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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. Helpful (2)

    "Mechanical Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Designer in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Designer in Santa Barbara, CA

    I worked at Allergan (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Closed Santa Barbara location in 2015


  2. "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.

  3. "Lopsided Rewards"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - New Product Introduction in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - New Product Introduction in Santa Barbara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent pay for the work performed. Great facilities and benefits. Great people to have on your teams. Manufacturing in Costa Rica makes company travel a bit more exciting.

    Cons

    Bonuses are paid on poor metrics. Paid out on completion dates not if the product actually works. This sends the wrong message to the whole corporation. Lots of long term employees that resist changes.

    Advice to Management

    Change metrics for how employees are rewarded for not only keeping projects on task but that they actually work as intended


  4. "Allergan Reviewed"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Santa Barbara, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Allergan full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company to learn with, contribute and excel with . Many opportunities to increase personal knowledge and train in scheduled personal growth programs.

    Cons

    Challenging systems to navigate thru portals or access thru. It is up to each individual to navigate thru provided quality systems, SAP, or document change systems.

    Advice to Management

    Get more involved with your subordinate employees growth. Encourage and monitor personal growth to support career growth.


  5. "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.


  6. "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.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Director / Principal Biostatistician"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Bio Statistician in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Bio Statistician in Santa Barbara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can just make living.

    Cons

    High turn over especially in Santa Barbara.
    Croynism
    have resume updated all the time because CEO is prepared for restructuring anytime. It happened before
    and will happen.

    Advice to Management

    Have long term perspective when it comes to employees
    Stop being petty.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "This is like swirling around the toilet bowl."

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

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

    Pros

    Some of the people are fantastic. Some of the work is interesting.

    Cons

    If you look at how many positions are open at the director level and above, that should tell you everything. People are leaving like rats off a sinking ship
    This site likes to make decisions but can't execute. They just keep making more decisions.
    The Research group is poisonous, gossip-riddled and filled with lying, manipulative self-involved people who will sacrifice you in an instant if they think it will further their own career or hide their failures. The few good people left are buried or are on their way out.

    Advice to Management

    Pick something and DO IT. LEAD your people. GO FORWARD. Have a new idea. Execute a plan. Develop an actual organization.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Not recommend to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Multiple products knowledge for career growth

    Cons

    No cross functional team concept

    Advice to Management

    Work together on common goals


  10. "Product Support"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Santa Barbara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great managers, opportunity to participate in many projects. Hardworking co-workers. Nice environment.

    Cons

    Work life balance difficult. Hard to move up.

    Advice to Management

    Create more opportunities for staff to advance more rapidly.


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