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Arena Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated November 12, 2017
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  1. "Internship"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Arena Pharmaceuticals part-time

    Pros

    Great company direction
    Benefits
    Friendly employees and amazing community
    Organized management
    Advanced Technology

    Cons

    None, great company and experience.

    Advice to Management

    Of my experience at Arena I believe working with 3D fluorescence and tissue clearing methods should be looked into and may vastly improve the performance of the CNS Department.


  2. "Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Facilities
    Former Employee - Facilities
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good medical and dental benefits

    Cons

    Management created a system to benefits themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to care about the lower level employees

  3. "Fantastic Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arena Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Good Management, lots of perks, good working team environment, flexibility

    Cons

    There is a lot of work to be done


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dynamic, smart, energetic, collaborative team! I was not sure what to expect coming into a company with such a long history and so many changes, but so glad I did. The new team is delivering clinical results on the world class GPCR research that Arena was always known for. Happy to be part of it!

    Cons

    Traffic and location are tough.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

    Arena Pharmaceuticals Response

    Jul 21, 2017 – Vice President, Global Human Resources

    Thanks for your review and being a part of the team!


  5. Helpful (1)

    "It's a new Arena"

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    Current Employee - Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Even though it's not a start-up, it feels like one. It's dynamic, fast-pace, challenging yet rewarding. Some good progressive benefits, you can feel the energy - pretty exciting place to be right now! Great bunch to work with, too.

    Cons

    Because of all the change over the last year, there is much movement and work to get done - need more hands on deck.

    Arena Pharmaceuticals Response

    Jul 21, 2017 – Vice President, Global Human Resources

    Thank you for your review! We absolutely need more hands on deck so please refer friends and former colleagues!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Vice President"

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    Current Employee - Vice President Marketing in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President Marketing in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1) High Potential Pipeline; 2) Results Oriented Environment; 3) Talented and Growing Team of Professionals; 4) Talented and Experienced Leadership

    Cons

    Staffing needs to catch up with growing workload -- efforts underway to address

    Arena Pharmaceuticals Response

    Jul 19, 2017 – Vice President, Global Human Resources

    Thank you for your review! We are working to hire new team members as fast as possible without compromising on hiring the best candidates!


  7. "Lots of Change! Not the same Arena it was a year ago."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arena Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Great team of people dedicated to improving patient lives.
    Strong benefits and compensation offerings - especially given the fact it's a smaller company.
    If you want to learn and be involved in a lot of different aspects of drug development, it's a great company!
    Management team is very accessible - CEO knows everyone's name and is available to talk to anyone on the team.

    Cons

    Arena is a fast-paced, high-energy environment with a strong entrepreneurial mind-set so it may not be a good fit for those seeking a job that is highly-structured. It's not a 9-5 culture but there is flexibility with hours and understanding that people have families/lives outside of work.

    Arena Pharmaceuticals Response

    Jul 25, 2017 – Vice President, Global Human Resources

    Thank you for your review! There are a lot of exciting things happening at Arena and we are thrilled you are part of the team!

  8. "Sr Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and employee perks

    Cons

    Poor Management, and lack of leadership

    Advice to Management

    Better Communication

    Arena Pharmaceuticals Response

    Jul 25, 2017 – Vice President, Global Human Resources

    Thank you for your feedback! I am sorry to hear that your experience at Arena was negative. With most of the employees, including the Management team being new, we are actively working to create a... More


  9. "Arena"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Director in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Director in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Arena Pharmaceuticals (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    ... A Very friendly environment

    Cons

    .... No more discovery research


  10. "Poorly managed. It's over"

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was a great company once upon a time. Lots of potential. At it's peak, the future looked great.

    Cons

    Management was timid and ultra conservative. Can't run a pharma company like that. In the end, it can't be a surprise to anyone that the company was a failure.

    Advice to Management

    Too little too late. Hope someone sees some value in the very thin pipeline.


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