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Alexion Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated March 28, 2017
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Alexion Pharmaceuticals Interim Chief Executive Officer David R. Brennan
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  • Strike better Work life balance (in 28 reviews)

  • there is absolutely no work life balance, and any attempt to better the company culture is met with much resisitance (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (5)

    "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Director in New Haven, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Alexion Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I have worked at Alexion since 2014 and can honestly say that it is the best company that I have ever worked for and I have no plans of leaving. While I agree with most postings that state the work environment is not for the faint hearted, there is a reason..the patients. People are often reminded of the reason why we work so hard. We work hard because of our patients. They need us. In the event of work life balance issues, all you had to do was speak up. Let your manager know.. I love Alexion because of the following:

    -Benefits are astounding. They're always looking to find creative ways to support employees
    - New winter holiday shutdown is awesome
    -Pay is extremely competitive
    -opportunities for advancement. I have been promoted twice in 18 months. Hard work is rewarded.
    -People are very friendly and dedicated

    Cons

    My only challenge was the move to New Haven. It caused a longer commute. I have adjusted though and management works with me.

    Advice to Management

    I have no issues with management.


  2. "Good Company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Director in New Haven, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people/coworkers
    Great cause
    Great pay/benefits/total compensation package

    Cons

    Growing company = growing pains
    Revenues seem to be leveling off or not able to support level of R&D investment needed
    Smaller company = more limited job opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the culture of the company that you want Alexion to become


  3. "Great company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alexion Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Highly motivating work environment t work in

    Cons

    Lack of resource for the amount of work

    Alexion Pharmaceuticals Response

    Mar 23, 2017 – Human Resources Professional

    Thank you, we appreciate you taking the time to leave a review. We are also very pleased that you are motivated by your work environment. At Alexion, employees have a stake in truly innovative and ... More


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Specialist"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Alexion Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Good health and retirement benefits.

    Cons

    Company paid 8.4 billion for a clinical company that only provided a commercial product that makes 20 million/year. Everything else is a bust. That is the pivotal example of how well the company operates.


  6. "Tumultuous"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Smithfield, RI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Smithfield, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Alexion Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Individual managers can make a difference in your experience.

    Cons

    Overall climate is one where people are trying to find a way out.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Sad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Director in New Haven, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generous compensation and health benefits.

    Cons

    Golden handcuffs no longer worth it. Culture has converted from a past faced, entrepreneurial environment which encouraged creativity to a distasteful big corporate culture which focusses on value for the very few at the top.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company to the highest bidder


  8. Helpful (2)

    "ARIMF IS A MESS!!!!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - QA Specialist in Smithfield, RI
    Current Employee - QA Specialist in Smithfield, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Alexion Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are no pros anymore. What used to be a great work environment was turned into a dysfunctional back stabbing place promoted by the Sr. Leadership. Intimidation, lies and managing by fear became the norn. The place is loaded with unqualified resources and they all want to be managers

    Cons

    The integrated management system is a complete failure !!!! We spent a significant amount of time on the stupid boards....leadership sooo detached from reality

    Advice to Management

    Undo the damage and get rid of the integrated management system


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Too many VPs doing nothing"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Director in New Haven, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alexion Pharmaceuticals (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is relatively good although bonus is on the lower side. Benefits are good, new HQ building. Really nothing else good to talk about.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic,no real career development plan for mid level employees. Promotion is all about who you know. Too many ED level above sitting there doing nothing. Extremely top heavy even after recent lay off.

    Advice to Management

    More TRUE anonymous survey among employees


  10. "Has been excellent to date!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Director in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Executive Director in New Haven, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alexion Pharmaceuticals full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Dynamic work environment.
    People are focused on patients and doing good work!
    Scientific focus.
    Great benefits.
    Interesting work and cross functional teams are collaborative.

    Cons

    Growing pains as it matures as a company.
    Some systems and business processes need to be developed.
    Decision making is always escalated to leadership and management levels.

    Advice to Management

    Empower staff to take on decision making and hold them accountable.

    Alexion Pharmaceuticals Response

    Feb 19, 2017 – Human Resources Professional

    Thank you for your comments, firstly we are delighted you are enjoying your experience with us so far and long may this continue. As you have noted, we operate with urgency and intensity, and we ... More


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great Opportunities to Build Something Special"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Director in New Haven, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alexion Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great talent, benefits, opportunities to influence program design. Senior leadership is transparent and approachable.

    Cons

    Formal programs have been created to support manager training and mentoring.

    Alexion Pharmaceuticals Response

    Feb 19, 2017 – Human Resources Professional

    Thank you for your review, and the contribution you have made to Alexion over the last 3 years. As you know we have experienced tremendous success and there is more growth ahead of us, and we agree ... More



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