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Shire Reviews

Updated November 9, 2018
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  • "Long late working hours- work life balance" (in 39 reviews)

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

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (9)

    "Associate Director"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Lexington, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Lexington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture benefits and salary

    Cons

    No cons at the company

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Head"

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

    I have been working at Shire full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Big company, multiple sites across network

    Cons

    not much for a con, fast pace as other pharma

    Advice to Management

    communication

  3. "Good Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Aaccountant in Exton, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Aaccountant in Exton, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn and grow

    Cons

    Long late working hours- work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Allow more flexibility and offer comp time


  4. "Senior Plasma Technician"

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    Current Employee - Senior Plasma Center Technician in Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Plasma Center Technician in Greensboro, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible
    Nice environment
    Great Co-workers

    Cons

    Management is not too good

    Advice to Management

    Employees are also human. They have a personal life as well. Just because they don’t request off doesn’t mean they doesn’t want time off.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Working at Shire"

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

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

    Pros

    Collegial , respectful atmosphere where you can speak freely at team meetings

    Cons

    Even if you go beyond your position responsibilities to get the "job done"there is no recognition , team leads inexperienced with no real people management experience indulging in yesmanship , huge turnover especially with past and upcoming mergers,

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and retain real talent, refrain from expanding only top heavy positions, hire people who will do the actual work....most important stop indulging in favoritism


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great mission executed by strong managers, but lackluster leadership"

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

    I have been working at Shire full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lexington location is well maintained and pleasant. Salary is good.

    Cons

    Benefits are below average. "Managing" is considered equivalent to "leading" by most of the mid- and upper level managers.
    Global structure is a complete mess and none of the teams take responsibility for their functions - everyone pushes metrics and leverages that as an excuse to not do their job. Doesn't help that literally every team is under-staffed.
    Top-level compensation went up as employee benefits were cut: out-of-touch management. And management actively discourages criticism, so bad ideas get rolled out ALL the time.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to input and feedback from employees and treat them as a valuable resource instead of disposable.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Shire Unknown identity"

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

    I have been working at Shire full-time

    Pros

    Great Health Benefits
    Decent pay

    Cons

    Baxter, Baxalta, Shire now maybe Takeda?
    Changing multiple ownership can create an unknown identity.
    Internal transfers readily available yet hard to achieve.
    Management sometimes not aware of employee needs/wants

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees & your employees will take care of you.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Formerly known as a good company to work for."

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits package, learning opportunities

    Cons

    Too many mergers - constantly restructuring, creating instability and disjointed "teams".

    Advice to Management

    Don't allow the career instability create in you a self-serving agenda. The only way that job is worth the salary is if people work together rather than against.


  9. "Biolife"

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

    I worked at Shire full-time

    Pros

    Great co workers and the Center Supervisor and Upper Mgmt. Were AWESOME

    Cons

    Frequently have to stay beyond scheduled shift


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Long hours, mediocre benefits"

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

    I have been working at Shire full-time

    Pros

    Great manager (at least my own)

    Cons

    Very lean operation. Lots of responsibilities on any particular operation. Too focused on a lean operation and not enough attention on other aspects of a quality lab (such as having high quality documentation, building up technical skills for analysts). Very aggressive during salary negotiation.


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