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Shire Reviews

Updated January 5, 2019
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Shire CEO Flemming Ornskov, MD
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Pros
  • "Best work life balance that I've ever had" (in 60 reviews)

  • "Flexibility good benefits good 401k" (in 84 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long late working hours- work life balance" (in 40 reviews)

  • "Shire changed radically with the move to Boston and the acquisition of Baxalta" (in 23 reviews)

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  1. "Shire"

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    Current Employee - TBM in Charleston, WV
    Current Employee - TBM in Charleston, WV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay good place to be

    Cons

    None yet to new to position

    Advice to Management

    None yet better on boarding structure


  2. "About the company"

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

    I have been working at Shire full-time

    Pros

    Good overall learning opportunities and company benefits

    Cons

    Slow in implementing processes internally

  3. "Plasma Center Tech"

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    Current Employee - Plasma Center Technician
    Current Employee - Plasma Center Technician
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Meeting new people, proving a life saving service, and the BENEFITS

    Cons

    Work/life balance, pay is not competitive, over time is not offered, management lacks a lot, pay does not match work load, understaffed, and a lot of high school attitudes and behavior

    Advice to Management

    Hold people accountable and listen


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Senior Chemist"

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    Former Employee - Chemsit in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Chemsit in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Salary was okay.

    Cons

    Very unorganized. No training system in place. Politics and favoritism were big time. Some people were nice and friendly but some were there to report people. Management was also a mix. Half were good and caring, the others didn’t know what they were doing and chose to listen to their favorite employees to make any decision. Backstabbers were encouraged for they got rewarded so much. So much frustration among employees. And just believe that sexual harassment and power abuse do exist there. HR could not do much.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities to develop your career and excellent benefits. Shire is an excellent patients centric company and everything is awesome, everything is cool when you're part of a team, everything is awesome when we're living our dream.

    Cons

    Some uncertainty with the company changing from Baxter Bioscience Division to Baxalta to Shire in less than 3 years.

    Advice to Management

    Keep smiling, keep shining, knowing you can always count on me, for sure, that's what friends are for.


  6. "Good Company good culture"

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    Former Employee - Tech Ops in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Tech Ops in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Shire full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    good pay benefits and culture

    Cons

    very busy but I like that

    Advice to Management

    Listen to workers


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good pay and great benefits"

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits were great and the pay was good too.

    Cons

    Poor management - wish we were able to review them like they review their staff.

  8. "Financially-driven management"

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    Former Employee - Director in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Director in Lexington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting product mix, e.g. in rare diseases

    Cons

    constant re-organization leads to chaos and lack of follow-through on development programs

    Advice to Management

    Takeda will likely take a longer view


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Shire"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I like the work I do

    Cons

    The culture here is very stressful


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Stay away from this company"

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    Former Employee - Executive Sales Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Executive Sales Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good I guess

    Cons

    Management is poor and completely enept. They will tell you everything is great, everything is fine but the ship is sinking faster than the titanic. NOBODY is making bonus, management won't tell the field how many people are making goal. Goals are completely off base and forecasts are ridiculous nobody can achieve them. Managed care is less than and they are relying on a third party vendor to make it all right. Management especially in the Midwest is terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Get with it, stop lying to the field. Stop passing the buck and give us real leadership. STOP BEING BULLIES