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Ironwood Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated September 1, 2018
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Peter M. Hecht, Ph.D.
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    fun for most people here

    Cons

    commute kinda sucks as Cambridge is tough


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Never heard no on a project request"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and culture. The company truly cares about its employees. The CEO hands you your first paycheck when you start and all of the executive leaders are approachable, regardless of your position.

    Cons

    Difficult to move quickly since it’s on the smaller side, not entirely a con but can become frustrating.

  3. "Small Company but friendly culture"

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

    I have been working at Ironwood Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    1) Flexible work arrangement
    2) Adhering to corporate values
    3) Friendly people

    Cons

    1) Big pharma approach to management
    2) Uncertainty around future due to company split into 2 separate companies


  4. "The work atmosphere was invigorating"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ironwood Pharmaceuticals part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    a pleasure to go to work

    Cons

    not enough hours, to keep the job

    Advice to Management

    smaller workforce, give 40hr weeks


  5. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Clinical Sales Specialist in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Clinical Sales Specialist in Memphis, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A great place to work

    Cons

    Although they are six years into commercial sales, they are still making rookie mistakes in the field

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the field more


  6. "Recommend"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ironwood Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Nice work environment; strong pipeline

    Cons

    relative small compared to other pharma


  7. Helpful (3)

    "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

  8. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Breath of Fresh Air"

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    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "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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