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Takeda Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated September 17, 2018
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  • "work life balance could be improved" (in 31 reviews)

  • "It is not just "no work life balance" culture but the treatment is inhuman" (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (9)

    "Takeda Pharmacetuicals- Biologics department review"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Downstream Process Development Co-op in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Downstream Process Development Co-op in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Fantastic, supportive and inclusive work culture
    2. Cutting edge science with adherence to best industrial practices

    Cons

    Really large company to work at, interaction between different departments rare


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Sr. Director"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Takeda Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic culture and amazing work.

    Cons

    A lot of change, which isn't necessarily bad, but if you can't handle change it might not be the place for you.

  3. "Reasearch Associate in QC and CMC"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Bozeman, MT
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Bozeman, MT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great teamwork and a supportive environment. Excellent pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Consolidated vaccine business on the east coast. Product development was mostly based on a return monetary investment.


  4. "Business Development Partner"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Takeda Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, Somewhat of good pay, Paid Holidays, Company shutdown in December

    Cons

    No room for advancement, Poor Management, No stability within the work place

    Advice to Management

    Management in some departments need serious work. Transparency goes a long way.


  5. "Outsourcing Administrator"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Takeda Pharmaceuticals (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice Work Environment, good management

    Cons

    No cons at all for me

    Advice to Management

    keep it up


  6. Helpful (3)

    "American - Japanese Big Pharma"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good corporate culture, mostly nice people. There are a wide spectrum of people with differing levels of competencies, but in general, I have not met any truly unreasonable or nasty people here. The environment is full of people who are trying to their best in a vortex of inexplicable constant change and self induced bureaucratic inefficiencies. Recently, number of perks has been reduced due to financial cost cutting, but it is still one of the most decent places to work, in my 20 year biotech experience. It may be a good stepping stone to other opportunities in the Boston area.

    Cons

    Undergoing constant drastic change, inexplicable upheavals, large company inefficiencies. These problems are endemic to all big companies, but at Takeda, it is aggravated due to Japan / US dichotomies in cultural outlooks. Currently (2018) company is driven by Western leadership that buy into the (necessary?) notion of relentless lay-offs, site closures and wholesale centralization to Boston / Cambridge as the last hope for medical innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Direction of company and explanations given at townhall meetings are not clear, and appear to be doublespeak at times. I do not think anyone outside the C-suite think integrating with Shire is a good idea for $64 Bn? Is Takeda executive team with mediocre record of performance really capable of integrating and managing another company equal in size with similar sub par performance?


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Too volatile"

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

    I have been working at Takeda Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Compensation, bonus structure, benefits, location

    Cons

    Re orgs, poor management

    Advice to Management

    Talk to people outside of meetings

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Takeda is a 237-year-old drug company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Takeda Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Employee and Patient Focus is very apparent

    Cons

    Under significant global and US change


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Almost Five Stars"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Great CEO, Pay, Benefits, People, Culture

    Cons

    Weak middle and senior leadership - many lack intestinal fortitude to be actual leaders, to have tough conversations, take action on poor performance and hold themselves and others accountable.

    Advice to Management

    Keep Christophe Weber
    Up-skill the middle and senior leaders.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "A Private Welfare Company with Poor Senior and Middle Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Internal Auditor in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Internal Auditor in Deerfield, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The parking lot is amazing. Since the parking lot bears little to no weight outside the hours of 9 am to 4 pm, the concrete and black top stay in amazing condition.

    No stress cracks or other signs of wear. The State Department of Transportation should use Takeda's parking lot as the baseline in their studies of vehicle weight impacts to highways and other roadways.

    The pond is not overcrowded with watercraft. Very easy to step away from your desk, take your personal watercraft out to the pond, and find a relaxing spot to sunbathe, read, or do something else to pass the day before you head home.

    Cons

    Co-workers never answer questions, they point the finger at someone else to answer. Co-workers never provide any requested items, they point the finger at someone else to provide. Co-workers outsource their responsibilities to a vendor/supplier and act like they do the work, creating an unneeded middle person in the process to get something done.

    No process or activity is allowed to change. Making recommendations to change a process or activity is frowned upon.

    Leaving your car on the parking lot after 4 pm is frowned upon, as the parking lots shift ends at 4 pm.

    Getting promoted is all about nepotism. Great performers are passed over for poor performers because the only thing that matters for promotions and performance ratings is nepotism.

    Social Security will be doubling each Takeda employee's retirement welfare payments. Social Security is in fiscal trouble and employees of Takeda don't deserve any Social Security benefits as a Takeda paycheck is welfare since no one does any work.

    Advice to Management

    Close the Deerfield office and eliminate the over 50% of employees there that are just dead wood providing you no value. The reason your expenses are one of the worst in the industry is your people. The people at your company don't actually do any work. You are not a Pharmaceutical Company. You are a Private Welfare Company.


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