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Astellas Reviews

Updated July 9, 2017
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Yoshihiko Hatanaka
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Pros
  • Good benefits, good compensation, and good work-life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Good culture, good benefits, great work life balance (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance depends on the individual manager (in 4 reviews)

  • Rigid corporate structure that's being directed through the US and Japan (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Good company, good people"

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    Current Employee - Assistant General Counsel in Northbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant General Counsel in Northbrook, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good compensation, and good work-life balance. This company is very concerned about the community and advocates strongly for employees to do volunteer community service -- they give you an additional 5 days on top of vacation and personal days to dedicate to community service.

    Cons

    If you are in a global position, you will be required to work off-hours at times -- i.e., early morning or late evening calls.


  2. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Astellas full-time

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits, and senior leadership.

    Cons

    Less than qualified people being elevated to director roles has become a trend.

  3. "Anonymous"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Astellas (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits, especially that they are closed over the christmas holidays

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance. Average work week is in excess of 45 hours

    Advice to Management

    Need more employees


  4. "Great culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Director
    Current Employee - Assistant Director
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good culture, good benefits, great work life balance

    Cons

    Small company with little growth opportunities


  5. "It's ok"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Astellas full-time

    Pros

    I think it's ok to work here

    Cons

    Sometimes, it's not ok to work here

    Advice to Management

    Manage


  6. "Great company, Management in California needs a change"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in San Gabriel, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in San Gabriel, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great company culture and respect towards employees as a Corporation

    Cons

    Management in California has driven most sales reps to quit.

    Advice to Management

    Get some training


  7. "Stay away from Oncology department"

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

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

    Pros

    Overall, good company. Excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Bad experience with boss and co-workers in the Oncology division. Try another business unit.

    Advice to Management

    Executive management needs leadership training.

  8. "Senior Professional Sales Representative"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Albuquerque, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very forward thinking . Independent representative solutions to problems accepted . Management is focused on who, what, when, where and why approach such as in journalism . A Japanese leadership culture has been established in a Chicago based US headquarters . They can handle brutal Chicago winter weather .

    Cons

    Overly complicated computer based required tasks and reporting documentation on meaningless issues . Not supportive of representatives facing harsh managed care prescription restrictions for non generic drugs . Unreasonable sales goals and horrible, personally destructive performance plan approach to sales representative who is not meeting sales goals. Heavy handed management when ever sales goals are not met.

    Advice to Management

    Treat sales representatives with common decency . Reduce absurd computer report requirements . Create more sharing of ideas environment . Create more positive environment for success and award successful performance much more with bonus structure . Do not practice age discrimination .


  9. "Manufactruing"

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

    I have been working at Astellas (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good benefits, good work life balance

    Cons

    communication between employees and management is lacking. Not very much room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    give employees feedback.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "abnormal work environment and culture"

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

    Pros

    401k matching is better than average in the pharma industry

    Cons

    This company has an abnormal work environment, e.g. employees spied on each other. Management are clueless and incompetent and treats talents very badly. As a result, turnover rates are high. There is no professional growth within the company since the management is so insecure about their own positions and power. I would not recommend this company unless you are absolutely desperate for a job in the Chicago area.

    Advice to Management

    No advice since the company is hopeless. The management will not be able to understand any advice.


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