Watson Pharmaceuticals

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Watson Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated November 3, 2014
Updated November 3, 2014
69 Reviews
2.9
69 Reviews
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Watson Pharmaceuticals President, CEO, and Director Paul M. Bisaro
Paul M. Bisaro
38 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Had good benefits for a reasonable price and decent salary with fairly wide pay ranges (in 8 reviews)

  • The pay and benefits are pretty good but that is about it (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Communication & work life balance needs improvement (in 4 reviews)

  • Former CEO and upper management geniuely cared for ALL employees (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pleasant place to begin a career.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chemist III in Corona, CA
    Current Employee - Chemist III in Corona, CA

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

    Pros

    Watson pays an average salary and provides competitive benefits. Most of the people who work here are pleasant enough. If you are lucky enough to be working at site that is being expanded, then there are plenty of opportunities for upward growth.

    Cons

    The site I work at is notorious for its compliance issues and mismanagement, which have only worsened through the years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to manage. It is not fair to your employees to rely so heavily on just a few while allowing the rest to loaf. If you choke off funding to site then don't be surprised when the quality suffers. A healthy site requires the following: talented employees, competitive wages, reliable equipment, and reasonable expectations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Senior Instructional Designer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Watson Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Fascinating work, working with product that is truly needed by patients.

    Cons

    Slow decision making. Always worried about FDA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look inside your company for talent, not externally.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Brand Division Is Poorly Managed

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Professional Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Senior Professional Sales Representative

    I worked at Watson Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lot's of great field sales reps.

    Cons

    Products are not innovative, 4th-5th to market.
    Sales managers are embarassingly incompetent, as are the product managers and the marketing department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace every district manager and the sales & marketing personnel. Acquire products that the market actually wants and needs. Stop throwing good money after bad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Analytical Development Scientist, method development and validation

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Corona, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Corona, CA

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

    Pros

    Culture and benefits, good medical benefits.

    Cons

    not very good career development opp

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    hopefully some one will do something

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Watson Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits good peer level employees

    Cons

    much overtime, no quid pro quo for hard work, hard work not reflective in bonus, everyone gets the same,

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Watson - A good company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Scientist in Danbury, CT
    Former Employee - Principal Scientist in Danbury, CT

    I worked at Watson Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Had good benefits for a reasonable price and decent salary with fairly wide pay ranges. Most Co-woworkers knowledgeable, helpful & friendly.

    Cons

    Too many lay-offs. Too much out-sourcing of jobs. Watson was a small company that became a much larger company through acquisiton over a relatively short period of time. Unfortunately, management didn't grow with the company & didn't know how to merge & manage all the acquisitions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible Top Down Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Watson Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    To get experience only- then move on quickly!

    Cons

    Micro management- harassment
    No truth to anything said

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop biting the hands that feed you!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poor place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corona, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corona, CA

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

    Pros

    Very good 401K plan and reasonably good benefits in general.

    Cons

    Culture of bullying, finger-pointing and punishment, highly political environment, employees discouraged from challenging status quo, opaque review process, silo mentality and culture, us vs. them attitude with quality vs. manufacturing (quality vs. quantity), culture to "release everything" and rush everything through at all costs, focus on petty issues instead of big picture, blatant favoritism (good ole boys club type environment) exhibited within certain groups by management, weak site HR, no systems to protect and fairly evaluate strong individual contributors who are not "popular" with management, long history of regulatory compliance issues, lack of clear standards for promotions or personal development, unfair work distribution, history of unqualified or insufficiently qualified personnel and management, poor communication, no leadership training (and it shows), lack of professionalism by many site managers, no 360 reviews for management despite repeated requests by employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the cons.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Its a new regime

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corona, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corona, CA

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

    Pros

    Has good general benefits, active in March of Dimes charity

    Cons

    new CEO has brought a morale that makes 'lower' level positions feel as though their contribution is not worthy of recognition. Former CEO and upper management geniuely cared for ALL employees. This new regime lost that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Payroll Clerk

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    Former Employee - Payroll Clerk in Corona, CA
    Former Employee - Payroll Clerk in Corona, CA

    I worked at Watson Pharmaceuticals as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The company is a great company to work for, and the people are very very friendly.. very comfortable environment.

    Cons

    I did not have any cons about working here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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