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Otsuka Reviews

Updated September 12, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great company to work and work life balance" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Healthy and friendly work environment" (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • "There is absolutely no chance to have a work-life balance" (in 8 reviews)

  • "Somehow disorganized, lack of coordination at senior management level" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Associate Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Pleasant work environment. Great interviewing experience- transparency is better than other companies. Effective training and onboarding

    Cons

    More "formal" work environment-less laid-back than other companies.


  2. "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.

  3. "Physician"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company to work and work life balance.

    Cons

    nothing specific related to cross functional work


  4. "people focused"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Otsuka full-time

    Pros

    Very collaborative environment.
    Active HR involvement to help grow and develop your career
    Excellent benefits - 10% 401(k) match, 4+ week of PTO to start
    Flexible work schedule
    Freedom to create - very little micro-management

    Cons

    priorities change on a dime
    early mornings/late evenings in teleconferences with global divisions (esp. Japan)
    understaffed, stressful at times when workload peaks


  5. "Associate Director"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Colleagues
    Opportunity to mentor, lead without authority
    Good branded products in important therapeutic categories

    Cons

    Senior Leadership transition
    Culture has changed
    Company currently in a net sales trough and working it's way out

    Advice to Management

    Communicate Vision, Mission, Strategy regularly
    Provide inspired leadership as it is currently lacking


  6. "Senior Director"

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

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

    Pros

    Great company culture. Innovative & creative. Compelling company mission. Competitive salary and bonus. Diverse organization that values different ideas and opinions. Data and insights driven.

    Cons

    No long-term incentive plan, such as restricted stocks or stock options. Lack some key structure and process SOPs that would help the organization function more smoothly.

    Advice to Management

    Grow people resources effectively to support the growth of the company and the increase in work.


  7. "Very Mixed Bag"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very skilled and professional workforce of pharma veterans, excellent IT, decent (but not industry-leading) salaries and benefits.

    Cons

    Move to open floor plan - terrible idea, noisy, distracting and zero privacy. Heavy-handed and random interference by mother ship in Japan. Lack of any medium term or long term business strategy other than continuing to beat the dead horse product pipeline.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the mass cubicle farms. Stop trying to make the US company into Tokyo West. Invest in quality R&D instead of overpaying for mediocre acquisitions with underwhelming products to try to shore up the pipeline.

  8. "Wonderful peers, toxic leadership culture."

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Talented people with adequate budgets free to do quality work. Until new leaders are dropped into place and they clean house unnecessarily.

    Cons

    Leadership (VPs and above) are embroiled in a reality show game of power grabbing and empire building that is totally nonproductive. It creates a toxic environment that is exacerbated by HR’s top leader.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the work and the results, not the political games.


  9. "Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Leader in creating health solutions in rare diseases
    Fast paced
    Great culture
    Process oriented
    Your opinion matters

    Cons

    The company is unable to retain good resources

    Advice to Management

    It is a current need for the management to take efforts to retain good/hard working resources


  10. "sales"

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

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

    Pros

    none at this point i would not recommend this company

    Cons

    company does not care about its employees.


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