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Allergan Reviews

Updated December 6, 2018
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Allergan Chairman, President, and CEO Brenton L. Saunders
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Pros
  • "Work-life balance, friendly environment, interesting projects" (in 58 reviews)

  • "Great benefits, lots of growth opportunity, great coworkers overall great environment" (in 68 reviews)

Cons
  • "Regional Expectations are Exceedingly More Difficult for Work Life Balance" (in 47 reviews)

  • "None except the way the upper management handled the layoff of the entire Med derm division, be prepared for a buyout" (in 43 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (8)

    "A growth oriented company with good advancement potential"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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    • Senior Management
    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. Helpful (1)

    "Director of Operations"

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    Former Employee - Director of Operations in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Director of Operations in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Allergan (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Allergan has a great 401k retirement plan and overall benefits. The bonus is tied to your performance and can be higher than the 20% you may get on a yearly basis depending on how the company does.

    Cons

    Management has had a lot of turnover in the last 5 years. The senior management team is not cohesive and you get the feel of two different companies culture-wise.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more time on working with the subordinates with training and clear objectives.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Policies Need Revamp"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ideas eventually get implemented. Overtime is encouraged. Supervisors are encouraging. Good incentives for being on time.

    Cons

    No monetary reward for above and beyond work. Staff is continuously changing. Employees eventually turn bitter. The policies are way too strict. Career paths are unclear for the majority. Communication is lost between the business team, IT, and supervisors. The Austin location feels like the black sheep of the company, even though we are the ones communicating directly with the customers.

    Advice to Management

    Review the strict policies that are impacting the stress level of your employees. Provide valuable criticism to help develop your employees. Advocate for your employees, especially the ones that have shown loyalty through consistent troubles with staffing including a lay off. Find a healthy balance between performance and seniority when it comes to promoting new opportunities. Keep it real and quit making our environment feel so tense. Know that everyone feels this way whether they vocalize it to their supervisors or not.


  5. "Great Company and Clean Environment!!!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Former Production Packaging Supervisor in Waco, TX
    Former Employee - Former Production Packaging Supervisor in Waco, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Company!! Great Employees!! Great Place to Become a Professional To The Fullest!! Great Incentive and Salaried Pay. Allergan is home and family to me. This is the place where you really want work.

    Cons

    Nothing!! Just personally have an episode of Lay Off and Company Re-Sizing. For those that knows me A2 Shift number for 3 years with me they now we make it happens. Lol!!

    Advice to Management

    All MGR are well prepared and vast of knowledge professionals.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Support Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Support Specialist in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Support Specialist in Pleasanton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Concerned with employee health.
    Paid time off to volunteer to charitable organization.
    Good people while with Zeltiq prior to acquisition.

    Cons

    Managements poor handling of acquisition and lay offs of nearly everyone that built and grew Zeltiq to what it was.
    Expected to train replacements.
    Lack of honest communications from Management to prior Zeltiq employees.
    Refused to allow employees to work from home even though they have all the tools to do so.
    Poor work life balance due to expected over time and horrible commutes.
    Zero opportunity for growth within the position or in the company over all.
    To many acquisitions in a short period of time led to weird cultural environment.
    To much nepotism between management and subordinate favoritism.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the employees you are requesting to train their replacements with respect.
    Honesty goes a long way.
    Be more liberal about allowing employees to work from home.
    Work to create more opportunities for growth or advancement within the organization.
    Care more about the employees you acquire your acquisitions.
    Treat all employees equally.


  7. "I perform sterility testing on final products at the plant."

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    Current Employee - Sterility Lab Technician in Waco, TX
    Current Employee - Sterility Lab Technician in Waco, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers, fun environment, always busy.

    Cons

    Management has changed multiple times.

  8. "Principal Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Principal Scientist in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Scientist in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is opportunity for career growth

    Cons

    Sometime the support for project success may not be fort-coming

    Advice to Management

    Put more effort on discovery within


  9. "Quality Control Inspector"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Control Inspector in Branchburg, NJ
    Current Employee - Quality Control Inspector in Branchburg, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    No strict schedule, work at your own pace. Good benefits

    Cons

    Hard to be heard by management, lot of pettiness between employees. People complain a lot and get carried away with it


  10. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Operator in Dublin, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Operator in Dublin, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible start time for commuters. Alternative work schedule.

    Cons

    Individual developing program needs work

    Advice to Management

    Promote opportunities to advance