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Allergan Goleta Reviews

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Goleta, CA

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Pros
  • Work life balance can be challenging when the work ramps up but the segregation of duties is still beneficial (in 43 reviews)

  • Great work environment, my team was incredible and there are a lot of opportunities for growth professionally when you apply yourself (in 40 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can be challenging at times but often temporary when employees are coming and going through change (in 36 reviews)

  • To many changes during last 3 years with upper management (in 34 reviews)

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  1. "Quality technician"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Goleta, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Goleta, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Descent pay and benefits. The facility closed down as part of some merger money saving scheme. I was hired towards the end, so I can’t say I know too much about working there, but that is irrelevant now anyway.

    Cons

    Research Facility closed in Goleta.


  2. "Limited Growth for many, but good opportunities for some"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Goleta, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Goleta, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Despite what many say, you can have growth opportunities if you're seen as a valuable asset. Allergan does prefer to grow internally.
    -Large R&D budget
    -The company is very strong financially
    -Pay/benefits are good

    Cons

    -Currently going through a hostile takeover. If it goes through, don't bother looking at Allergan anymore.
    -Corporate culture is still old-school. Business casual attire, no gym subsidies, etc.
    -Silo'd organization. People are so silo'd they barely know what their neighbor is working on.

    Advice to Management

    Breakdown silos and create a cleaner organizational structure. HR needs to play a stronger role in creating a modern corporate culture.

  3. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Goleta, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Goleta, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, schedule and co-workers are great. You often work in an environment with intelligent, hard-working people who are dedicated to doing the right thing and challenge you to excel.

    Cons

    The work/life balance can be non-exisitant; promotions can be very hard to come by, and are often based not on the merit of your work or need, but only if there is a vacancy in that next position/title.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management can be very disconnected and unresponsive, I would like to see them become more involved.


  4. Helpful (8)

    "Stay away from Santa Barbara location- worst culture ever!"

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    Current Employee - Mid Level Manager in Goleta, CA
    Current Employee - Mid Level Manager in Goleta, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent monetary compensation for high demand positions.
    If you can leverage the Santa Barbara location into a position in Irvine it might be worthwhile.
    I have heard great things and met great and competent people who work out of the Irvine location. Irvine location has great perks as well.
    A few solid leaders but most have hit their ceiling at the Sr. Manager/Director level. Only one or two good people at the VP level.

    Cons

    Highly Incompetent Senior Management in Development (MT), Regulatory (BK/HL), Project Management (TC), and Quality (MZ/SG).....seriously, how did these people ever get to the role they are in? I mean, having a MD/PhD or being a VP at a startup does not automatically make you a superstar or give you the experience you need to run an organization. Too many relying on their credentials and not on actual leadership and action.
    Location makes it tough to move once you are there. Few other local opportunities.
    Benefits only "ok". All the perks are in the Irvine location. Nothing for the Santa Barbara location. The only employee event is a "holiday lunch" in December. Nothing else.
    Promotions only available during annual reviews regardless of performance and job duties.
    Tough to fill positions due to high cost of living location. Instead they hire incompetent or new grads instead.
    Corporate oversight for all decisions and spending. No budget for teambuilding or travel unless you are VP and above (and even then it needs to be approved at the corporate level)
    Culture of "someone else's problem" exists in all functions. No desire to step in to just get the job done.
    Lots of major issues have delayed decisions to avoid the difficult discussions with Irvine leadership.
    A hand full of people do 90% of the work. There ARE talented people here. They are just far and few between. Unfortunately very few of those are in leadership roles and those that are have been resigning at a rapid rate.
    Facility is poor. They are lacking offices for managers and there is nowhere to eat that is within walking distance. Food trucks used to be here regularly but now they are rare.
    There has been a "boys club" that has started to break up recently with a few departures. There was a layoff last year and some that should have lost there jobs but were friends with the VP of R&D were provided leadership roles in departments that they had no experience in. Call it the "PhD in Chemical Engineering from UCSB Club". Some of those people have left but others remain "protected".
    Too many people where this company in this location that have never worked anywhere else. This has led to a continued startup mentality and inability to change.

    Advice to Management

    Many senior leaders are hiding the real status of projects. These few are the reason for projects not completing on time. If the company culture doesn't change and the current leadership remains, it will be a continual revolving door for key positions.


  5. "This company wasn't what it used to be like."

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    Former Employee - Product Surveillance in Goleta, CA
    Former Employee - Product Surveillance in Goleta, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A quiet place to work.

    Cons

    Recent staff cut backs in some departments have lead to overworked and very irate employees. Current employee positions are almost never replaced.


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