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Allergan Reviews

Updated February 13, 2019
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Pros
  • "Work-life balance, friendly environment, interesting projects" (in 61 reviews)

  • "Great benefits, lots of growth opportunity, great coworkers overall great environment" (in 69 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance hard to maintain" (in 48 reviews)

  • "Too many meetings, no communication from top down, processes are not clear, upper management completely removed from day to day" (in 45 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (15)

    "A growth oriented company with good advancement potential"

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    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Allergan full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation, comfortable office environment, flexible scheduling and optional remote working in some situations, excellent benefits and vacation packages. Overall, the best place I have ever worked.

    Cons

    Changing demands of the pharmaceutical market can make some departments and positions more volatile as outsourcing becomes more cost effective.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain a strong connection between U.S. East and West Coast operations.


  2. "Customer facing, technical product support"

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    Current Employee - Capital Technical Support Specialist in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Capital Technical Support Specialist in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Allergan full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits, great coworkers, facility amenities

    Cons

    High cost of living in the area

    Advice to Management

    So far so good

  3. "Bold & Fast Paced Culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very collegial, great teamwork. Place where you can make an impact.

    Cons

    With all of the integrations, there is a need for some better processes.


  4. "Agile, Fast Moving Company That Develops Colleagues"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employees are encouraged to own their careers and significant development opportunities are offered.
    Company has been meeting - or exceeding - targets every quarter, and R&D outlook is strong and exciting.
    Very low bureaucracy, everyone is focused on doing the right things and executing on our goals through collaboration (no politics).

    Cons

    Being an agile company means that there are lots of projects in which to be involved, which can also mean longer hours. But I see this as a benefit of working at Allergan given growth opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Continue our focus on bringing in the best partnerships in the industry to supplement our pipeline and growth strategy. Having the open lines of communication has been fantastic - at townhall meetings, with the survey and accessibility to leaders.


  5. "Progressive company, industry leader!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Allergan full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Social contract: Allergan takes the social contract very seriously and puts patients first. Very different reality from the stigma of large pharma companies
    - The people: some of the best people I've had the opportunity to work with! Overall, so friendly, helpful, and interested in helping each other succeed.
    - Autonomy: The ability to make changes, act fast, and deliver results. There is not a whole bunch of red tape to inhibit positive change.
    - Technology: So many tools and resources to make your job easier, connectivity globally possible, and allow many different time zones to collaborate effectively and easily.
    - Career growth: So much potential and focus on movement within Allergan. Allergan does an amazing job at fostering development and creating plans to move you to where you want to be!

    Cons

    My experience so far has been great. I don't have any negatives apart from some of the constraints of being a non-HQ office which you will experience no matter where you go.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the focus on the patients and your internal colleagues and the potential to continue as an industry and employment leader is endless.


  6. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior QA Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior QA Specialist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Allergan full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are very good. Stock options; paid time off; retirement plan.

    Cons

    Stressful at times. Quick deadlines.


  7. "Good Experience"

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    Former Employee - Primary Care Sales Representative in Roanoke, VA
    Former Employee - Primary Care Sales Representative in Roanoke, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Seems like a great group of people. The companys culture is very fitting for the industry.

    Cons

    I cant believe a decade has went by and I’m still punished for a mistake I made.

    Advice to Management

    Go over your qualifications prior to interview process like say if youve ever gotten a DUI in your life dont apply.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great Intro to Pharma"

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    Current Employee - Primary Care Sales Representative in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Primary Care Sales Representative in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Will hire with no prior experience in Pharma
    Possibilities for advancement within the company
    Like to promote from within
    Not a hard job
    Multiple Reps selling the same drug
    Territory size is very reasonable comparable to other companies
    Great training
    Unlimited PTO

    Cons

    Probably the lowest paying Pharma job out there right now
    Low base
    Low Bonus
    Have to sell 3 different drugs
    Responsible for specialty and PC offices
    Analytics of the data is terrible
    Management has become very metric driven in review of your business as opposed to just looking at your attainment numbers and percent goal to plan
    Management lacks faith in Reps abilities because many come from no pharma background
    Has been 2 major lay offs in 3 years
    Has been 1 minor lay off in 3 years
    Has completely eliminated LTC and WH within the last 2 years
    CEO Brent Saunders is an idiot, company will do better with better leadership
    stock price dropped 65% in last 3 years though it is up to only -50% now ~$150

    Advice to Management

    Let the reps work together and figure out where the best opportunities lie instead of getting reports from some office that has no idea what the reality of the situation is in the territory. Often I have been directed to "open up" offices or health systems that are strictly "NO REP & NO SAMPLE." Why would I go running into a brick wall all day when I could be out growing my other accounts. Management lacks faith in Reps abilities because many come from non pharma background.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great Job, No Job Stability"

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    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, great products, great benefits, team environment

    Cons

    Lay-offs, slow promotion timeline


  10. "Lots of opportunity."

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    Current Employee - Executive Director in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Director in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Allergan full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pleasanton location and the Coolsculpting team.

    Cons

    It can be challenging working at a site and not at headquarters.