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Actelion Group Reviews

Updated April 28, 2017
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Actelion Group CEO and Director Jean-Paul Clozel
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Pros
  • Relaxed atmosphere with emphasis on work life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • great benefits,a lot of effort to do the little things that make working for a smaller biotech great(ie:upgraded co (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Due to flat hierarchy levels somewhat limited career development opportunities (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Bullies"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Seemed OK at first .

    Cons

    Bullying culture with lots of people complaining but managers at all levels simply ignoring it.
    Do not work for this company,.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "The worst management ever"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clinical Pharmacology in Allschwil (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Clinical Pharmacology in Allschwil (Switzerland)
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Actelion Group full-time

    Pros

    - Interesting projects
    - Committed staff

    Cons

    - Bullying culture
    - Incompetent leadership
    - You do as you are told
    - Low moral

    Advice to Management

    Give up the day job


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Tough culture to work in"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Basel (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Basel (Switzerland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Free language courses
    Nice buildings but cold
    Not much pro if you are a driven person -

    Cons

    The leadership is very dysfunctional and you survive if you bully. Unless you are French you can't go very far. There is discriminatory behavior .

    Advice to Management

    Change your leadership and build a different culture of respect and trust


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  5. "Bewertung"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allschwil (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Allschwil (Switzerland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    das Geld, aber so eine Erwartung, dass das für alles entschädigt

    Gutes Kantinenessen, schöne Gebäude

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    Cons

    Personal wird schlecht behandelt, verbesserungwürdig

    sehr emotional

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    Advice to Management

    Die Art der Kommunikation verbessern

    Geld ist nicht alles.

    . . . . . . . . . .


  6. "Going nowhere fast"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cherry Hill, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cherry Hill, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Actelion NJ (Actelion Clinical Research) has the following good points: bring your dog to work policy; fully paid medical benefits; a few of the direct managers are very supportive of their direct reports

    Cons

    Clinical Development management department heads are in a power struggle and fighting for control. The departments are silos, with poor communication among the groups. The power struggles trickle down and create an atmosphere of backstabbing, finger pointing and mistrust. Some managers micromanage employees, and there is a lack of empowerment and ability to make decisions at the appropriate level. All major and strategic decisions are made by ACR president or in the headquarters. Employees are rarely promoted from within; there is very little opportunity for advancement.
    The office set-up is very unusual: large open offices with 4-5 people - these become very noisy and distracting when trying to work, it's much worse than a cubicle. Most of the "team rooms" keep their doors closed, making it awkward for someone to walk in (do you knock, or just open the door?). Because of the open plan, you know way too much information about your office mates.

    Advice to Management

    The mid-level management is fine, and does it's best to mentor employees and drive trials to success. Senior management needs to stop in-fighting and find a way to come together. There is a huge lack of trust and paranoia. As a result, good ideas are not shared with others and risks are not taken because of fear. The CEO should find out the real story, and not be fooled by the misinformation given to him by his team.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "honest feedback"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management Position In Local Team in Cherry Hill, NJ
    Current Employee - Management Position In Local Team in Cherry Hill, NJ

    Pros

    Nice people in local office
    Nice benefits and time off

    Cons

    micro-management; low to no room for growth; poor management skills; low resourced; training programs are put in place "too late" or not at all; fear based management mentality; not enough autonomy in job functions; poor behaviors from management are not handled or resolved; seem to be 'ehind the times' when it comes to systems and the way some of the work is conducted; many employees have felt "forced" to leave the company

    Advice to Management

    To be more open minded; To value the employees and provide training and opportunities.


  8. "Lots of managers, not enough leaders"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Actelion Group full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and always trying to do the right thing for patients.

    Cons

    Lean workforce with processes that are heavily scrutinized to align with parent company. Top heavy with lots of people managers that are not great leaders though have great visibility and leverage with executive team and are rewarded extra. Any attempt to voice your concerns results in you not being a team player.

    Advice to Management

    Be careful to keep equity and rewards equitable across the board. It takes an entire team to make the company successful, not just your senior leaders.


  9. "Territory Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    compensate their people well...and benefits are very good. The home office in San Francisco is beautiful.

    Cons

    make very poor management decisions, and deceive the sales teams in a very manipulative manner. Very unprofessional for such an experienced and high performing sales staff.

    Advice to Management

    stop mistreating your excellent sales teams... Try being honest and upfront for a change....


  10. Helpful (1)

    "career opportunities"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Actelion Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong product qualty, no high stress

    Cons

    needs vision and clear strategy, no employee development


  11. "special company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    very good salary, nice people, nice buildings

    Cons

    demanding management, no work/life balance, sometimes inappropriate behaviour

    Advice to Management

    stick to the core values


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