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Elan Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated February 10, 2017
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  1. "admin life"

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    Former Employee - Administrative in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The offices in South San Francisco were beautiful and pleasant to work in. We had our own kitchen, cafe, coffee bar & gym.

    Parking structure rarely had an issue with finding a spot.

    They often had socials or events.

    The receptionist (whoever it was at that time) was always pleasant and friendly.

    The work / life balance was perfect for me.

    Cons

    It was often windy in the area but not too troublesome.

    I really don't have anything negative to say.


  2. "Amazing people and science"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Elan Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Brilliant people that really cared for about the science and patients. Elan was a place where you could learn so much and everyone was willing to help out. Crosstalk between departments meant that it was not too compartmentalized. Great work-life balance.

    Cons

    No transparency. People were blindsided by the layoffs and when the last one happened people felt under appreciated, mainly due to comments from senior management.


  3. "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good focus and direction on new technology

    Cons

    Needed to find that next drug

    Advice to Management

    Keep on going


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  5. "Great place to work, very good benefits. The people i worked with and my supervisors were treated me with respect."

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    Former Employee - Research Associate II in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate II in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    there is a possibility for growth. If you work hard eventually you will be promoted. You interact with a lot of people, even with the directors

    Cons

    Sometimes you have to work overtime.


  6. "Depends on the department."

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great People. Intereating technology for the most part.

    Cons

    Managers more interested in communication with their level. Decision making entirely top down.

    Advice to Management

    Delegate some decision making, less promotions for friendliness and more for ability.


  7. "Senior Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great science and people. Provided many opportunities to showcase my talents while learning much more.

    Cons

    Bad CEO! This guy should have been cut loose long ago.


  8. "Solid experience gained by working in their ISO certified IT Organization."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Elan Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Site amenities, open friendly culture.

    Cons

    Waterfall project mgt methodology as a de-facto standard makes solution delivery ineffecient.

    Advice to Management

    Agile methodology should be introduced and integrated to gain more velocity in solution delivery.


  9. "It was -- different -- while it lasted"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to take on new challenges. Lots to do and ready for people to ask to do it. Smart people who are highly motivated. Love, love the people. Best group I've ever worked with in many ways.

    Cons

    Pace of change, downsizing, restucturing can be relentless. And was, actually, as proven by the fact it's about to be sold.

    Advice to Management

    Stability please? Actually it's too late as the company is about to be sold. Sad....


  10. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Laid back environment. Good people in technical area

    Cons

    Poor management. Excessive spending on the company. CEO uses private jet on the company, cost 3-5 headcounts every time he uses the jet and $ 1 million a month to park/maintain the jet, executives stay in hotel that cost $1500 a night, etc....while the company is in billions of debt!
    Management has no interest in managing the company...just keep selling profitable part of the company and trim the company to polish the book and put the company for sale!

    Advice to Management

    Stop taking advantage of the company and start performing!


  11. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Buyer in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Buyer in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Such a wonderful experience working with this company. I miss working there so much

    Cons

    N/A No longer in business

    Advice to Management

    N/A Company is no longer


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