UCB Reviews | Glassdoor

UCB Reviews

Updated November 22, 2017
227 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

3.4
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
UCB CEO Jean-Christophe Tellier
Jean-Christophe Tellier
61 Ratings

227 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

Pros
  • Work life balance and flexibility when needed (in 22 reviews)

  • Very good benefits, decent pay and bonus potential (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • Constant change in the organization structure (in 10 reviews)

  • Lack of transparency with upper management (in 9 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. Helpful (1)

    "data analyst"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "Medical Director"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  3. "Pure Lack of Integrity"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. "Decent Company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good work/life balance. Good Comp and Benefits. Flexible hours. 'Better' patient focus than most Pharma. Open to new ideas and change (but not always easy to implement)

    Cons

    Lots of traditional sales and marketing leaders (resistant to new models). Poor performance and a**holes are tolerated too much. A lot of show boating in senior mgt (like the practices)

    Advice to Management

    Spend less time on the strategic unrealistic fluff and make sure the teams in the field and Ops get enough resources. They are under resourced and are needed to drive cash flow


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Executive Sales Specialist - Neurology"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCB full-time

    Pros

    Extremely patient focused. Great culture.

    Cons

    Would like more advanced training


  6. "Director"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UCB full-time

    Pros

    Mid-sized pharma with a strong customer focus

    Cons

    Bureaucracy; trying to change but not succeeding


  7. "Horrible management"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    benefits and salary, paid time to volunteer, perks, people outside of clinical development, workers in trenches

    Cons

    work life balance, fear of reorganization, management desire to replace good workers, can't trust local dept management heads ( data management, stats, programming , medical writing); management picks favorites, do not require same workload of all employees, no action taken for poor performers, retribution from management for negative feedback .

    Advice to Management

    To upper management (ie not at Raleigh site), no positive change will come to Raleigh office until you replace the heads of stats and programming, data management and medical writing with people open to change. Processes are still inefficient. Managers care more about their jobs than anything positive happening to company and those below them. Current management will never facilitate or advocate changes for the future growth.

  8. "Sales"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Drug, nice sales people.

    Cons

    Upper management has no idea what they are doing. The turnover at the top is extremely high.


  9. "Completely Incompetent Middle and Upper Management"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and mostly nice people to work with, except for those in the Brussels head office.

    Cons

    Completely incompetent management in the Brussels head office. Many of those managers are not qualified for the jobs they perform. Constant reorganization which seems to take place at least annually. They spread out layoffs so as to try and avoid a large number at any one time. Constant layoffs to help the bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    You need to avoid constant reorganizations as this is a sign you don't know what you're doing. Keep in mind that rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic would not have solved anything either. You need to hire and promote truly qualified people. Many of your managers are really incompetent and out of date with their knowledge.


  10. "Find something else."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people. Focus on patients. Decent pay and benefits. Atlanta home office employees can work from home 2 days per week.

    Cons

    Under-funded. Budget cuts. Constant restructuring and layoffs. Lack of opportunities for Americans. They don't retain the top performers and don't give opportunities to the best people. They keep sending people from Europe to be the watch-dogs and control everything we do. They don't respect employees. They don't treat employees very well.

    Advice to Management

    Let the US handle the US business. Treat people with respect. Stop firing and discriminating against the Americans. Inspire people to deliver their best through real (serious) discussions about opportunities. Reward the best performers with opportunities for advancement.


Showing 227 of 258 reviews
Reset Filters