balance, Limited opportunities to grow, lots of management layers

Commercial Operations (Former Employee)
Wayne, PA

I worked at Shire Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood benefits, stock rising, good product acquisition strategy

ConsTons of politics, no reward for hard work, HR Department not too responsive.

Advice to Senior ManagementFix the mid to senior management layer who is thoroughly incompetent and arrogant

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Was great, now not so much.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Chesterbrook, PA

I have been working at Shire Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than a year

ProsBenefits are good
Salary is excellent
Stock is soaring

ConsJob stability - with the new CEO, there's major restructuring, some functions are being closed down from some sites, nearly all job descriptions are being re-written, and there are fewer positions available, so most people are having to interview for their own jobs, and good people with a lot of talent are being let go; those remaining are wondering if they are next.

Advice to Senior ManagementAt least pretend to care about employee satisfaction and well-being.

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Executive Assistant & Project Manager (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA

I have been working at Shire Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 3 years

ProsAn amazing company overall with a focus on improving the health and lives of people with Diabetic Foot Ulcers

ConsShire is a very large company so for someone who likes the personal touch or feel of a small company will not get that from Shire

Advice to Senior ManagementI believe the management team worldwide in the company should connect and make sure the process and procedures are equal through out the entire company

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great internship experience that really allowed for hands-on learning.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
San Diego, CA

I worked at Shire Pharmaceuticals as an intern for less than a year

Pros- Very included in various project
- Respected and treated as a professional
- Well compensated
- Very involved management style
- Allowed to try different projects based on interest

Cons- Did not receive an offer afterwards since no positions were available

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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very political, competitive and I don't mean this in a good way

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Shire Pharmaceuticals

Prosgood physical environment and compensation

Conslots of changes all the time

Advice to Senior Managementfocus on true employee relations

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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