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UCB Reviews

Updated February 24, 2017
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UCB CEO Jean-Christophe Tellier
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  • Team environment and work life balance is also very maintained (in 18 reviews)

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

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  1. "UCB Clinical"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The clinical department at UCB in RTP is a very much like a family community, everyone cares about each other and are always supportive.

    Cons

    We're still a little challenged by timely communication and decision making but it's improving.

    Advice to Management

    Lay all necessary ground work and finalize plans before implementing new processes.


  2. "It was changing to much..."

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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

    Great benefit. Very smart and many nice people that want to do job and make forward progress without being derailed.

    Cons

    Constant reorgs that do not help. Layoffs that impact bottom folks but many have golden job security. Pressure to be aggressive and then poor quality and lots of issues. Ticking box high priority. Inconsistent messages with new slogans that appear than disappear.

    Advice to Management

    I think everything is sugar coated up the chain. Folks at top have no idea. They see boxes getting ticked but bury the problems. Next time there are layoffs do yourselves a favor - instead of laying off lowest level, let go of about 20% of mid to high-level "leadership" that has golden job security. I guarantee that will send a message and you WILL see true change in the organization.


  3. "UCB doesn't not care for their employees"

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    Former Employee - Collector in Maumee, OH
    Former Employee - Collector in Maumee, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pros is being able to earn a bonus check

    Cons

    They will cut your pay like that. Does no care if you have family children, emergency always wants time to be made up within the same week will give you a job that should pay more than what you are getting paid most upper management is fake talks behind your back it like high school all over again. They do lay off the fire people left and right

    Advice to Management

    Let your people know their job anytime a big wig comes around its say this say that. Everyone should know their job and why it's important to the company also big wigs wouldn't take one look at you when the employees are making the company money. Employees are in the background and they should be the face of the company the ceo listed below is not correct?


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Flat org"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Provides opportunities for employees to engage in community volunteerism; flexible with home/work balance

    Cons

    No real room for growth; achievements not recognized; promotions hard to get

    Advice to Management

    Look around at your talent pool; be more cognizant of what others are doing and promote.


  6. "overall a very good company to work for"

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

    I have been working at UCB full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, good pay rate, great group of people to work with, company is trying hard to be a good place to work

    Cons

    Bad career opportunities unless you are an MD or want to do sales.


  7. "Onward!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, good comp/benefits, paid volunteerism, and ability to grow yourself if you are willing to take risks and work through many changes.

    Cons

    Needs better prioritization, finance processes difficult, patient centric approach sometimes not well understood, needs to value employees as much as patients during a time of immense change internally and externally

    Advice to Management

    Walk the talk. Invest in employees who need/want to adapt and deliver. Outsourcing is not the sole answer.


  8. "UCB"

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    Current Employee - Director in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Director in Raleigh, NC
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Talented staff
    Great benefits
    Work - life balance
    Paid and encouraged volunteer days

    Cons

    Non-objective clinical leadership team
    Flat organization
    How little new managers or managers of new team members effectively engage or understand development desires/needs of team

    Advice to Management

    Actively discuss with and consider existing/loyal team members regarding open/new opportunities based on their career desires and succession planning. Really understand what your team members want and need for development.

    Provide clear vision amongst organizational changes so aligning employee strengths and development opportunites remains possible.


  9. "UCB Biotech"

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    Former Employee - Senior Sales Representative in Smyrna, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Representative in Smyrna, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Industry Standard Pay for Biologics, good products

    Cons

    Highly Dysfunctional Upper Management, poor morale, high turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Be proactive, not reactive to market dynamics, listen to your feet on the ground. We want to win, too, and feedback provided is to help, not to criticize. Look at what Regional Director has the most turnover, and drill down to why. A few dynamics are discontent of employees, but also, RBD trying to take spotlight off of them by blaming their subordinates vs. trying to identify and fix real issues.


  10. "Collector"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Collector in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Collector in Miami, FL

    I worked at UCB (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The basic reason was for the salary and potential bonuses.

    Cons

    Having to maintain a quota


  11. Helpful (1)

    "The worst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miramar, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miramar, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They know how to fake a first impression and let you believe that this could possibly be long term and that some growth can come out of it. Some of the people are nice to work with.

    Cons

    The structure is HORRIBLE. I can do change but when the change has no benefit and is just done blindly, that is a problem. They introduce new policies that fail then they go back to the old way just to find another way that fails. You never know what to expect each day. The atmosphere is so unprofessional. The people have no regard for authority. Authority has no regard for the people.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with better. Learn how to actually do reviews of employees if you want more success for the company instead of just hiring and firing every month.



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