Takeda Pharmaceuticals

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Takeda Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
184 Reviews
3.6
184 Reviews
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Takeda Pharmaceuticals President, CEO, and Director Yasuchika Hasegawa
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance / comp / opportunity to develop (in 19 reviews)

  • Takeda has provided good pay and benefits to its employees (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • No work/life balance although they claim this is very important for us to have (in 10 reviews)

  • Difficult to get in touch with senior management (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Takeda Pharmaceuticals (formerly Millennium Pharmaceuticals), Cambridge, MA; IT Service Desk Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Service Desk Engineer (Levels I, II) in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - IT Service Desk Engineer (Levels I, II) in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Takeda Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Smart, professional, appreciative and helpful people. A clear mission; Cure Cancer.
    No micromanagers. Management allows you to be the professional that you are.
    Detailed and extensive published Policies and Procedures. (Now I know why I was required to take "Policy" my senior year at Babson.)
    Well mainatined offices and grounds. Graeat morale and company wide events.

    Cons

    Based on my two years of experience working in IT there, I can't think of a Con. Still happily employed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to hire smart, mature professionals. Maintain the hands off approach as we exceed your SLA goals with your overall guidance. Thank you for being the best managers I have ever worked for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Changed over the years; growing pains

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

    I have been working at Takeda Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Changed considerably over the past 10 years; but still relatively good place to work. It depends on your manager and your department. Pay is good.

    Cons

    Culture is very conservative and non-direct, but that may be changing as the company stretches to become more global and less Japanese-culture based. Silos still prevail though and very difficult to integrate with Millennium who is still quite hurt over being acquired, but some are trying.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward those who open more direct communication lines

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Go for the people, leave for better experience

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

    I worked at Takeda Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule...Meeting free Fridays...as well as year long "summer hours"...easily work from home

    Cons

    Some people have been at Millennium/Takeda too long and need to take their experience elsewhere. It's holding back the group from growing. Limited room for growth unless you are with the "in" crowd..very much like high school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop making changes. Commit to a structure and expectations from individuals. Lots of smart, talented individuals walking out the door..with no exit interviews there is no way to fix the things that are making people run.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Decent management, no leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Deerfield, IL

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

    Pros

    Working environment, people and benefits were very good.

    Cons

    No clear vision, and like many companies these days, driven to the bottom by the bottom line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out a way to inspire your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Solid company with great history, with short term challenges

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative

    I worked at Takeda Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Good ethics, take good care of employees

    Cons

    Leadership challenges and difficulty partnering and bringing compounds to market organically - i.e. light pipeline and commercial offerings

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    PV specialist

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PV Specialist in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - PV Specialist in Deerfield, IL

    I worked at Takeda Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    VERY GOOD TO WORK IN

    Cons

    no cons to talk about

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Meh. Not sure it would have been better anywhere else. Pharma is not what it used to be

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Takeda Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Company bonus was always really good. Even if performance wasn't.

    Cons

    Lots of drama (too many women). Lots of big brother stuff as of late. Too many busy work projects and reports to do.

    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    IT

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Takeda Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Great Place to work. Great culture.

    Cons

    Company is going through lot of changes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sort out the issues to reduce high iteration rate

    Negative Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Killed Millennium

    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Takeda Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Maybe it is a safe place to work? Maybe not?
    It's a job and the pay is decent.
    Flexible and generous work/life balance.
    There is opportunity to learn and grow professionally if you seek it out.

    Cons

    Severely top-heavy with many political clingers in senior leadership.
    The Millennium days are long-over. Culture is much less engaging than it used to be.
    Many of the best people have left or are leaving, which leaves a greater proportion of people who are comfortable with coasting.
    Nothing against it, but working with the Japanese culture can be challenging.
    Decision-making is cumbersome and slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve pipeline and do interesting science.
    Have a compelling mission and invest in good people.

  11.  

    Great, award-winning workplace

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

    I have been working at Takeda Pharmaceuticals (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The employee benefits and work-life initiatives are fantastic - you would be hard-pressed to find a company in the Chicago area with better amenities and employee-friendly programs.

    Cons

    As a US affiliate to a Japan-based, globalizing company, we only have so much say in the overall direction of the company. Change is a constant, but sometimes Takeda changes seem at the whim of whoever is currently in charge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow greater local-based decision making and growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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