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Allergan Reviews

Updated August 25, 2017
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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 46 reviews)

  • In general good benefits for the employees (in 45 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 35 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Training Manager"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Allergan full-time

    Pros

    Good pipeline and benefits

    Cons

    Too many mergers and acquisitions, moving too fast

    Advice to Management

    Stop and think before making changes


  2. "Considering Leaving"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company Car, Bonus Potential, Excellent Manager (at the moment)

    Cons

    You can earn a decent bonus, but you will have to work very long hours to accomplish this. If you have even one dud member on your team, you won't likely make bonus because you will have to make double the calls while they sit at home earning a salary.
    Government takes nearly half of your bonus $.

    Advice to Management

    Reward top reps a couple of bonus days off each quarter to recoup after they've made you a ton of money.

  3. "Allergan review"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - FILLING TECH in Waco, TX
    Former Employee - FILLING TECH in Waco, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Allergan full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There was room for advancement.

    Cons

    Should really know who you are putting in charge. Some leads and managers were great, others were power hungry. If they didn't like you your life was a living hell. I was fired because I expressed joy when one of the meanest managers I had ever met from Puerto Rico announced she was leaving. It didn't matter that I was a really good filling tech. How can you be fired for being happy the devil was leaving.


  4. "Sales representative"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Allergan full-time

    Pros

    Great team atmosphere, good benefits

    Cons

    Very low pay, no room for advancement for years


  5. "Sales"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Medium sized company with promising products

    Cons

    Lots of turnover, Poor management


  6. "Contingent Employee"

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

    I have been working at Allergan full-time

    Pros

    Many projects in development and many opportunities to work on a variety of projects. Opportunities to work with many different teams in Irvine and New Jersey.

    Cons

    Middle management is micromanaged from above. Team management/development is lacking. Little attention given to employee development. Hiring has been Frozen.


  7. "If not Legacy Forest youd better brush up resume"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -easy job and good money when not being micromanaged

    Cons

    -micro managed and Legacy Forest have taken over and look out for their own

    Advice to Management

    no advice because they won't listen, you're encouraged to speak up but are chastised after doing so

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Senior neuroscience specialist Botox"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Not as many sales reps calling on one physician. Small sales force.

    Cons

    Good old boys club. No management turnover - same old decisions being made, no new ideas.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some people from outside the company in management roles especially director roles. Keep challenging directors to change roles within the organization - and improve your management development program. The idea of letting sales reps with no management experience take on roles to manage people is bad practice.


  9. "Would not recommend"

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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
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice campus
    Good cafeteria
    Easy to get supplies (e.g. New laptop request granted quickly)
    Large drug portfolio/pipeline

    Cons

    Disorganized since acquisition-- no one really knows what department is responsible for what tasks
    Gossip/catty work environment

    Advice to Management

    Get all the SOPs organized so that employees are able to work more efficiently, especially for priority studies


  10. "Not a Great Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Allergan as a contractor

    Pros

    I enjoyed the opportunity to work for a large pharmaceutical company and meeting nice people at the company.

    Cons

    I was hired as a contractor in the Clinical department with a 6 month contract. My first four days of work I had no computer and just sat there. Once I got my computer I did not have access to any systems so I just had to read SOPs that a fellow employee had printed out. As the company grows and acquires other companies there policies change creating confusion among the employees, so when you ask for help people just direct you to the help desk, which is no help at all. Every Wednesday I was to have a one on one meeting with my direct manager, she was never on time and often times would just not show up at all to our meeting. The company offers tutorials for employees to expand their knowledge of Microsoft office systems but of course not for contract employees. Towards the end of my contract I wanted to have a discussion with our director regarding my desire to be hired full time and was told by a manager that she had no desire to meet with me because I was a contractor. A month before my contract was to expire they told me they would extend my contract for a month and would go that way until they figured out if they wanted me to stay. I believe they treat contractors as disposable and take no time or effort to train them and help them grow in the company.

    Advice to Management

    Train your managers and upper management staff on how to train employees and on the new policies that are implemented so that they can efficiently those who work under them. If you do not plan on hiring contractors on full time make that clear and if you do you should really be training them so that when they are hired they know the ways of the company.


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