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Updated October 10, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits (very competitive 401k) and great people (in 9 reviews)

  • At Otsuka, there is a large emphasis on promoting and supporting a work/life balance (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is very, very bad (in 6 reviews)

  • Upper management decisions and opinions are not always transparent (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Full of growth and opportunity"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Promotional Program Specialist in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Promotional Program Specialist in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    At Otsuka, there is a large emphasis on promoting and supporting a work/life balance. We are encouraged to take time off when needed with a generous amount of time off per year. There are many opportunities for growth and cross-functional collaboration. All are encouraged to professionally develop through amazing tuition reimbursement program and attending conferences related to your role. If there is a desire to do something different, learn about something new and rise in the organization you will get the support to do it here.

    Cons

    There are many opportunities to collaborate cross departmentally, but you have to ensure you stay focused on your core responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the emphasis on culture and promoting from within!


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Otsuka full-time

    Pros

    great benefits and vacation time

    Cons

    company doesn't have a large pipeline for growth and has been downsizing

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Sales rep neuroscience"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Neueiscience Account Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Neueiscience Account Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good salary and flexibility

    Cons

    No ownership of issues with management
    Bad morale and no one appears to care

    Advice to Management

    Be fair about reviews or we will leave. Giving someone a bad score that is new to company instantly diminishes morale and they will look elsewhere
    It hurts the company to mistreat employees as production, cost of training .. all goes out the window
    Why not invest in your employees and boost morale? High morale equals higher sales.. period


  4. Helpful (4)

    "OAPI"

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

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

    Pros

    high salary, good benefits package, overall quality of colleagues were professionals and well seasoned employees who knew their stuff

    Cons

    poor pipeline and terrible culture. minimal career advancement. sales training department lacked in sophistication and execution.

    Advice to Management

    do not lay off people so abruptly without giving them some chance of salvaging their career. also do not force people into sales positions they do not want.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "A company in need of leadership"

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    Former Employee - Territory Manager
    Former Employee - Territory Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good products and great sales people

    Cons

    There is very little true leadership. Everyone does what they told to do from above. Very little input is taken from the field. They talk about how open they are but in reality they are not. They do not know how to launch a new product.

    Advice to Management

    Get some real leadership.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Commercial Lead"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Otsuka full-time

    Pros

    Team members were excellent to work with on the day to day

    Cons

    Leadership lacked experience and placed people in positions with minimal to no experience.

    Advice to Management

    Need experienced people at the management, leadership level.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Poor leadership"

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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

    Pros

    Very few to mention. Marketing materials were helpful

    Cons

    Poor senior management. Loss of brand Abilify exclusivity.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Medical Writer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Otsuka full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, especially employee discounts and 401k matching.
    Flexible work schedule, working hours, and WFH.
    Small size of company provides many opportunities to contribute to special initiatives that one may not get elsewhere.
    Good place to get experience as a new Medical Writer.

    Cons

    Hectic, noisy work environment makes it difficult to focus. You must be at the director level to have a cubicle.
    Poorly defined roles and responsibilities make it difficult to assign accountability and identify expertise.
    Most employees’ workload leaves them spread too thin to do any one thing well or implement meaningful changes that would improve processes.
    Poor onboarding process frequently leaves employees to their own devices.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "They talk the talk but stumble when trying to walk the walk"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Office is pretty nice
    - Work/life balance is mostly good
    - There are a few dynamic leaders who are really making things happen. Get with one of them and you'll be fine - as long as they stay.

    Cons

    - Touts "innovation" but most (not all) parts of the organization are too conservative to actually do real innovation.
    - Parts of the organization are very "cliquey" and if you're not one of that senior leader's group of insiders you can pretty much forget getting very far.
    - Culture of company is bizarre and driven by Japanese HQ, less so since previous CEO passed away on a business trip at a young age but still rather bizarre. Head of HR personally told me it takes two years to really understand the company.
    - Pipeline of new products is suspect even though senior leadership constantly talks about how "robust" it is.
    - Company is struggling to regain its groove since Abilify patent expiration. Budgets have been slashed, first layoffs in company history in 2016. 2017 is expected to be the "trough" year before things move back into growth but that depends on the pipeline, mentioned above.
    - HR is pretty clueless and reactive for the most part.

    Advice to Management

    I hear new management is doing some of things needed to turn things around so my advice is "don't hold back."


  10. Helpful (8)

    "stressful work environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    there are really none to speak of. Salary is OK, benefits average. Lot's of vacation days, but don't expect to be able to actually use them.

    Cons

    Senior leadership has no vision, claim to be innovators, but are really following the pack.
    Work life balance is very, very bad.
    It is not how you perform it is who you kiss up to.
    HR department is a disaster.
    It seems just about everyone has a directory title, but no direct reports or department.
    IT department has been a mess since last CIO left the company.
    The company depends on contractors and in some cases they get better treatment and opportunities then the direct hires.
    Very high turnover rate, causes heavy workload on those who are staying.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to listen and don't just talk the talk. People are trying to speak out and let you know how bad it is, but you refuse to listen. You are all great at putting buzz words out there, but they have no meaning or actions behind. You want to be an innovator, start by looking at your own in-house talent before they all leave. Every answer should not from a high priced consultant.


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