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Kenji Yasukawa
3 Ratings
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  • "Pipeline isn’t looking too promising(in 6 reviews)

  • "If you are working as contractor then you are treated differently as compared to full-time employees(in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Astellas Pharma US full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits, and planned career paths.

    Cons

    There were no cons to working at Astellas.

    Advice to Management

    Keep mentoring your employees.

    Astellas Pharma US2019-05-02
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great mid size pharma company with outstanding culture"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Northbrook, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Astellas Pharma US full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Solid leadership who treat people well. Emphasis on collaboration and doing the right thing. High integrity organization with good work/life balance and flexibility.

    Cons

    Smaller organization size allows for less opportunities for changing roles to gain experience.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the positive culture. It makes coming to work a good experience every day.

    Astellas Pharma US2019-03-27
  3. Helpful (1)

    "3rd Tier Pharma Company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Northbrook, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Astellas Pharma US full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    1) very good benefits: healthcare , 401K , etc 2) Many nice people 3) Nice office

    Cons

    1) HR and Compliance Departments are power hungry 2) Incompetent “good ole boy” senior management 3). The constant lying + deceitful business practices 4) Many people in senior management are not too bright, ruthless, and incompetent. That makes for a bad work environment.

    Advice to Management

    It is not worth providing advice to management because they have proven to not listen.

    Astellas Pharma US2019-03-02
  4. "I had a wonderful experience. Great company to work for."

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    Former Employee - University Relations Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Astellas Pharma US full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Work/life balance is great. Solid leadership.

    Cons

    Not a lot of transparency with Vesicare going generic. They promised no layoffs yet displaced many reps. Not very honest.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with the salesforce and set expectations appropriately.

    Astellas Pharma US2019-02-13
  5. Helpful (4)

    "Worst company I have worked in"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Northbrook, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Astellas Pharma US full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    interesting products and potential

    Cons

    as others have said mangers are put in positions by political connections not content expertise. Layers of bureaucracy is interminable.

    Advice to Management

    Astellas needs to significantly change their business model . What they are doing now just drives away exceptional talent

    Astellas Pharma US2019-02-18
  6. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Astellas Pharma US full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Benefits are great very competitive salaries and propbably the highest of most comparable companies including bonuses. All around great place to work.

    Cons

    Work load is intense for many across the company. However, with the right manager one could take advantage of work-life balance policies

    Advice to Management

    Hire skilled workers and Balance the work instead of choosing the same people to work on high pressured critical projects.

    Astellas Pharma US2019-01-05
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Astellas US"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Astellas Pharma US full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    EMPLOYEES are included in decion processes, encouraged to speak up with opposing views without negative impacts. Professional conduct is always enforced regardless of who is at what level of management, EVERYONE is treated with so much dignity and respect!!!

    Cons

    Being a contractor at Astellas is very challenging. Contractors are not provided the same work environment, tools or sometimes even needed information (as employees) to do the same exact job.

    Advice to Management

    Change thinking on contractor policies to ensure the contractors you are paying to do jobs can be as successful at them as employees can be.

    Astellas Pharma US2019-01-12
  8. Helpful (9)

    "Easily the worst place I worked"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Astellas Pharma US full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits. Great Vacation policy. Senior Management is great ...

    Cons

    The Middle managers and the folks executing projects are misinformed, lack skill but have bloated egos. They seriously have no clue what they want and it is a real mess. My manager was super political and a big backstabbing chap. He and his counterpart were part of a clique of hillbillies who passed snide remarks about people and mocked juniors all the time... and nobody would blink an eyelid. It was terrible, non...

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    Advice to Management

    Where do I begin? Transparency to begin with. Please read the other reviews and it will make sense. Those who come into the company come in hoping it will be a great boost in their career. This was easily the Worst place I worked at and I have some great companies under my belt! And the middle managers have no clue what they are doing. . . At all . . My advice - weed out the old political folks who spew venom and...

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    Astellas Pharma US2019-01-10
  9. Helpful (5)

    "Lots to improve"

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    Current Employee - Director in Northbrook, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Astellas Pharma US full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Good salary and bonus structure; convenient location; nice office building

    Cons

    Change is terribly slow. Organizational structure (a regional, rather than functional structure) is not at all efficient due to duplication of across US, EU, Japan. Many departments work in silos. Senior management lacks courage to make the necessary changes to company into the future. Systems are not harmonized across the globe, and are ancient! Most business processes need to be improved. “Globalization” is a...

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    Advice to Management

    Planning for the future pipeline means hiring the right people now. The company culture needs to be improved globally! Change needs to happen or talented newer hires will leave.

    Astellas Pharma US2018-09-26
  10. Helpful (4)

    "Balance of good and bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Astellas Pharma US full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Salaries are on par with industry. Benefits are great if you plan on being there long term. By noon on Fridays, the place is empty. If you're only concerned with meeting expectations, it is an easy paycheck.

    Cons

    Promotions are largely demographic-based. Change is painfully slow. Functions within departments work in silos which drives poor communication and duplication of work. Little opportunity for professional growth.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees a means to know how to gain opportunities to move up. Be extremely transparent in company communication.

    Astellas Pharma US2018-08-05
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