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Updated February 16, 2018
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Yoshihiko Hatanaka
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  • hard to say without being a full time employee (in 4 reviews)

  • The company as a whole is a great company moving in the right direction, however people point their fingers (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "One of the premier mid-size PHARMA companies to work for"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Regional Sales Manager in Small, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Regional Sales Manager in Small, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture is a huge emphasis at this company. Focus is on doing the right thing for patients. Innovation and collaboration are valued.

    Cons

    Common challenges to the pharma industry. Cost, access to products, access to accounts. These are not unique to this company. Relatively flat org chart means fewer promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on corp. culture and people development. It is a strength.


  2. "LATAM Senior Marketing Director"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Latin America Senior Marketing Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Latin America Senior Marketing Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Astellas Pharma US full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Astellas is a company with Objectives, and all the organization moves towards those goals.
    Excellent working environment and benefits.

    Cons

    Small presence in some world regions.

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate further opportunities in Emerging Markets.

  3. "Sr Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Astellas Pharma US full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, enough work, good work life balance and benefits

    Cons

    Too much red tape, very political and every thinks they are incharge

    Advice to Management

    People managers should the ones who are capable and intellegent, not because they are old or been with company too long


  4. "Inconsistent"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Northbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Northbrook, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The salary ranges are competitive.

    Cons

    The working hours are long and the environment has inconsistent leadership styles. Many departments are competing rather than collaborating.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Good Company - Some Weak Managers"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Payroll in Northbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Payroll in Northbrook, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Astellas Pharma US full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice environment, on-site cafeteria run by a chef. Excellent Benefits. Lots of room for promotion with the right mentor in management.

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations by some managers. Stay out of HR, data management area for a career with this company. Very weak manager that has difficulty retaining employees more than 6 months.

    Advice to Management

    Overhaul mid management in HR.


  6. "Professional Representative I"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Professional Representative I in Lakeland, FL
    Current Employee - Professional Representative I in Lakeland, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Astellas Pharma US full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance. Autonomy to manage my business as I see necessary. Tremendous support for growth and development.

    Cons

    As with all large companies, you must document everything you do to prove your worth and contributions to the company. Not really a con, a necessary component to progress.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be transparent.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Terrible company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Astellas Pharma US full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    None. Keeps useless incompetent personnel who are here more than 10 years and hires new incompetent personnel

    Cons

    abusive, incompetent, failed leadership from Director and above.

    Advice to Management

    Dear Japan, Keep people who work and not wrap presents. Keep people who have really worked rather than gossipers. Keep stable supportive people and fire incompetent assumption seekers. Reduce Northbrook personnel by 50% and get rid of the personnel who do not do real work but hide behind words. Some people are there only to throw words like grit and get a salary and bonus. Medical affairs is a lost cause.

  8. "Field sales"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co workers and team mates

    Cons

    Check the box management style

    Advice to Management

    Listen to field sales


  9. "Wonderful Career Opportunity"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Director in Northbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Human Resources Director in Northbrook, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Astellas Pharma US full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you are looking for a place where you can make a huge impact and learn by having a lot of different experiences and opportunities to stretch your knowledge and skills, then Astellas is the place to be.

    Excellent compensation and benefits plans and really, really smart people to work with.

    Cons

    Astellas moves fast, and in the home office you can't be shy about reaching out to develop your own networks. Being a Japanese based organization, the way in which things get done takes a lot of collaboration (which is good!), but you are expecting a top-down approach, this isn't it.

    Advice to Management

    Astellas is heading in a good direction, with challenges ahead. The best thing to be done is to ensure priorities are aligned across the functions and have greater collaboration amongst the LT members themselves.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Director"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Northbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Director in Northbrook, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Astellas Pharma US full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are nice, but a highly political environment in HR and leadership is not supportive. Whispers turn into rumors and assumptions become facts, ultimately derailing careers. Do not recommend this as a positive work environment. Dreaded going into work and everyone is afraid that their job could be eliminated. Run.

    Cons

    Pipeline is not strong, overspending is common for this small pharma company, decisions are made in Japan and can frustrate US employees, and the corporate politics make working here miserable.

    Advice to Management

    To Japan: US leaders are feared and not respected. It starts at the top.


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