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Otsuka Reviews

Updated April 15, 2019
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Pros
  • "Work-Life balance changes based on supervisor" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Great benefits (very competitive 401k) and great people" (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • "There is absolutely no chance to have a work-life balance" (in 9 reviews)

  • "A lot of the senior management who made this a great place to work have left" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Great place to be"

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

    I have been working at Otsuka full-time

    Pros

    -Amazing work environment where creativity and collaboration are embraced;
    -Brilliant, hardworking coworkers;
    -Senior management is approachable;
    -Solid work-life balance
    -Jissho

    Cons

    My experience has been very positive.


  2. "Scope for a large impact"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - FP&A Manager in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - FP&A Manager in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Trail blazing opportunities
    - Strong Digital Health Initiatives
    - Thoughtful Senior Leaders

    Cons

    - Work/Life Balance
    - Extremely Cost Conscious
    - Could offer better compensation and benefits

  3. "Good pay, vacation and benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Vacation, Pay and benefits are good

    Cons

    need to fit in to the culture


  4. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in New Haven, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary+bonus is very competitive .
    401K 6% match

    Cons

    Constant movement of managers.
    New “platforms” that are “priority” every quarter


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Right for the right people"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diverse workgroup
    Most people care about patients
    Good benefits and 401k matching
    Open to creative and out of the box solutions
    They just went to casual attire every day

    Cons

    I rarely see management display actions that show they care about their employees - gives you the feeling that you are just a cog
    It has become very clicky
    There is a LOT of ambiguity, change and chaos
    The HR department has a reputation for being horrible, my experience supported that reputation
    I have seen a lot of unethical things take place with no repercussions

    Advice to Management

    Develop and enforce performance measurements for managers that encourage support and growth for their direct reports
    Focus more on ethics and compliance


  6. Helpful (5)

    "No future products..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall benefit package is decent (401k match is very good)
    Flexibility to work from home when needed

    Cons

    Under pay compared to other sized pharma
    Chaotic environment with tremendous turnover
    No pipeline what so ever
    Think they are big pharma but are bit players with small budget to play against major companies
    Marketing leadership is clueless about internal processes and challenges
    Mucho finger pointing when things don't get done

    Advice to Management

    There is a reason positions are not getting filled - Otsuka's reputation is horrible.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Quality Associate"

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

    I worked at Otsuka (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are some really wonderful people who work for the company.

    Cons

    Most managing tries to trick people into an interim position and will never promote or compensate you. Even is you get exceeds expectations for your year end review, HR is also involve with protecting a lower buget.

    Advice to Management

    The policy for employees to stay in a position for at least 1 year is not enforced for all and it does nothing but hold people back. Even after demonstrating the will to work beyond the job duties, there is no trust reward.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Lean"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Otsuka full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty good, especially company match to 401(k) which is vested in 5 years. Work-Life balance changes based on supervisor.

    Cons

    Japanese company has been run very lean on resources even before the loss of their Billion $ drug. Work-Life balance can be really difficult, unwritten expectation is for you to be connected via personal mobile device outside of office hours.

    Advice to Management

    Better planning and systems integration would go a long way for this organization - do it right the first time so the business spends less time putting out fires.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Unethical"

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

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

    Pros

    Not worth the salary they pay you. If you make too much they find bogus ways to get rid of you.

    Cons

    They do not care about employees or patients. It is a farce. Management stabs you in back. They do not follow their own stated values or mission. Do not go to work for them.


  10. "Director"

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    Current Employee - Director in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working at Otsuka you have the opportunity to learn and work on products and concepts that may expand beyond your primary role. Otsuka supports people internal mobility. You have the opportunity to wear many hats. You will never be bored

    Cons

    Because your role can expand over many activities your work load can be very heavy. Otsuka is a global company so your work hours can be expanded. Most people work well beyond 40 hours a week.

    Advice to Management

    Develop processes that promote a better quality of life