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ALZA Reviews

Updated June 14, 2017
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  1. "Head Legal Department"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Head Legal in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Head Legal in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ALZA (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful employee spirit. State of the art technology. Motivated to provide better health care rather than profits as the primary objective

    Cons

    There are none.....top company.

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. "ALZA Corporation"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Planner in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Production Planner in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ALZA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I worked for Alza right when Johnson & Johnson acquired it in 2001. It was good if you had stock options that were vested.

    Cons

    The acquisition by a pharmaceutical giant eventually led to moving many of the lines produced in our plants in the US to Puerto Rico for cost savings. Things got more complicated for daily operations by merging our operating procedures with J&J's procedures.

    Advice to Management

    Although there are significant tax and operation savings by moving production off shore, the product quality seems to suffer when it's done with certain product technologies.

  3. "Buyer/Planner Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contractor Though July 31, 2015 in Vacaville, CA
    Former Employee - Contractor Though July 31, 2015 in Vacaville, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ALZA (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work
    Close to home
    Nice people
    Lots of latitude to create processes
    Nice cafeteria

    Cons

    Wish I could have stayed longer
    Lots of detail missed in accounting
    little opportunity for contractors to become permanent
    Can't think of anything else
    sometimes bored

    Advice to Management

    Create more opportunity for contractors that did a good job for the company.


  4. "Alza"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at ALZA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    They are very good to work for.

    Cons

    the food is not very good.


  5. "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ALZA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture, diversified and focused

    Cons

    closed down by JNJ, no choice but leave

    Advice to Management

    DO NOT GET BOUGHT OVER


  6. "Great co-worker, horrible upper management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Vacaville, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Vacaville, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great staff. Pay above average.

    Cons

    Upper management is really awful.

    Advice to Management

    Quit saving each other's jobs and making it harder for your employees. More staff, less upper management, better results.


  7. "Great company, great times"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Chemical Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Chemical Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ALZA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work in 80s and 90s. Loved co-workers and management like family.

    Cons

    Became more difficult due to economic pressures in early 2000s. Johnson and Johnson bought out ALZA in 2002.

    Advice to Management

    Management was very good to us. They gave us warning, and people were able to start other companies or careers. R&D was closed in 2009 but commercial plant in Vacaville, CA still producing for JNJ

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be a fantastic place to work pre Johnson & Johnson"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vacaville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vacaville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ALZA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    After J & J buyout:
    Salary was good
    Easy commute
    Great analysts to work with in lab

    Cons

    After J & J buyout:
    Very low moral-Undervalued their employees
    Poor Management
    Not truthful about future (layoffs)
    Reduced benefits and perks
    Corp. profit ruled everything

    Advice to Management

    Promote employees who are good at what they do and not just "yes" people.
    Supervisors should have very good people skills along with the technical skills.
    Happy employees are productive employees


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Loved working for ALZA and contributing to it's success"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vacaville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vacaville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ALZA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Had a wonderful culture that made me want to be there

    Cons

    Culture changed after J & J bought it


  10. "Great employees, bad upper management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Scientist in Vacaville, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Scientist in Vacaville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The quality of people that work there is excellent. Everyone is friendly and generally helpful.

    Cons

    Management in general is sub-par, particularly upper management. For the most part, the management is ladder climbers and will do anything to keep their spot or move up.

    Advice to Management

    Start focusing on you direct reports. Many are very good employees, but a lot of them has lost most of their morale.


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