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Watson Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated May 8, 2017
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Pros
  • Good benefits, good vacation and good 401k (in 9 reviews)

  • Pay and benefits 401k match up to 8% (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Mistargeted promotions and lay-offs will continue to affect the overall performance of the site (in 3 reviews)

  • Since the merger of Actavis, there are many lay-offs and the closure of many sites especially on the west coast (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Toxic culture with little regard for employees"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parsippany, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parsippany, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay scale is excellent. Benefits were great.

    Cons

    Horrible leadership; focused specifically on lining their own pockets. Employees call the company Wack-ta-vis.

    Advice to Management

    No need. They wouldn't listen.


  2. "Positive because of local leadership and great teammates."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Still a smaller company playing in a big branded pharmaceutical space that gives you some autonomy.

    Cons

    Unrealistic goals that do not take into account the lack of coverage by major plans and higher copay than competitors.

    Advice to Management

    West coast competitive landscape is completely different than Midwest and goals should
    reflect the difficulties of the marketplace.

  3. "Great Company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Systems Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Systems Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Strategic Direction and culture.

    Cons

    Great company but needs to provide opportunities for employees to develop their careers internally with more global opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Better Succession Planning is needed to retain top talent.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Pleasant place to begin a career."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chemist III in Corona, CA
    Current Employee - Chemist III in Corona, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Watson pays an average salary and provides competitive benefits. Most of the people who work here are pleasant enough. If you are lucky enough to be working at site that is being expanded, then there are plenty of opportunities for upward growth.

    Cons

    The site I work at is notorious for its compliance issues and mismanagement, which have only worsened through the years.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to manage. It is not fair to your employees to rely so heavily on just a few while allowing the rest to loaf. If you choke off funding to site then don't be surprised when the quality suffers. A healthy site requires the following: talented employees, competitive wages, reliable equipment, and reasonable expectations.


  5. "Senior Instructional Designer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fascinating work, working with product that is truly needed by patients.

    Cons

    Slow decision making. Always worried about FDA.

    Advice to Management

    Look inside your company for talent, not externally.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Brand Division Is Poorly Managed"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Professional Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Senior Professional Sales Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lot's of great field sales reps.

    Cons

    Products are not innovative, 4th-5th to market.
    Sales managers are embarassingly incompetent, as are the product managers and the marketing department.

    Advice to Management

    Replace every district manager and the sales & marketing personnel. Acquire products that the market actually wants and needs. Stop throwing good money after bad.


  7. "hopefully some one will do something"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits good peer level employees

    Cons

    much overtime, no quid pro quo for hard work, hard work not reflective in bonus, everyone gets the same,

  8. "Analytical Development Scientist, method development and validation"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Corona, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Corona, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture and benefits, good medical benefits.

    Cons

    not very good career development opp


  9. "Watson - A good company to work for."

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    Former Employee - Principal Scientist in Danbury, CT
    Former Employee - Principal Scientist in Danbury, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Had good benefits for a reasonable price and decent salary with fairly wide pay ranges. Most Co-woworkers knowledgeable, helpful & friendly.

    Cons

    Too many lay-offs. Too much out-sourcing of jobs. Watson was a small company that became a much larger company through acquisiton over a relatively short period of time. Unfortunately, management didn't grow with the company & didn't know how to merge & manage all the acquisitions.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible Top Down Management"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    To get experience only- then move on quickly!

    Cons

    Micro management- harassment
    No truth to anything said

    Advice to Management

    Stop biting the hands that feed you!


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