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  1. "Depends on the department."

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Industry leader, great job and people

    Cons

    Just like any other big company, easy to get lost in the office...

  3. "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Senior Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Autonomy - pay was ok and comprible

    Cons

    Management and lack of leadership

    Advice to Management

    More work life balance


  4. "Excellent Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great science and people culture

    Cons

    headquartered in Ireland and needs more drivers

    Advice to Management

    great culture


  5. "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.


  6. "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.


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great people to work with

    Cons

    many of the sites closing

  8. "Beware of this company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Salary, bonuses, stock options, great health benefits, referral bonuses
    2. They set SMART goals for each employee and depending on who your boss is - will support those goals
    3. Promote education and training from within

    Cons

    The cons to this company are what brings the ratings down to dissatisfied.
    1. Micromanagement to the point of feeling constantly tortured
    2. Poor work/life balance
    3. Favoritism
    4. Gossiping that leads to irrational judgments and decisions by managers
    5. Constant layoffs
    6. Devaluing of stock that makes options worthless
    7. Good ol' boys club mentality

    Advice to Management

    It's probably too late because your limited pipeline and inability to know your people, hire good management, and treat employees with respect eventually impacted the company to the point they are near corporate death.


  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!


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