UCB Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
85 Reviews
3.3
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UCB CEO Roch Doliveux
Roch Doliveux
37 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The new President seems to want to focus on work/life balance and a better work environment (in 6 reviews)

  • Great benefits, good corporate culture, professional staff (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Because of turnover new people come in and there is constant change (in 4 reviews)

  • General attitude of entitlement and disrespect toward work environment and colleagues (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Analyst

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

    I have been working at UCB full-time for 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
  2.  

    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!!

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mid-cap biopharma company with career growth potential

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Manager
    Current Employee - District Manager

    I have been working at UCB full-time for 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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  5.  

    Great Place To Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Smyrna, GA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Smyrna, GA

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

    Pros

    UCB has a passion to "Live The Values". They really take what they do as a company seriously. They make sure that all who work for the company understand the seriousness of the work. The work environment is always friendly and has a good vibe.

    Cons

    There is always constant change. It seems like a serious game of musical chairs is going on there. With every new management change brings a new thought process on how things should run. The company is in a constant infant stage when it comes to processes. Much is expected with less workers, but I think that is everywhere these days.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Rapidly Evolving Corporate Culture

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UCB full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good medicines in therapeutic areas where there is significant unmet need. Exposure to many facets of the business.

    Cons

    Change in executive leadership over past two years has led to rapid deterioration of corporate culture. Work environment plagued by lack of transparency, politics, and lack of solution oriented thinking across the organization that paralyzes ability to move projects forward. Significant budget and resource cuts at odds with escalating business goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Former Employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UCB full-time

    Pros

    Nice campus. Learned a lot, but would never want to work there again.

    Cons

    If you are looking for a place to advance your career, skip UCB. Not even sure how I made it as long as I did, (over 5 years). If you are employed more than 5 your are considered an old-timer. High turnover, and lack of strategy. Because of turnover new people come in and there is constant change. Too much to be successful. Turnover is high at the Sr. Mgt level too including US President. Had 4 president's in 8 years.
    HR is useless, promotions (or lack thereof) are based on politics not merit. Because of the constant change people are always fearful and defensive and generally just angry. Harassment, backbiting, and inappropriate conduct is accepted and tolerated. Everything is hair on fire and whose fault is it mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop constantly throwing random ideas on the wall hoping they'll stick just to make your mark. It creates havoc. By the time your new idea and change has been adopted you are out the door.
    Stop working in silos with TWO separate business units who each operate like separate companies.
    Have a strategy and stick to it.
    Reward employees based on merit. Create career pathways and internships so that people can get cross-functional experience.

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

    If you want to get ahead, don't get stuck in the sales side where there is NO Managed Care Access.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales-Biotechnology-Immunology  in  Smyrna, GA
    Current Employee - Sales-Biotechnology-Immunology in Smyrna, GA

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

    Pros

    Immunology pipeline is among the best. Pay well, but they have to or more people would leave.

    Cons

    Europe is scared of doing business with customers (Doctors who buy and bill the drugs). The CIA from US OIG is the driving force behind EVERYTHING done at the field level. Management everywhere, leadership nowhere. No viable marketing positioning to Managed Care based on cost leader of products; therefore, no Managed Care access. No political cojones to protect buy and bill (Medicare) growth market. Get a promotion by never getting anywhere close to having to try and sell anything to a customer, it won't sell well, and your resume will not get padded for future success. Get out now into something support related (especially iTechPadPhone) they love this stuff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Which top ranked business school told you it was a great idea to re-jigger your field sales team SIX MONTHS into the launch of your most Important Drug?

    Which top ranked Research/Medical school told you to confabulate the long term data of a great drug such that you cannot receive extended data into your Package Insert YEARS after the drug is launched?

    Which pencil headed consultant geeks told you that going head to head with MONSTER Biotechnology companies was a great marketing plan~completely ignoring the niche of providing a unique delivery system where customer's share in the revenue stream; and control initiation and maintenance of the therapy?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good benefits and good people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UCB full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Company treated me very well while I was there. Excellent promotional track. Time I was there was a great experience. Company places very high value on professional development, which was one of the best things about UCB.

    Cons

    Smaller company didn't have as much marketing power as a large one. Market access and managed care focus lacked while I was there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more opportunities for rep involvement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    High expectations

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Neuroscience Sales Representative  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Neuroscience Sales Representative in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    UCB pays their employees well, has decent benefits and great products. They have a great patient assistance program. UCB has a great pipeline.

    Cons

    This job is high pressure and high expectations. If you are in the sales representative role, their is little regard for work life balance. Very cut throat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the field and trust that most are experienced and want to help the company succeed.

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

    Not the worst, but no where near good if you expect any advancement in your career.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at UCB as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great group of people, new technology isn't something their afraid of, the pay is great if you're a full-time employee, as are the benefits.

    Cons

    Pretty much everything else. Belgian-centric management team is unaware or uncaring of the contributions of U.S. members. Contractors are looked down on as less than worthy contributors to the goals and objectives of the company, even if they excel. Love to make promises but never follow through on them regardless of your track record. Under-handed, 2-faced dealings run rampant. Scare tactics from HR if/when you have an issue that needs to be addressed. Inability to recognize and/or reward talented people to the extent of firing them for no reason. Welcome to one of the "right-to-work" states.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice, they wouldn't listen anyway. If you don't work directly with the person you're dismissing, maybe you should talk to those who do before making knee-jerk decisions about them. A lot of times, there is a real reason for unhappiness, management just don't care. They want robots and puppies, people who just do what they're told with what they're given without a voice or concern for their employee's well-being.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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