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Astellas Europe Reviews

Updated December 4, 2018
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  • "Work/Life Balance is very flexible if you are not on Shift cycle" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Good working environment with a lot of colleagues I am still in touch with" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Good working environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Astellas Europe full-time

    Pros

    Friendly atomsphere to work in

    Cons

    Long hours can happen regularly


  2. "Horrible new structure in medical safety led by angry people full of themselves with no scientific added value"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Leiden (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Leiden (Netherlands)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    up to date processes, canteen, home working flexibility

    Cons

    individuals with zero experience and horrible behavior promoted as executives and senior directors, all they do is putting down anyone with a brain, never give an opinion on the scientific content only to blame others and make them look bad to have the honors. Some of them have very little experience and the only way they got the job is because they have been harassing and plotting against other colleagues that had more experience and left the company because of them. Not to mention that people at the Leyde site are on the verge of being fired since the site is slowly dying..

    Advice to Management

    Promote the right respectful people not your friends

  3. "review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    fair pay, work life balance

    Cons

    not promising portfolio, compliance challenges


  4. "Overall review"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Data Analyst in Madrid (Spain)
    Current Employee - Marketing Data Analyst in Madrid (Spain)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company with great professionals

    Cons

    The strategy uncertainty for the future

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  5. "Finance Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Leiden (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Leiden (Netherlands)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexibility. Good working environment. Challenging environment.

    Cons

    Reorganization. New opportunities. Systems.

    Advice to Management

    There should be more growth opportunities


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Lack of pay for progression in HR"

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    Current Employee - Undisclosed Human Resources in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Undisclosed Human Resources in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Family working environment
    - Excellent Canteen / Food, and Guest/Facilities services
    - Free external mail and parcel collection
    - Work from home option
    - Free courses to develop employees

    Cons

    - Too many associate contractors on daily rates being paid higher than Managers, Senior Managers and Associate Directors

    - too many contractors in role. As an example my last three managers have been contractors along with the entire team. The original team from the time of my arrival consisted of 0 Contractors and 6 employees.

    - Work from home policy needs to be concrete. Should only be available to specific contractors and not all contractors.
    - bonuses and salary increases for Manager related positions are abysmal. In 3 years I have only received a £3000 salary increase. Not good!

    Advice to Management

    Too many layers of middle management that are overgraded and on salaries they do not deserve. Management must reward the "workhorses" who have made a stellar contribution to the business. Astellas are now in a severe risk of losing potential "regretted leavers" like me to rival organisations that are willing to pay significantly more.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Not so great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As a full time employee the package is quite good and they have nice benefits

    Cons

    - lack of communication
    - slow decision making
    - lack of organization
    - no global or clear structure and objectives
    - lack of expertise in some areas

    Advice to Management

    - more harmonized working between regions
    - stronger oversight and true management of people
    - add more resources in key points
    - increase communication methods - in all levels

  8. Helpful (4)

    "A laughing stock"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Astellas Europe full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nothing of note at Astellas

    Cons

    - A company restructure that has being going on for an eternity and keeps getting delayed
    - Total disregard by senior leadership for employees in the countries and no courage to provide information - expect country managers to explain to employees that they will have to wait another 6 months to know whether they have a job or not. Can’t tell if it’s total incompetence or Machiavellian genius to streamline the organization.....
    - Senior Management totally ineffective yet have managed to organize jobs for themselves
    - Neverending Compliance issues
    -New policies and procedures create more barriers than support for the business
    - Weak pipeline
    - if you’re not in the “club” you’ve got no chance for development or promotion
    - Politics in HQ limiting change
    -no communication

    Advice to Management

    Pull your socks up and start acting like leaders


  9. "In need of repair"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    High salary for certain postions

    Cons

    isolated office location, need own transport

    Advice to Management

    Strip levels out


  10. Helpful (11)

    "Appalling Leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great intentions from the majority of people. Good working conditions, restaurant, coffee, cakes, parking etc. Shame this is the best that can be said about the company. HR and Finance trying to change company, but MC resisting heavily

    Cons

    MC is an out of control Kindergarten, with no one making them behave professionally. No direction, to much infighting. To busy fighting and trying to trip each other up (smiling faces with knives in your back). No control which cascades down and impacts those that are trying to make a difference. To heavy a reliance on external Consultants. Complete lack of development opportunities - real old boys network.
    Lots of nice publicity espousing change and flexibility - none of which is practised

    Advice to Management

    Change MC team to one that acts like a true leadership team, which is focussed on the companies future rather than individual petty gain