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Alkermes Reviews

Updated February 6, 2017
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  • There is room for growth but it almost seems like there is a high turnover rate (in 3 reviews)

  • Still making transition from R&D organization to commercial one (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Questionable management maturity in a small shop"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent holiday parties. Small pharma mentality.

    Cons

    People who are offensive or abusive should not be tolerated in any way. Alkermes rewards bad management behavior, does nothing to rid itself of the people who are self-serving and dictatorial, and promotes an uncaring disrespectful atmosphere toward its employees.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the lowest levels of the organization. They often go unheard, and fear management retaliation.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Small company, many growing pains"

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

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

    Pros

    Manufacturing business, patient focus on new product development

    Cons

    Wavering commitments from senior management

    Advice to Management

    It may be helpful to execute on a 5-year plan


  3. "Change required"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Athlone, KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Athlone, KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People at the front line and top tier management are inspiring

    Cons

    Massive change required in certain departments in relation to management personnel and structure certain department has same management personnel for 20 years

    Advice to Management

    Total revamp in a department necessary to continue growth and be more efficient in how department is run which is required for future success


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Decent place to start your career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alkermes full-time

    Pros

    - Decent pay & good benefits package
    - Location was great; at the center of the biotech scene in MA
    - Hired a lot of young people, which made the workplace fun and exciting even though the work wasn't

    Cons

    - Too clicky and senior managers seemed to play favorites
    - A lot of politics
    - Wish I learned more of the science behind things; live and die by SOP's
    - Silo'd at times; tough to do things outside-the-box (unless you were one of the favorites)


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Engineer I"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, OH
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very clean Pharma facility. Aggressive CAPX budgets, always a plus for project engineers. Quality driven.

    Cons

    Too much inter-office dating at every level in the company. It made for a really weird working environment. The corporate office was also out of touch with the needs and operations of the manufacturing plants.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Alkermes"

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

    Pros

    Good compensation, 401k matching is very generous.

    Cons

    If you're in, you're in. If you are out, your are out. Just like High School.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Staffing not keeping up with growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, great pipeline, flexible hours/WFH

    Cons

    no focus on personal growth, no onboarding, not enough headcount to account for recent growth resulting in untenable timelines

    Advice to Management

    Consider acquiring a small company so that we have the staff to complete all the work!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "I worked at Alkermes for 7 years and had a very positive experience."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As far as corporate offices go, it's a good balance of working hard and playing hard. People are generally cordial and down-to-earth, although due to the merger with EDT, expansion is causing the social atmosphere to stiffen.

    Cons

    It is located off of Rt 95 smack in between 90 (the Mass Pike) and Route 2 - it's the intersection of some of the worst traffic in Massachusetts. There is no room to grow as an employee...in my 7 years there, none of my contemporaries developed into a larger role. You cannot become a manager or director here unless you already are one from prior experience.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees the ability to grow. It is near impossible to grow out of a low level role here.


  10. "Sales Operations"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good bennies, huge potential for future growth. Company up and coming.

    Cons

    Boom or bust type of company. Lacks great leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Need to find leaders who know how to lead better.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Okay Place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits,
    Okay pay
    Some brilliant scientist
    Great location (out of the city)

    Cons

    High turn over rate. Average stay 2 Years
    Too much politics
    Some people are way too aggressive



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