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Alexion Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated September 7, 2018
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Ludwig Hantson
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  • "Strike better Work life balance" (in 32 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. Helpful (1)

    "Full time"

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    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

    Company lives thee mission of patient focused

    Cons

    Ever changing, too many people changing positions


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great benefits, poor environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Haven, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great and competitive benefits and salaries.

    Cons

    The culture and environment is poor and uncertain. Senior management is not well trusted at the moment.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach. If patients are truly our guiding star then employees' well-being and happiness should be prioritized, otherwise those stars are going to burn out.

  3. "Finance Director"

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    Former Employee - Finance Director in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Finance Director in New Haven, CT

    I worked at Alexion Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent team of people to work with. Great benefits and salary.

    Cons

    Many senior management changes in a short period of time created a tense environment. Move to Boston was difficult for many people.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Culture Needs improvement"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Boston, MA
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary is attractive & competitive. Some great employees who work hard and are dedicated... tho so many that aren’t...

    Cons

    Culture, leadership, lack of process/systems/progress. Chaotic environment, some snr leaders are great, but many are not qualified to be where they are

    Advice to Management

    Recent leadership changes have been positive, tho need to dig out further


  5. "Excellent pay and benefits"

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    Former Employee - MFG Associate IV in Smithfield, RI
    Former Employee - MFG Associate IV in Smithfield, RI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits were great

    Cons

    No communication, very guarded management

    Advice to Management

    Open your door, let people see you, talk to them update them on the company


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Sales Leader"

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    Former Employee - Sales Leadership in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Sales Leadership in New Haven, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alexion Pharmaceuticals full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great products, decent sales leadership

    Cons

    constant internal and operational changes hamper growth and morale.

    Advice to Management

    Great treatments deserve great infrastructure and support.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Very talented people and a very challenging corporate culture"

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    Former Employee - Regional Account Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Regional Account Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellence is encouraged, the pay and overall compensation is fair, and a dedicated team of colleagues.

    Cons

    Poor , ineffective and arrogant management, negative corporate culture, and a relentless drive for performance even when surpassing goals. No value put on employees having a personal life.

    Advice to Management

    They ignored all the red flags with respect to market challenges and opportunities. Hopefully they'll continue to be introspective with respect to research, development and market opportunities

  8. Helpful (10)

    "so many possibilities"

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    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 a year)

    Pros

    the mission of company to make medicine for rare diseases
    hard working people that keep giving it all even with poor executives
    New executives seem to be trying to change culture but in areas where the executives have not been changed out there is very little change. Comp is good.

    Cons

    Very unorganized, fire fighting culture. Every day a new priority in Ops. Micromanagement like I've never seen it before....every issue requires a report or powerpoint slide and EVP needs to know every detail. Because of this employees to not feel empowered.

    Advice to Management

    You hire and pay for good people. Let them think and move without checking all of their work. You should not be in the weeds like this and it creates environment where employees don't care anymore as they are sick of getting criticized for every sentence they write (for issues that do not matter).


  9. Helpful (10)

    "Could have been so much better"

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate IV in Smithfield, RI
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate IV in Smithfield, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, great benefits, great team of peers.

    Cons

    Horribly managed from the top down. Very apparent that the patient was not the first concern as claimed in mission statement.

    Advice to Management

    If you ever open another manufacturing sight spend the money to make it right and set it up for success. If you invest in Ireland the way you invested in Smithfield, RI then you are doomed across the pond.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "High Tension"

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    Current Employee - Diagnostic Manager in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Diagnostic Manager in New Haven, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great compensation benefits, mid-salaries, excellent expense details

    Cons

    Not possible to find a leader in LT expect the General Manager in the country

    Advice to Management

    Please try to focus on legal TAT more


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