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Ironwood Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated July 21, 2017
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Peter M. Hecht, Ph.D.
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  1. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ironwood Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Company is mature enough to have robust systems in place but still entrepreneurial allowing you to have the ability to make direct and (somewhat) immediate impact on the business if you want it. Rarely do I encounter someone with a big ego, on the whole, people all chip in to get the job done. Company culture is strong and people walk and talk the values every day.

    Cons

    Sometimes reaching a consensus in group decision making processes is not as crisp as it should be. There is at times some confusion over who owns the final decision which just draws out the overall decision making process.

    Advice to Management

    Benefits offerings could definitely be improved. In order to stay competitive with the industry and other companies in Cambridge, a company-wide policy on flexible work arrangements (i.e. work from home days) should be implemented. This is being done by individual department/managers but in order for it to become normalized, I think a formal policy is worth it.


  2. "Good opportunity but poor management/politics"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are tremendous. Very hard-working and fast paced. Made it a friendly environment to work in. Decent benefits but expensive parking rate

    Cons

    Managers are severely undertrained with a lot of managers never even having a direct report. Work load is 60+ hours regularly. Expectations are multiple roles and it's not rewarded. Be mindful of the politics sparking up and getting worse with managers not performing well for their people and some not having a clue as how to manage effectively

    Advice to Management

    Build your managers before more good people leave and watch for some of the people who seem kind but are really intimidated by others success

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    "It's Ok for a while"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Founders are trying to keep things positive and upbeat. Those who drive and believe in the science are good collaborators. Majority of employees are smart, driven and hard working. Occasionally there is "fun".

    Cons

    The stock is doing nothing. People won't make decisions without gathering opinions from multiple areas and levels, even if those weighing in have no expertise or anything to add. There's an unbalanced number of directors to those who "do the work" for a company this far along in maturity. Employees are told they are empowered but in reality they are not. Many areas are understaffed and/or underbudgeted. Advancement noticibly depends on stepping on others more than contributions (political). Toxic leaders who set a horrible example go unchecked again and again. Benefits package is nothing special.

    Advice to Management

    Reward people who are contributing with opportunities for growth. Encourage leaders to give credit where it's due. Enough lip service about decision making - empower people and then get out of the way. Look into senior leaders with consistently high turnover. Address toxic leaders - it's not a mystery which ones they are or why people are leaving. Improve the benefits - they are not competitive for Cambridge.


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    "Breath of Fresh Air"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ironwood Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    The culture is great, while it has changed significant from what it was before, it is still head and shoulders above many other companies.
    The environment encourages high performance without the unnecessary stress.
    The professional development potential is fantastic with opportunities daily to learn more.

    Cons

    There is a lack of solid affordable lunch options, but that may just come with working in Kendall.
    Space is becoming limited as Ironwood continues to grow.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid of change because it is the only way to continue to be innovative.


  5. "Great place to work"

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

    I worked at Ironwood Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Was constantly learning and growing over my 7 years at the company. My group was very close and with the exception of several additions, the group barely changed. We worked really well and in-sync together, and had excellent relationships cross functionally. Everyone had a voice, not only in the group, but in the company as a whole, and management really paid attention to your strengths to help open up other opportunities for the employees beyond their degrees and skill set.

    Cons

    growing pains were tough. Went from a close group of 100-150 to several hundred rather quickly. Hanging on to the culture we'd developed was tough


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    "It's never been busier and as rewarding"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ironwood Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Explosive growth in a number of programs and lots of opportunities to prove yourself. You get help when you need it, but if you can get things done on your own, this will be noticed and appreciated. Caliber of people, day-to-day flexibility, collaboration/ownership mentality, sense of meaning in what I do and transparency of sr management make any other company a hard sell.

    Cons

    There are always growing pains. When you nearly double your staff in 2 years, culture takes a hit. More coaching by managers, meaningful training and development of talent may help with retention.

    Advice to Management

    Engage fresh faces for townhall meetings and program updates. Old time favs cause fatigue


  7. "Fantastic Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ironwood Pharmaceuticals full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There is a sense that all employees are making a difference at the company. Corporate is very friendly and transparent with employees.

    Cons

    Ironwood has tried not to lose the feeling of a startup, which means people are often expected to juggle several roles and may not have the guidance they are used to.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to stress the importance of having all current and new employees feel ownership over the company. That is what drives it forward.

  8. "Clinical Sales Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Sales Specialist in Fort Wayne, IN
    Current Employee - Clinical Sales Specialist in Fort Wayne, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of autonomy. Great Culture. Great base salary. Lots of perks in regards to benefits. ESPP stock purchase plan is AMAZING!!

    Cons

    Bonus plan is average at best. Target bonus only $7500 per quarter which is non motivating. Vertical movement is difficult if wanting to get into management.

    Advice to Management

    Build an IC Comp Plan that is motivating and rewarding.


  9. "Self Fulfillment Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay great launch with first manager and management.

    Cons

    Bad manager last year

    Advice to Management

    Work with and coach reps. Have there back when numbers are great and give returns to stockholders. Not worry about how they sell in front of there boss.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "My experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I was a FTE at Ironwood for 5 years, when I first started, I loved the culture here. Your ideas and opinions were heard, it didn't matter what position you had.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the culture has changed, all the new hires coming in are all senior levels.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of the ones that are no senior level, they are the ones doing all the work anyways.


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