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Takeda Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated July 15, 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 (8)

    "Takeda Pharmacetuicals- Biologics department review"

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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"

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    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. "Sales Rep"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Medication that helps people, Some autonomy to make decisions based on the area you work in, Nice company car, Decent pay with salary and quarterly bonuses

    Cons

    Depending on the manager lots of micro management, Constant concern if you will have a job from quarter to quarter, high costs for personal use of the car, very few advancement opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating your tenured employees like new hires, get rid of so many 1st level managers that aren't needed


  4. "Global Regulatory Affairs"

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

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

    Pros

    The company follows a well-defined vision.
    Senior management encourages innovative thinking.
    Take workers life-work balance truly seriously.

    Cons

    Senior management is not transparent about project goals.
    False sense of focus on patients. Commercial still drives development strategy, sometimes to the extreme. Good people being transferred to dying projects while management is making false-promises. Global decisions are made without input from local teams.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency, boldness, don't wait 3 years to promote people.


  5. "Professional Sales Representative"

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

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

    Pros

    Culture is patient and employee centered with great products and resources.

    Cons

    Pay is a little low
    systems are severely outdated

    Advice to Management

    Fix the cons


  6. "change"

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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 Takeda Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    first class campus, good compensation

    Cons

    management took approaches that are outdated, which led to inefficiency, neoptism and loss of talent .


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Clinical Sales-Specialty"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Takeda Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Great drug that is needed in the market for IBD

    Cons

    Management is clueless and very inexperienced to lead specialty business with primary care mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Get experienced people from outside for all levels 1st, 2nd, 3rd line leaders!!

  8. Helpful (4)

    "things are moving too fast"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn Park, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn Park, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Takeda Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    benefits, building is well kept

    Cons

    poor training, bad documentation, management in positions because of nepotism

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring people just because you are friends with them and they worked with you the last three jobs you had. Absurd! Please please please work on the training program and slow things down. Rushed work leads to bigger problems in the long run. The open door policy you claim you have does not exist, allow employees to bring up concerns and address them.


  9. "From Departmental Level to C-Suite, something to avoid"

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    Current Employee - Audit in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Audit in Deerfield, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Time off is amazing. Deerfield campus is nice. Awesome gym, game room, cafeteria. They have Takeda-Cares day, and several events to keep employees active and engaged. They seem to legitimately care about employees, and their reputation. However, no amount of benefits can negate the rotten layers that drive many to leave.

    Cons

    Takeda has some high-level problems that cascades throughout the company, and ruins almost everything. Such problems include inability for leaders to offer a clear vision, legacy employees protecting their hollowed out jobs, communication issues with Japan, and incompetent leadership.
    These are all high-level, but poison everything down to the department level. There is no accountability. Middle-management company wide is known for being incompetent, and ineffective. HR is spineless. There are minimal career options for growth.

     Audit leadership is especially incompetent and unqualified at all levels. The hardest thing is to get any audit leader to do their job. They tend to excel at sleeping during the job, and hiring buddies from GE Capital on unrealistically huge-salaries. Imagine having a ‘leader’ that is incapable of holding a proper conversation, and can’t even make eye contact. Imagine how that effects learning, advancement and well-being? Also, head leadership in Japan is well known for taking expensive 'business trips' for insignificant reasons that could be solved over short phone calls.

    There is a reason the last CFO didn't last long here- its simply not a place for people who want to do their best. Think more like a bureaucratic government department.

    A catalyst for this strong dysfunction is that HQ is in Japan- their communication style is not direct and makes progress very slow. The priority is to ensure that everyone agrees and is happy; harmony. Hence honest opinions, however much needed, are not welcomed. Therefore, politics run rampant.

    Also, unfortunately, Human Resource is filled with legacy managers who just care about keeping their jobs. They will never attempt any meaningful change, as that would mean going above and beyond. The only action they do is masking the rotten core of the company, and propping up Takeda's image via fake Glassdoor reviews.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach. Get rid of the incompetent leadership and create accountability throughout the organization. All of internal audit leadership needs to be let go. Unless these are fixed, buying Shire is only another nail in the coffin.


  10. "Run away!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Takeda Pharmaceuticals (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, some of the people

    Cons

    Awful politics, useless HR, leadership “good old boys” club, rule by fear

    Advice to Management

    Clean house


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