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Alkermes Reviews

Updated December 4, 2017
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Alkermes Chairman, President, and CEO Richard F. Pops
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Pros
  • Great benefits for the full time employees (in 11 reviews)

  • Very friendly, great work environment (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance is a challenge (in 4 reviews)

  • Wavering commitments from senior management (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "no career development/training, poor benefits and compensation"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    they practice good science -

    Cons

    No career development/training, poor benefits and compensation. Poor strategy by management (that recently made a mass exodus) left the company with not much of a future in their pipeline.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees, train Directors/ADs/senior scientists in basic management skills. Improve HR function in the organization- increase activities, training and career development programs at all levels of the organization, benefits, team building activities, etc.


  2. Helpful (10)

    "Smart people, bad behavior in some departments"

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart people and staff are excited about the impact they are making to patients.

    Cons

    Absolutely horrible behavior by some staff. HR does absolutely nothing to stop bullying behavior.

  3. "Process of acquisition landed me at Alkermes."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alkermes (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Remained at company at same level as entered.

    Cons

    Was not recognized for work on "old" products.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Male dominated management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Alkermes full-time

    Pros

    good pay, growing, appears to have opportunities

    Cons

    original company forced out 90% successful women through harassment and unequal pay. Surprised they got away with it this long.

    Advice to Management

    Get a good attorney.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Worse experience of my life"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alkermes full-time

    Pros

    I found that most people there were friendly and the culture was pretty good. The location was a bit difficult based on the time of day.

    Cons

    Middle management and below is horrible. They treat their people terribly. I have never been treated so poorly in my entire professional career.

    Advice to Management

    You need to train your managers on how to treat their employees. Your overseas managers are probably the worse in dealing with people.


  6. "Toxic workplace"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alkermes full-time

    Pros

    CEO has a clear vision and direction. Compensation is above the typical range.

    Cons

    Middle management has a lack of respect for employees and does not provide clear objectives or clear strategies to meet performance goals. Managers do not communicate well across functional areas and therefore, teams remain in silos instead of performing with collaboration and mutual respect.

    Advice to Management

    Critically evaluate middle management activities. Encourage respect across the organization and greater collaboration.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "soul extracting"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    compensation, benefits, options, bonus, investment. They will show you the money

    Cons

    But, like many such deals, there is a downside, you will pay

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good science but not a great place to work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting pipeline and technology. Employees are generally friendly and collaborative. Casual work environment.

    Cons

    Top-down communication is poor. You're either liked and promoted or dis-liked and included in the yearly layoff. Little spent on professional growth and training.

    Advice to Management

    Increase communication and exchange of information at all levels.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Consistent infighting and fingerpointing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    product line is in growth phase

    Cons

    Commercial team distracted by individual performance not corporate achievement


  10. Helpful (12)

    "Growing biotech; good potential, bad behavior"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alkermes (More than a year)

    Pros

    Alkermes is a small, but growing, biotech with a fair product pipeline. Compensation and benefits are good, flex time (department dependent) is great, co-workers are solid. Science is respected, and you will have plenty of opportunities to develop business agility during your time there.

    Cons

    Hang on for a foot stompin’ good time! Oh, wait, no; that’s just someone in the MI wing throwing a temper tantrum. For as much potential as Alkermes possesses, it’s unclear whether it will ever successfully actualize it, or whether internal politics will continue to undermine the company. Individuals who are abusive towards colleagues and staff should be exited from the organization, not retained or rewarded. Senior management, by way of their complacency, has cultivated an environment steeped in disrespect and the Peter Principle, which has caused many talented, collaborative individuals to take their skills elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Employees (at all levels) need career development pathways made available to them. That, and sensible, merit-driven promotions would aid substantially in talent retention. Consider the mid-level leaders who are representing you, and the message that their behavior sends – some directors/departments are a joy to work with, others act like schoolyard bullies and leave much to be desired. Pay attention to lower levels within your organization; they have the capacity to add a great deal, but often go unheard and fear management retaliation.


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