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  1. "Wrong People, Wrong Emphasis for Success in the Pharmaceutical Development Business""

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    For the moment, Auxilium Pharmaceuticals is still a small company in terms of interaction with managment, level of personal responsibility , empowerment and challenge in the job and (to a more limited extent), flexibility in working practices. The level of kindness and respectful behavior is unprecedentedly high in my work experience. Daily free lunch and company-sponsored fitness center membership (occasionally at odds with each other :o)!) are nice perquisites.

    Cons

    The emphasis on getting things done not just quickly, but in a ridiculously expedited fashion leads to mistakes, frequently serious, and an overall lack of quality in the end products. This has resulted in part from too much investment in Project Management and Sales (at the expense of investment in projects to manage and sell!), in part from "holdover nepotism" on the part of the company's founder, which placed inexperienced and/or unqualified people in key management roles, and in part from woeful ignorance on the part of past and present management regarding the whole process of drug development.

    Advice to Management

    Success in this business these days requires a vision beyond the present development candidate. Adding indications, regardless of market size, will not support growth; patents DO expire eventually! Slow down and do things right from the beginning.


  2. "Some of the low level managers have no idea what they are doing."

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    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Auxilium Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits as well as some great products.

    Cons

    The company hired sales managers from outside without giving opportunities to good tenured reps. This is one particular scenario where the managers need to have first hand experience with one of the products as a rep in the field before they can effectively manage their reps. There are a few good ones, but there are also a few of the worst managers I have ever seen in my career.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within for sales managers.

  3. "Senior Medical sales specialist"

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    Former Employee - Senior Medical Sales Specialist in Lebanon, OH
    Former Employee - Senior Medical Sales Specialist in Lebanon, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Auxilium Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Was a good company before Adrian Adams

    Cons

    No longer in business because of Adrian Adams


  4. "Not a culture of meritocracy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Experience in small biotech environment

    Cons

    People not held accountable for their actions

    Advice to Management

    Develop a culture of meritocracy and stop nepotism


  5. "Great corporate culture until AA came onto the scene"

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    Former Employee - Medical Sales Consultant in Chesterbrook, PA
    Former Employee - Medical Sales Consultant in Chesterbrook, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Auxilium Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    None anymore....being sold to Endo

    Cons

    There is no vision moving forward


  6. "upper management??"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The company has its pros. Good job. Safe work environment. People that work there are nice. The cubical area is a close family like environment.

    Cons

    Not too sure of the plans of upper management. Management in general makes questionable decisions on important matters releasing products.


  7. "Worked in a technical position at Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, at the Horsham manufacturing site."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Auxilium Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Small company atmosphere, with great benefits. Most managers are very understanding of the need to maintain a work-life balance, making this a great place to work if you have a family. The time off policy is very generous; 15 vacation days, 3 personal days, sick time and paid holidays.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for advancement. Employees are expected to perform at the job levels above them for several years before receiving the associated title and salary. Salaries are slightly lower than comparable positions at other companies.

    Advice to Management

    "Pay for Performance" corporate objective should be applied to all positions throughout the company, and across sites. While the Values at Work awards and gift cards are nice, an actual raise for outstanding performance would be much more motivating and increase retention of talent.

  8. "Just to Pay the Bills"

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

    Pros

    They've made a great effort in acquiring products to sell in the past 2 years. Auxilium has a stronger Urology portfolio.

    Cons

    Connections, friendships and internal favors have more weight than ethics, experience and doing right. Want to play against big pharma with a small pharma mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in people, look to learn more about their capabilities and what they can offer to the organization. Identify leadership at different levels that don't contribute and affect morale and performance of the employees. Train those managers or replace them.


  9. "Unorganized"

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

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are hardworking and pleasant

    Cons

    Not enough vacation time compared to other Pharma companies.
    HR is not effective


  10. "sales rep"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Small company, own territory results. Competitive salary and great benefits.

    Cons

    poor products, focused on shareholders


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