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Vanda Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated February 28, 2019
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Vanda Pharmaceuticals President, CEO, and Director Mihael H. Polymeropoulos
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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Great place to work if you enjoy the industry"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vanda Pharmaceuticals (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The staff are great to work with. They are definitely growing and interested in pursuing innovative strategies. They help employees achieve meaningful impact by increasing their responsibilities and freedom commensurate with performance.

    Cons

    Pharmaceutical industry is not for me. I'm not supportive of the chemical and financial impacts on our society.


  2. "Tread Carefully"

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    Former Employee - Senior Neurological Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Senior Neurological Sales Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary
    Good manager
    Autonomy in day to day work

    Cons

    Hetlioz is not selling
    All new reps are inexperienced
    Upper management
    Corporate offices are disorganized

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Toxic environment due to unethical senior management"

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    Former Employee - Neuroscience Specialty Representative
    Former Employee - Neuroscience Specialty Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I could not come up with any

    Cons

    Very unethical, sales goals are based upon demanded off label sales
    Bullying and intimidation with job constantly being threatened
    No job security, sales force is being replaced in stages with inexperienced half price associate reps
    Innovation and trying to make the company a better place is viewed as a crime and punishable
    Open door and whistleblower policies are policies in writing only, they do not really exist
    CEO could care less about legalities or ethics
    Rampant nepotism

    Advice to Management

    Board needs to fire CEO and his appointees or there will be no company left in a couple of years


  4. Helpful (8)

    "Neuroscience Sales Rep"

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    Current Employee - Nsr
    Current Employee - Nsr
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Vanda Pharmaceuticals (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is no good reason to work for Vanda unless you are part of the CEO's family.

    Cons

    Ethical and compliant behavior is punished. Sales depends on targeting off label business. The culture is that of abuse and intimidation. The CEO and CCO are miserable and arrogant and believe they are running a slave camp.

    Advice to Management

    Field sales management needs to back up their employees rather than just being errand runners for the C-suite. LISTEN to the field and utilize their expereince


  5. Helpful (9)

    "Run . . . quickly . . . away!!"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Sales in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can't really think of any.

    Cons

    Horrible, if not non-existant, leadership.
    Borderline unethical behavior.
    Rampant nepotism.
    Zero development opportunities.
    You will be told things during the interview that are simply not true.

    Advice to Management

    Board of Directors should get involved and do a thourough investigation


  6. Helpful (12)

    "Do not work at Vanda"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The two happy hours per year

    Cons

    This company is awful for many reasons:
    1) Nepotism: unqualified members of the CEO’s family are hired to top positions without any prior experience
    2) Favoritism: if you are not a white blonde girl, good luck getting anywhere. People are moved up through the ranks without experience.
    3) They say that mentorship and camaraderie are important, open door policy everywhere but you can’t say anything without fearing for your job.
    4) Everyone is miserable so turnover is extremely high
    5) No flexibility in hours

    Advice to Management

    Get out of your bubble and see the problems facing your company.


  7. Helpful (10)

    "2.5 Stars: OK place to work and not too much other Pharma in DC"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vanda Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Location, opportunity to take on more and different work if you want to

    Cons

    Alot of turnover and parking is expensive

  8. Helpful (12)

    "Finance Manager"

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager
    Current Employee - Finance Manager
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    good location, pay is OK, some benefits

    Cons

    management is poor, favoritism is rampant, unethical


  9. Helpful (27)

    "Case Manager"

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    Former Employee - Case Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Case Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vanda Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Great base salary and bonus, flexible work hours, little micro managing. Good place to start career to gain experience in the field.

    Cons

    The company is run like a privately owned family company, despite the fact that it's pubilcy traded. The CEO promoted his unqualified children to positions they should never have been in and the nepotism is outrageously evident. Senior leadership is less than valued, and favoritism runs rampant. Decisions are made by one person and one person only, no one elses opinions matter. Would not recommend anyone with extensive pharma experience to work here. Morale is very low.

    Advice to Management

    Run the company like a publicly run company should, stop promoting family members who are unqualified and respect senior leadership.