UCB Reviews

Updated June 24, 2015
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UCB CEO Jean-Christophe Tellier
Jean-Christophe Tellier
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Pros
  • No work pressure good work life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Great benefits and work/life balance (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Constant change in management with no clear direction (in 6 reviews)

  • Management is trying to prove their worth, so they spend little or no time supporting or promoting subordinates (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCB

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

    Pros

    Culturally, a very good company

    Cons

    Slow moving to implement process change


  2. Not the wonderful place it used to be

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Smyrna, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Smyrna, GA

    I have been working at UCB full-time

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, flex time and working from home, patient centric company.

    Cons

    Too much turn over at the top as they can't keep a President longer than 1 year or so . No vision and middle management doesn't listen to the concerns of the hard working employees. A lot of favoritism and if you're not in the "in" crowd, you will not get ahead no matter how hard you work. UCB HR is awful and CANNOT be trusted. They are for the company, NOT the employee. Beware of this if you are interested in this company. You are on your own if you have any issues there.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your talented, hardworking employees. Stop throwing around stupid little perks like dry cleaning and car washes (that we pay for). You are not sitting in our situation yet you make decisions without thinking of the consequences to us. Eliminate the awful management you continue to keep - you know who they are yet you do nothing!! Shameful to say the least.


  3. Great place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Directors in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Directors in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at UCB

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits, great people and a culture of co-creation

    Cons

    Leadership not always in tune with the people

    Advice to Management

    Spend time with all levels of employees to understand how your changes in structure, strategy and processes impace everyone.


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  5. UCB Raleigh is a nice place to work, and the atmosphere in the whole company will attract you to stay.

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

    I have been working at UCB

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

    Pros

    I' m a part time intern here. Everyone helps me and guides me. I learned a lot.

    Cons

    I do not think there is some thing to say at here.


  6. Solid company

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

    I worked at UCB

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent base salary, average bonus potential

    Cons

    Nit much in US GI pipeline


  7. Good company with process challenges and lack of progressive thought.

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    Former Employee - Sales in Smyrna, GA
    Former Employee - Sales in Smyrna, GA

    I worked at UCB

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

    Pros

    The company has Great benefits, dedicated people, and you have the ability to see how your work benefits patients and physicians.

    Cons

    The company operates in a fire drill mentality and lacks true strategic planning skills. Also, they operate too lean in critical process and data analytics areas of the company.

    Advice to Management

    There is no one size fits all model but management still continues to rate everyone in a one size fits all system. Think progressively and you will possibly keep more talent at the company.


  8. Helpful (3)

    NO ADVANCEMENT

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

    I have been working at UCB

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

    Pros

    UCB has good salary compensation and a great benefit package.

    Cons

    But that is all that is good. The environment in Smyrna is toxic. Management shows to only invest in a select few individuals, leaving others who are more qualified left to hibernate. They do not even appear concerned that high-talented individuals are pursuing opportunities outside the company.

    Conversations with management are one-sided with little to no open dialogue. There is not investment in career development, even when asked. Managers only look out for themselves, causing their young (but thirsty) talent to swim alone in a shark tank and will not stand up for them behind closed doors.

    Mistakes are cataloged, not to be overlooked or forgiven, without regard to the magnitude of the error or even if an individual took steps to rectify the situation before it made any impact. This will eventually lead to an uncomfortable, hostile and toxic working situation.

    They are constantly restructuring and cutting budgets.

    And who wants that?

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes to what you have and what you are losing. If individuals are lacking in areas needed for advancement then you should invest and assist grooming them and not set individuals up for failure.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Run and never look back!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UCB full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Flexible working environment and decent pay

    Cons

    Where do I begin. Management is a joke and are paid way beyond their capabilities. The company does a lot of illegal underhand games to fire/set employees up. Management base their decisions off personal feelings and not facts. If you blink wrong one day your reputation is tarnished. Never worked at a place full of such unprofessionalism, lack of care for their employees, and just full of lies.

    The corporate office is clueless to U.S. culture and has a tight grip on how it is ran. This really slows down opportunities for innovation and change. They try to say that everyone should bring ideas to the table to help better change but that is not true. You waste your breathe explaining the disadvantages/advantages of certain changes and you are shut out and deemed negative.

    HR is a waste of a department. They're not beneficial to the organization and is completely twisted. That is the main department that needs change. There is no room for movement and they oversell you on dreams/promises, but never deliver.

    Advice to Management

    You seriously need to get rid of a lot of people and start over. Just because people have been there for years doesn't mean they need to be promoted into management. Invest more into management to better lead the team. It's like the blind leading the blind. Take the time to realize that it may not be an employee issue but a management issue.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Don't believe the pipe dream

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

    I have been working at UCB

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

    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 Management

    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!!


  11. Helpful (3)

    Pharmaceutical experience in the southeast

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

    I have been working at UCB

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

    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 Management

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



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