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Alkermes Reviews

Updated April 20, 2019
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  • "Work life balance could be challenging" (in 6 reviews)

  • "The wrong people are being promoted or hired into senior management rolls due to rapid growth and crunched project timelines" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "A great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alkermes full-time

    Pros

    A lot of opportunities for growth

    Cons

    Located in Wilmington, Ohio (long commute if you do not live in Wilmington).


  2. "Fill Room Technician"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Production in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment and management. Great salary

    Cons

    I had to drive from columbus ohio and relocation was not a option at the time

    Advice to Management

    None

  3. "Great place to work. Very collaborative and fast paced."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Collaborative, opportunity to make an impact. Lots of talent all around. Experienced group. They pay well.

    Cons

    Busy. Hard to catch your breath something.


  4. "Solid Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Sales Operations Analyst in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Sales Operations Analyst in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay and benefits, eagerness to improve culture and employee satisfaction

    Cons

    Management communication, employee retention, location


  5. "Happy to come to work!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Trial Associate
    Current Employee - Clinical Trial Associate
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers and overall culture. The people that work here clearly care about the mission and we are all working towards the same goal. The management is involved and approachable. It is clear that the company cares about your growth and development.

    Cons

    The commute isn't the easiest. If you drive there could be a lot of traffic and if you take public transportation it isn't very convenient (pro - the company does provide you with a shuttle pass which is great)

    Alkermes Response

    Mar 25, 2019 – Vice President, Human Resources

    Hello,

    We greatly appreciate this review. It sounds like you’ve had a very fulfilling experience as an employee of Alkermes, and that is the exact type of atmosphere we are looking to cultivate... More


  6. "Gained a lot of experience but could never get promoted"

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Was able to learn a LOT! Lots of great people. Gym onsite.

    Cons

    So hard to be promoted even though you would work your butt off. Impossible timelines (similar to a CRO). Management would play favorites.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize your talent before they leave

    Alkermes Response

    Mar 25, 2019 – Vice President, Human Resources

    Hello,

    Thank you very much for taking the time to reflect on your experience at Alkermes.

    We are fortunate to have many highly capable people who take great pride in their contributions to our... More


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Great culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Manager in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There's a lot to like about Alkermes. The disease areas the company works in are some of the most challenging and devastating issues facing society (mental health and addiction). The team working here is very open and collaborative which makes for a great working environment. The company genuinely cares about its employees and provides lots of opportunities for professional growth.

    Cons

    As the company grows, it's gone through a lot of the normal growing pains other companies face. Certain areas of the company may be under-resourced, but there's a pretty strong hiring push.

    Advice to Management

    There's been a lot of change and re-structuring in the past year so continue to provide updates on what the future plans look like.

  8. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Territory Business Manager
    Current Employee - Territory Business Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Small growing company who listens to their employees and implements change

    Cons

    Unrealistic goal expectations and lots of pressure


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Patient-focused, growing company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many companies call themselves "patient-focused" - at Alkermes, they actually mean it. Employees are committed to doing the right thing and making a difference in patient lives.

    Compensation and benefits are competitive; plenty of opportunities for career development and access to resources.

    Cons

    Company is going through typical growing pains as new functions are established; initiatives needed to ensure we're not working in silos or working duplicatively

    Space - hiring faster than we can find space for new employees (new building in development!)

    Advice to Management

    Continue transparency and culture of caring - it makes a difference to employees and their work


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Overall a Positive Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay, time off, and benefits are all pretty good at all levels.

    The company does actually care about the patients that it is trying to help

    Cons

    No career development or resources to move up in the company.
    Higher turn over rate because of the above, other companies headhunt all the time for top talent.

    Advice to Management

    Present more opportunities to grow and develop from within. Lots of consultants doing jobs that could be brought in house and trained for more valuable employees.