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Astellas Pharma US Reviews

Updated September 25, 2018
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  • "Senior management lacks courage to make the necessary changes to company into the future" (in 4 reviews)

  • "Extremely poor management, myopic approach to business, highly political/backstabbing management style" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Data & Analytics Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Data & Analytics Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Data & Analytics Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxed working environment. Well paid.

    Cons

    Repetitive work, slow progression to higher levels in management.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Lots to improve"

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    Current Employee - Director in Northbrook, IL
    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 (More than a year)

    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 fallacy.

    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.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Balance of good and bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL
    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 (More than a year)

    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.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL

    I worked at Astellas Pharma US full-time

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits

    Cons

    Highly political (and not in a good way)
    Lots of backbiting behavior as management by fear is the norm

    Advice to Management

    Know that many employees stay only due to the salary and benefits


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Competitive culture, lack of advancement for many"

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    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Northbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Northbrook, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competative salary, and company winter shut down in addition to paid vacation days

    Cons

    Astellas' corporate culture is chaotic, with long hours. Additional hours resulting from internal politics rather than real work that contributes to helping patients. Advancement opportunities are not dependent on skills and contributions. There is no clear career path process, and mediocre performers are frequently rewarded and elevated vs. high performers. Corporate Japanese headquarters have stepped away from oversight of the American Operations the past few years, which makes it appear that they will shut down the US offices within 5 years or so. Current US top management do not hold managers accountable for processes and procedures, which allows for a bullying, competitive and inefficient work environment. Lack of allignment on departmental objectives results in many employees and departments working on the same projects in their own silos.

    Advice to Management

    Japanese headquarters take back control of US operations. Create US departmental objectives, and evaluate the mixed messages communicated both internally and externally via multiple channels.


  6. "research assistant"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Newark, NJ
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good research prospects and lot to learn

    Cons

    a lot of pressure to handle


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Hospital/Critical Care Sales"

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    Current Employee - Hospital/Critical Care Sales in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Hospital/Critical Care Sales in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Astellas Pharma US full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Patient Focus, life saving products, Customer Focus

    Cons

    No pipeline in the future.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a person with an exceptional work ethic and extensive clinical knowledge who also develops customer relationships with patient focus at the forefront.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Sr Manager"

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    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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Inconsistent"

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    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.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Good Company - Some Weak Managers"

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    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.