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Otsuka America Overview

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Headquarters San Francisco, CA
Size 1001 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1989
Type Company - Private
Industry Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Competitors Eli Lilly, Nestlé, Takeda Pharmaceuticals
Otsuka America is the holding company for the US operations of Japan's Otsuka Pharmaceutical. Otsuka America oversees pharmaceutical research and development, marketing, and distribution of both prescription drugs and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. The ... More

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Otsuka America Chairman and CEO; Chairman and CEO, Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Hiromi Yoshikawa
Hiromi Yoshikawa
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    Too little; too late

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    Current Employee - Director of Marketing
    Current Employee - Director of Marketing
    Doesn't Recommend


    The company has a good product and a well trained sales force. The Board of Directors recognized the problem with the pre-existing management and changed it accordingly for the better, bringing in a new Chief Executive Officer and senior vice president of sales. The company reorganized and reconstructed itself to meet the needs of the customers. It was a small company and most of the people were friendly and willing to help even if under-educated in their areas of expertise. The location in Lafayette was beautiful and there was a good work life balance. I thought the company had potential.


    Unfortunately, after only two years, the Board of Directors engaged another chief executive officer and laid off the senior vice president of sales. The new CEO had no experience in sales, marketing or for that matter management; therefore he listened to everything the chief financial officer said and didn't listen to anyone else. The company changed directions as to what they were selling three times in three years which led to inconsistent sales efforts. The company should have never been a stand alone firm; they didn't make enough in sales to warrant the overhead of accounting, finance, human resources, shipping, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Don't keep changing horses in the middle of the race. If you have hired good people, listen to their advice.

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    No Offer
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    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Otsuka America in October 2009.


    Did HR bit first, then interview with 2 managers. Took about 1.5 hours.

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