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Takeda Pharmaceuticals UK Reviews

Updated November 20, 2017
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  • hard working team, lack of work-life-balance (in 31 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Need a stronger HR"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in High Wycombe, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in High Wycombe, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong pipeline of products. Good company growth and prospect.

    Cons

    HR and Snr management are too weak or incapable of handling disruptive toxic behaviours, as a result people can't leave fast enough. Individuals who have been with the company for a long time are now becoming extremely territorial towards new talented individuals joining the Company.
    Very limited career opportunities at Country level.
    A lot of talk but no action! No transparency with regards to how decisions are taken.

    Advice to Management

    Train first and foremost your Snr Management as they fall really short of any expectations, make sure you practise what you preach!
    HR should immediately react to non professional bullying behaviour and not try to hide things under the rug.


  2. "Contract Administrator"

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    Current Contractor - Contract Administrator in Wooburn, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Contract Administrator in Wooburn, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, reasonable canteen, Fairly laid back approach. Average Pay for the industry.

    Cons

    Everyone is working at break neck speed just to get their job done. It is clear that Takeda want to be with the big boys of the industry, but on a very lean work force. Constant moaning from employees about how much work they have to do. Not very intergrated in some areas of the business. Big turn over of staff. Lots of people in their first year of Employment still. People leaving on a weekly basis. Training is rubbish.

    Advice to Management

    Look at your exhausted work force. You cannot keep the pace up on such a lean work force. You have a lot of fairly new staff, but some of them are already moaning. If you want to be up with the Big Boys of the industry then invest in IT systems that work, and are universal, and are set in place on arrival of your first working day.Work at retaining your staff. Too many managers and not enough Indians. Training is a big joke. It done as and when someone has time. A radical shake up is required from the top.

  3. "Vice President"

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    Former Employee - Vice President Marketing in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Vice President Marketing in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Colleagues are collaborative and trying to help each other

    Cons

    Business strategies don't seem to be fully aligned from the top management to local employees

    Advice to Management

    improve communications


  4. "Director Global Outcomes Research"

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    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, great location (easily to access)

    Cons

    Processes are slow, company is not super well resourced

    Advice to Management

    Reduced red tape to be more nimble and innovative


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great"

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    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Takeda as a Japanese ethos which is very much patient focused. The takedaism values are meaningful and can relate too. Great place to work for & company benefits are really good!

    Cons

    Decisions take too long to make. Moving from a japenese company to a USA one, focused in Boston..sad times ahead!

    Advice to Management

    Not just to focus just on Boston!!


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Happy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in High Wycombe, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in High Wycombe, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Autonomy within the work place. Excellent benefits

    Cons

    Senor management don't respect the lower levels of employees

    Advice to Management

    Without the lower levels of employees, you wouldn't be whre you are.


  7. "TDC"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director, Alliance Management in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Director, Alliance Management in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Long term perspective on business and career development

    Cons

    Very process orientated and at times bureaucratic

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Most disorganized R&D reorganisation"

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    Former Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Japanese ethos. Good people, good pay.

    Cons

    Poor prospect, inconsistent senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Have a plan at hand before announcing the big and inevitable. Very chaotic and humiliating process dealing with staff redundancy.


  9. "Potential"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dedicated professionals
    Flexible working pattern
    Great location and office environment

    Cons

    Short of true leadership capability

    Advice to Management

    Look at the talent you have globally and improve communications


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Current "Transformation""

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Takeda Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some key issues have been recognised

    Cons

    Strategic plans to implement will not achieve what senior management desire as there is no coordination, and all strategic positions are moving to the US (a model used before which was a car crash). Nothing innovative!

    Advice to Management

    Stop thinking that by reverting back to a US centric model that this will save the company. Talent is worldwide, use it!


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