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Updated February 16, 2018
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UCB CEO Jean-Christophe Tellier
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Pros
  • Work life balance and flexibility when needed (in 22 reviews)

  • Very good benefits, decent pay and bonus potential (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • Constant change in the organization structure (in 11 reviews)

  • zu viele Wechsel im upper management (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Summer Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UCB (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company with good pay.

    Cons

    Difficult if not impossible to translate internship into full time opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    In the US it would be good to have intern pay at US rates. Comparing yourself to industry standards UCB pays far less than competing organizations.


  2. "Overall good experience, however there have been some ups and downs."

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    Current Employee - Senior Sales Consultant in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Consultant in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly people and great training. I love what the company stands for and the support they give their employees. This is the one Biotech company that truly puts the patient first! Amazing healthcare benefits.

    Cons

    Trust of upper management could definitely be improved. The company seems to have lost some direction due to multiple changes over the past several years.

    Advice to Management

    Believe and trust in your employees

  3. "Good place to work but don't stay too long."

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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 UCB full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Reasonable benefits (don't forget to negotiate!). Good place to stay for a year or 3. Some departments are really well managed others are poorly managed. Inform well before starting a position in New Meds.

    Cons

    Little chance to grow. They prefer to hire new people. Don't stay too long if you are in one of those badly managed departments.

    Advice to Management

    Employees know their job, no micro-management needed. Invest in your employees.


  4. "good benefits, flex hours, fair salary"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UCB full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good benefits, flex hours, fair salary, good IT support, educational assistance available

    Cons

    Frequent change for HR theoretical goals rather than efficiency.

    Advice to Management

    Contracting out jobs, rather than building loyalty in house is ill advised. It cannot be that economical to contract out, be subjected to constant contractor turn over and subsequent inefficiency and liability.


  5. "Product Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Product Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Product Specialist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UCB full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture and fabulous leadership.

    Cons

    None, at this time to report.


  6. "UCB Inc Smyrna GA"

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    Current Employee - Senior Vice President
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President

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

    Pros

    A great place to work

    Cons

    Euro centered place to work

    Advice to Management

    Find the niche and make it happen


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Not a good place to work"

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

    Pros

    For long-time employees, cannot find better benefits in new role elsewhere

    Cons

    More talk than action; say anything negative and you will be ostracized; too much middle management who protect each other and their friends who are incompetent causing others to be overworked; inefficient processes; managers hound employees until they say it is a great place to work when truthfully people would love to leave but stay because of the benefits. Constant change and coverups .

    Advice to Management

    Clear out middle management and stop protecting them - they prevent employees from being happy and innovative.

  8. "Medical Director"

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    Current Employee - Senior Medical Director in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Medical Director in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some people really believe in what they do to
    Improve patient lives, there are opportunities to grow if you know the correct people inside the company.

    Cons

    The CNS medical team lacks of descent and straight honest medical leadership, senior medical director at all the regions are more worried to keep their positions by saying what the VPs want to listen, they travel a lot to pretend they work but they are just accumulating miles and presuming all their travels on social media. It is embarrassing how some of them hide behind the "we care for patients" developing "innovative patient programs" when they do not understand the scientific basis of their own products or the disease state of the therapeutic area like epilepsy or Parkinson's disease, this happens across all regions. Oversized teams to accumulate headcount to support their own egos is risky when medical teams at the regional level are doing commercial activities.

    Advice to Management

    Certify all medical team members in the basics of the products and therapeutic areas, you will be surprised about how many senior directors, directors and VP do not known their own products PÍA.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "data analyst"

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

    I have been working at UCB part-time

    Pros

    good environment, nice colleagues, flexible work time

    Cons

    low pace, there is not so much work to do


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Pure Lack of Integrity"

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

    I worked at UCB full-time

    Pros

    The U, quiet place to work, fitness center & classes

    Cons

    Lack of transparency. Have an “in” crowd. Out of touch with employees. Get punished if you speak up. Top down type of management. Unethical treatment of employees. Colleagues throw each under the bus

    Advice to Management

    Take time to get to know your employees. Be more transparent. If you say you are open to suggestions, then really be open.


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