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UCB Reviews

Updated January 18, 2015
Updated January 18, 2015
97 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The new President seems to want to focus on work/life balance and a better work environment (in 8 reviews)

  • Great benefits, good corporate culture, professional staff (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Because of turnover new people come in and there is constant change (in 6 reviews)

  • Little or no communication between departments, making it harder to have good change management in place (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Patient centered company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Director in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at UCB full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Patient focus - always
    benefits
    colleagues

    Cons

    none that I can think of

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Don't believe the pipe dream

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

    I have been working at UCB

    Pros

    At the time I was there and started there were some really smart people there and I enjoyed working with them. Also the things that UCB do for their patients is really good and actually meeting some of them motivates you and excite you to do your job because of how it helps them. Best place for a sales rep to come

    Cons

    Poor management and too many high level managers that make too much money and don't know what they are doing and definitely can not lead a department or a team. Make decisions on personal or emotional issues of their own and not what's best for UCB. They want to be voted as one of the best places to work but changing wall colors, furniture and stuff is not going to work instead they should start caring about their employees by their actions and not just saying it. UCB will drain you of all of yourself and make you doubt your abilities. They will paint a picture and sale you a pipe dream but once you are in and you have just a little of a brain you will see that it is a mess and how in the h*** did I get here!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your management together. Which I hope the new CEO will see how their are too many upper management that should not be in their positions!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Pharmaceutical experience in the southeast

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

    I have been working at UCB

    Pros

    Good Compensation, Strong benefits, authentic care for patients

    Cons

    Senior leadership ineffective and non-collaborative. Belgian HQ has tight control, limiting ability to be creative in this environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of our offices more and learn account the needs of our teams

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Watch your back

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Smyrna, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Smyrna, GA

    I worked at UCB full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I liked the pay and benefits, and most of the people I worked with were very pleasant. Good work/life balance is nice. The food in the cafeteria is good as well.

    Cons

    Sneaky management team ready to throw you under the bus. Serious lack of focus regarding what the company needs to be doing for the future. Trans-Atlantic work is a real challenge, given that things are run out of Brussels. Tons of pointless summit meetings and BS activities where all people do is talk about what they "should" be doing. The so-called "patient focus" is a joke; all UCB cares about is selling product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set concrete, individual metrics for incentives and hold people accountable for meeting those metrics. You cannot drive change unless people have skin in the game.

  6.  

    Headed in the wrong direction

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

    I have been working at UCB full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company as a whole is trying to focus on employee satisfaction by creating work/life balance, on site car wash, and other employee engagement activities

    Cons

    Managers are out for self gain, has no idea how to lead people. Implementing systems that provide little or no value to the team or the customers, and systems are poorly tested, so they never work correctly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your team, the ones who actually do the work. Don't be afraid to advocate for your team, rather than just accepting what leadership says, because they don't understand what's going on at the operations level.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Care more about their patients then they do their staff

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

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

    Pros

    Proactive and instrumental in finding cures in medicine for its patients! Salaries are great and a few good people who care just as much for the business as the leadership team.

    Cons

    Constant change in management with no clear direction. They continue to implement policies, unclear goals and objectives only to realize that it is a constant failure. No admission of accountability or responsibility with leadership. Poor direction, clueless global team and always wasting money on frivolous ideas..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give managers the autonomy to lead their teams and stay out of the process. Listen to the feedback and advice of your lower level managers. keep US and global practices separate from one another.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Lack of Management Support

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Smyrna, GA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Smyrna, GA

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

    Pros

    Great pipeline, very patient focused – the company seems to genuinely care about the wellbeing of patients. Competitive salary and good benefits.

    Cons

    Change is good, but UCB goes overboard. This constant change leaves everyone fending for themselves. Management is trying to prove their worth, so they spend little or no time supporting or promoting subordinates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to maintain good talent support the workers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Was laid off in 10 months of hire.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCB

    Pros

    The office environment was very nice.

    Cons

    Too many organizational changes in a short time period!!

  10.  

    Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Smyrna, GA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Smyrna, GA

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

    Pros

    European mindset. Flexible and easy going forward thinking approach

    Cons

    Provide more opportunity for growth within the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employee feedback and act proactively

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mid-cap biopharma company with career growth potential

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

    I have been working at UCB full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    great pipeline, you will get to know everyone given size, opportunities for advancement with organization, strong benefits package (particularly a "pension" like program at end of each year), still feels small.

    Cons

    European-based, so sometimes ideologies clash, still finding its way as a biotech company from a chemical and pharma beginning, and finding its way through new legislation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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