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Takeda Pharmaceuticals Boston Reviews

Updated September 17, 2017
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  • hard working team, lack of work-life-balance (in 30 reviews)

  • It is not just "no work life balance" culture but the treatment is inhuman (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Global Regulatory Affairs Intern"

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    Current Intern - Global Regulatory Affairs in Cambridge, MA
    Current Intern - Global Regulatory Affairs in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Takeda Pharmaceuticals as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Learned a lot, lots of intern events, many networking opportunities with executives and managers, really puts patients first

    Cons

    Nothing really comes to mind


  2. "Well-meaning, but poorly managed"

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    Current Contractor - Administrative in Cambridge, MA
    Current Contractor - Administrative in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Takeda Pharmaceuticals as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Many/most are trying hard to make a difference for patients.

    Cons

    Takeda suffers from well-meaning, but confused managers and from a lack of clear direction. There have been innumerable reorganizations in the last few years. The IT department is mostly outsourced to India, and is particularly bad. Takeda has decided to save money by hiring contractors for H.R., Admin., IT, and many other operational functions, which has led to an "us/them" mentality and keeps people from giving their best. There's an enormous amount of resentment.

    Advice to Management

    Contractors will never give their best to Companies that won't hire them. Some departments are 1/3 or more Contractors -- hire these people!

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Aspiring or expiring?"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very competitive pay and benefits. Vedolizumab is a great drug.

    Cons

    The assets were too expensive (5+ billion for Ariad? Really?) and the pipeline will be too little/too late to compete in the oncology I/O space with the big boys.

    Advice to Management

    Take the next logical step toward your external focus


  4. "Great place to work"

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    Current Contractor - Data Analyst, Networks Lead in Cambridge, MA
    Current Contractor - Data Analyst, Networks Lead in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Takeda Pharmaceuticals as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company is doing very well at the moment, and the people that work there are great to work with as well

    Cons

    If you start as a contractor it may be tough to work towards a full-time position at the company.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, mission, core values, and processes."

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    Former Contractor - Regulatory Affairs Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Former Contractor - Regulatory Affairs Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Takeda Pharmaceuticals as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Takeda is an established company with a solid internal infrastructure and generally talented and amazing employees.

    Cons

    Takeda unfortunately couldn't always keep great talent during the transition from Millennium to Takeda in 2013-2014.

    Advice to Management

    Retain valuable contractors as well as employees.


  6. "Lost and unstable"

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    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Operations Specialist in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Takeda Pharmaceuticals (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Salary is industry average. Bonuses are great-surprised company doesn't rein that in. Flexible work environment.

    Cons

    Can't innovate , only by buying other companies. Takeda seems desperate. Not a formula for sustainable growth. Past acquisitions have put the wrong leaders in positions that are hurting Takeda's ability to stay competitive. Limited opportunities made worse by shrinking organization.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to project image of pseudo hipster company and focus on discovering and developing something on your own. Unsettling work environment.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Market Access"

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    Current Employee - Global Outcome Research in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Global Outcome Research in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company is focused on generating good benefit packages for employees. There are some very nice people at the company and the medical colleagues are very nice and competent.

    Cons

    Difficult environment to be connected into and they have no function doing market access for current and future products. Predict the start of major financial issues for this company starting later this fall.

    Advice to Management

    Hire competent experienced people

  8. "Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Co"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked with great people
    Phenomenal culture
    Plenty of room for growth

    Cons

    Could get very bureaucratic but trying to change that


  9. "Sr. Administrative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexibility depending on which group you are in

    Cons

    Career opportunities are low. Overworked

    Advice to Management

    better communication


  10. "Best in Class Organization"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    culture is collaborative, innovative and transparent; diverse, inclusive and respectful work environment; strong compensation and benefits package

    Cons

    Ongoing change within the organization


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