Takeda Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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Christophe Weber
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Pros
  • Great work life balance / comp / opportunity to develop (in 19 reviews)

  • International company, ability to get to know the company and different departments well, competitive pay and benefits (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Takeda only gives a work life balance to certain people (in 10 reviews)

  • No clear strategy from senior management (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good working environment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Takeda Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good working environment and benefits

    Cons

    Frequent changes in organization and management


  2. Takeda Management Policies

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Professional Sales Representative in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Professional Sales Representative in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at Takeda Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They try to keep their pipeline filled, but have experienced setbacks in their diabetes and gout franchises. Their pipeline isn't as strong as it used to be.

    Cons

    Their management is inconsistent, keeping their representatives uncertain as to what the future holds for them, and how they will be assessed.

    Advice to Management

    They should try to be more consistent, and manage their people using same the criteria and measurements, along with consistent policies for their people.


  3. Pharma sales

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Takeda Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. The atmosphere is great

    Cons

    Goals are nearly unobtainable and drastic


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  5. Review

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Takeda Pharmaceuticals

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

    Pros

    Nice work culture!
    Flexibility in terms of hours and working from home.

    Cons

    Cramped office and lab spaces


  6. Helpful (1)

    Let's duplicate or triplicate efforts & be inefficient

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Takeda Pharmaceuticals full-time

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, good boss who cares about my professional growth, decent benefits.

    Cons

    The epitome of inefficiency. Illogical & complicated processes. Growing strange kind of micromanagement. SOPs lack clarity. Unnecessary amount of required paperwork. A lot of duplicating & triplicating efforts. A whirlwind of craziness.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify processes so operations can run efficiently & be open-minded to new ideas. Find ways to be efficient. Enough with the paperwork, this is the 21st century. Look at how other pharma companies run.


  7. Sales Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Greenville, SC
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Greenville, SC

    I worked at Takeda Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People great to work. They had good work teams but not always put together well. Need more employee involvement.

    Cons

    Management was disorganizedand some decisions did not make financial sense. Get rid of some upper management.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Takeda Sales Rep

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Professional Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Professional Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Takeda Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great corporate benefits and bonus plans. Employees are hard working and conscientious people.

    Cons

    Intensive "sink or swim" sales environment. District Managers are cowed and intimidated by Regional leadership. It's a classic "Emperor has no clothes" syndrome at the top where no one has the nerve to tell Regional leadership that reps are under a toxic sales culture where there is virtually no coaching and all motivational tools to drive performance are punitive in nature (SMART Plans, 60 Day Counseling Plans, etc..) Coach ride mistakes are all documented and used against reps when management need to justify increased performance plans. Numbers are micromanaged on a weekly basis and DMs apply punitive pressure when trends are not to their expectations. Reps are expected to make first call at 8 am and last call at 5 pm. Deviation from routing is not tolerated. Mistakes in general result in career consequences and are for the most part punitive. iPad call data are gleamed and used against reps at mid year and end of year reviews, despite assurance from HR during initial training that this would not be done.

    Advice to Management

    CEO - do you know what is going on with the folks bringing in revenue for your company? If not, shame on you!


  9. Great Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at Takeda Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay and fantastic support structure. people are enjoyable to be with and the travel is exciting like las vegas

    Cons

    Management is out of touch. No good schedule for meetings that randomly pop up through out the week. work from home office which makes things inefficient

    Advice to Management

    Make meetings more efficient with time allocated resources, give sales team the freedom to take their own direction. Go out with the sales team


  10. Regulatory Affairs

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regulatory Affairs Specialist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Regulatory Affairs Specialist in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Takeda Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility
    Learning Curve
    Learning and Training opportunities
    Infectious science driven culture

    Cons

    Hierarchical structure making promotion process slow.

    Advice to Management

    Move on....


  11. Helpful (2)

    Exceptional company, but experiencing some growing pains...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Takeda Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Though new to the global playground, Takeda provides quitable compensation, benefits, and work environments commensurate with peer global big-pharma. Senior management is relinquishing control from the traditional Japanese business model, in favor of a more global and multi-national management team and approach. Very promising pipeline through in-house development and aggressive M&D BD.

    Cons

    Company has seen a lot of growth in a relatively short amount of time within the pharma field. One of the negative results has been the gravitation towards somewhat of a defunct IT, common throughout all sites. Though this is definitely a con, it has become increasingly clear that this is an all too common reality within most global firms, independent of industry. This commonality no withstanding, management should endeavor to revitalize the technological edge of the company, rather than accept this IT mediocrity in an ever increasingly more technologically diverse business environment.

    Advice to Management

    Stop outsourcing IT management--it's expensive and you are not necessarily saving enough money for your individual sites. Rather, reinvest in onsite IT support not only for you subsidiary acquisitions who already have such onsite support, but more importantly for all of your satellite campuses. It seems like a small hinderance to your everyday business and clinical operations, but not investing in a competent onsite support for all or your sites is a commonly held gripe from employees we are lucky enough to acquire from some of the larger peer companies within the biotech/pharma industry. Takeda does not settle for mediocrity in its pipeline, research, leadership, and rank and file employees--the company should hold the same standard for its technology, software, and support.



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