UCB
3.1 of 5 71 reviews
www.ucb.com Brussels, Belgium 5000+ Employees

UCB Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014
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3.1 71 reviews

                             

67% Approve of the CEO

UCB Chairman, Executive Committee and CEO Roch F. Doliveux

Roch F. Doliveux

(30 ratings)

52% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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  • "good work-life balance and benefits"
    in 5 reviews
  • "Great benefits and work/life balance"
    in 8 reviews
Cons:
  • "No real value and respect for employees, unless you (1) played the political games, (2) were in Sales, (3) were in or somehow tide to research"
    in 3 reviews
  • "General attitude of entitlement and disrespect toward work environment and colleagues"
    in 3 reviews
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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at UCB full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat people
Great culture
Excellent products and pipeline

Consno real cons
need better manage care access

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

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R&D Chemist

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at UCB

ProsExcellent benefits and vacation.

ConsHard to advance regardless of how many hours or training you put in.

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Ok if you are looking for a career in IT mediocrity.

IT Project Manager (Former Employee)

I worked at UCB full-time for more than 5 years

ProsSteady company to work for.

ConsAcquisitions occur every 3-4 years; lack of vision for business systems 3&5 year road maps causes many data and business process issues.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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wanted experienced rep, upper & field mgt micromanage, talk BIG act like idiots

Executive Hospital Sales Specialist CNS (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

I worked at UCB full-time for more than a year

Prosgood useful medications for important indications of use

Consacts like Big Pharma, but with no resources
micro managed to death at all levels
training only at initial sales training

Advice to Senior Managementfind another job, this company is doomed. overpromise on pipeline, it wont come to fruition. good luck suckers

– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Ultra Conservative Business

Medical Science Liaison (Current Employee)

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

ProsBenefits and salaryies are competetive

ConsPoor management, weak pipeline, no bright future

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

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Great Company with amazing benefits

Intern (Current Employee)
Smyrna, GA

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

ProsGreat mission, great benefits, very diverse and inclusive, great employee perks (i.e. discounts, on-campus gym with free classes and membership, on campus car wash, and on-campus dry cleaners in the Atlanta location).

Conslong work hours, hiring freeze (so must work a long time as a contractor first with no benefits), lots of training (mostly due to FDA regulations and SOP changes).

Advice to Senior ManagementI had a wonderful manager, but this is not the case for everyone. Overall, I think management is great here, but my advice for some managers would be to make sure you are utilizing everyone's talents. I saw on other teams where people with PhDs were only compiling reports from databases (no analysis necessary) and making copies for a living. And that can really lower morale. But if you make sure you bring this up in your interview, management seems pretty accommodating.

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

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Interesting Company

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at UCB

ProsDecent compensation, freedom to build, accountability for results

ConsBizarre political atmosphere, often contrary to good business. Distinct operating culture between Brussels and US. Often leadership will defer decision making until the rest of world has passed it by.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe US affiliate is a leading source of innovation. This is where the investment belongs

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

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It was the best pharmaceutical company I've worked for in the industry.

Professional Sales Representative (Former Employee)

I worked at UCB full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat management and culture. This position provided alot of opportunity to grow during the years I was there.

ConsMy division dismantled in 2010 and many of the people I worked with are no longer there.

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Different overall feeling than most companies

Senior Sales Representative (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at UCB full-time for more than 5 years

ProsPeople such as colleagues are great.

Consdata retrival is a BIG problem.

Advice to Senior Managementstop changing management its disrupting

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great opportunity for professional development

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at UCB for less than a year

ProsThe opportunities for professional development are terrific. Working in an environment where it is necessary to effectively communicate across work functions to move the business forward has been most beneficial to my development. Management is terrific and acknowledge when good work is done. Leadership is working hard to provide more employee benefits. Employees are very friendly and are genuinely interested in your well being.

ConsCan be tedious at times and the work environment does not encourage creativity. Leadership is trying, but it is not translating well. Also, the recent reorganization has confused all employees because they no longer know exactly where they fit in .

Advice to Senior ManagementImplement an organizational structure and stick with it.

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

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