Watson Pharmaceuticals

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Watson Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated August 6, 2014
Updated August 6, 2014
65 Reviews
2.9
65 Reviews
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Watson Pharmaceuticals President, CEO, and Director Paul M. Bisaro
Paul M. Bisaro
37 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits, decent pay, more holidays than most pharmaceuticals in south Florida (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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Analytical Development Scientist, method development and validation

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist  in  Corona, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Corona, CA

    I have been working at Watson Pharmaceuticals full-time for 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
  2.  

    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 for 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
  3.  

    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 for 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor place to work

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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 for 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
  6.  

    Its a new regime

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 for 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
  7.  

    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 for less than a 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Process Technician  in  Carmel, IN
    Former Employee - Process Technician in Carmel, IN

    I worked at Watson Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A good company to work for.

    Cons

    The company moved from Carmel, NY

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    waiting to join you if there is an oppertunity

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Growing pains...

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

    I have been working at Watson Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great benefits! Opportunities to form great friendships! Some high performing teams!

    Cons

    Lots of politics...it depends on who you work for whether or not you will have opportunity for growth. Being highly productive may not be enough...Communication & work life balance needs improvement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more strategic plans that are pushed top down. Otherwise, we waste time reinventing the wheel with lots of rework. Communication & work-life balance needs improvement.

    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Since Paul Bisaro took the helm, venomous and hostile motivates through fear.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Watson Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Salary is decent; conforms to recognized standards.

    Cons

    No consideration for work/home life balance. The site leadership team is not proactive. Always a day late and a dollar short when it comes to resources. No overlaying of resources and timelines. Site leadership makes no distinction between duration and effort when managing their most important resource…people. The worst place to be in the Watson organization is middle management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove the General Manager...get real.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Poor moral, long hours, little appreciation, low pay

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    Current Employee - Senior CHEMIST  in  Corona, CA
    Current Employee - Senior CHEMIST in Corona, CA

    I have been working at Watson Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Time off and benefits package are exceptional. There are opportunities to grow, but management will hold you back through inner office politics.
    The Corona site is the only large pharma company in the inland empire.

    Cons

    Pay is extremely below industry standard. Even after a so-called "salary restructure" salary is still low.
    Long unappreciated working hours, forced to work weekends with no compensation (not even lunch to say thank you for 6 days of work!!!!!!!)
    Chemist/Scientist work until testing is completed.
    Management is 8-5 without fail.
    Structure of lab is very poor, Senior Chemist/reviewers do minimal work, while ChemI/II take the grunt of the workload.
    No matrix's are performed on quantity of lab workload, increase production without additional staffing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IF YOU GET 30% MORE PRODUCT, YOU NEED 30% MORE STAFF. YOU DO NOT WORK YOUR CURRENT STAFF 30% MORE WITHOUT COMPENSATION!!!!

    Look at what you "experienced" & higher paid scientist are doing? Are you getting you money's worth?

    Develop some matrix's for testing, workload, quantity of product.

    Mr. Bisaro should stop focusing on the bottom line and focus on his people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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