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Alkermes Reviews

Updated November 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits for the full time employees (in 10 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Wavering commitments from senior management (in 4 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed Feelings"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Alkermes full-time

    Pros

    Some good people with experience who want to do their job well. The company could be on the verge of huge growth.

    Cons

    Management is not accessible. There are no open door policies. Long timers do not actually have experience in their role and/or level. I've heard several people with the same experience: "We need your to help get us to the next level". However once in the role, status quo is the desired state. And if you don't agree, you are bullied into submission.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to those who have experience in the topic. Have an open door policy. Create a culture of collaboration; stop the bullying.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Physician"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Director in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alkermes (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and compensation.

    Cons

    Restrictive work environment that does not promote collaboration or sharing of information. Business only wants personnel who perform their work and who will not provide feedback into how the process may be improved.

    Advice to Management

    Consider allowing staff to seek mentors in cross functional teams. Break down the barriers within the different divisions in an effort to promote transparency and promote cross organizational collaboration.

  3. "Good company but horrible quality management at the plant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Benefits, non management people, Science

    Cons

    Management especially Quality at Wilmington, Politics, Clique, Directors at Wilmington

    Advice to Management

    Change all the Quality (QA/QC) directors at Wilmington, Hire new development scientists, provide career opportunities


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Questionable management maturity in a small shop"

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    • 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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Small company, many growing pains"

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    • 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


  6. "Change required"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Decent place to start your career"

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    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)

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Engineer I"

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    • 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.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Alkermes"

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    • 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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Staffing not keeping up with growth"

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    • 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!


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