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Alkermes plc is a biopharmaceutical company that focuses on central nervous system (CNS) diseases such as such as schizophrenia, depression, addiction and multiple sclerosis. The company was founded in 1987 by Michael Wall. In September 2011 Alkermes, Inc. merged with Elan Drug Technologies (EDT), the former drug formulation and manufacturing division of Élan Corporation, plc.

A former employee shares his experience on, "I found Alkermes lacking in many ways, leadership, ethics, vision, etc. My manager was absent and there were no opportunities for development. This was not a good fit for me."


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Former Employee - Research Scientist says

"Company with no solid vision. Very authoritarian culture."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"At least in my department, you’re not perceived as a leader unless you’re a white man. Good luck with your career growth, if you’re not."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"This review is for the Medical Affairs department (based on my experience of working there for a couple of years). The senior leadership team encourages a very toxic and competitive environment. The department is extremely disorganized with no regard for processes. Chaos is encouraged and leadership is unable to make decisions; direction changes on an hourly basis. Managers frequently discuss confidential information regarding direct reports with other direct reports. Good work is usually not recognized and there is no mentorship or career planning. Leadership is quick to fault employees if the CMO disagrees with a decision or deliverable. Only come here if you love negativity and want your career to die a slow death. Look at the turnover if you’re on the fence about accepting a job."

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Not an optimal well-balanced environment. Company is unable to retain some good workers."

Former Employee - Manager says

"No leadership, lack of direction, multiple sites working as if they are not the same company. No career path unless you work in the Waltham office"

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"But, like many such deals, there is a downside, you will pay"

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Middle management has a lack of respect for employees and does not provide clear objectives or clear strategies to meet performance goals. Managers do not communicate well across functional areas and therefore, teams remain in silos instead of performing with collaboration and mutual respect."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Middle management and below is horrible. They treat their people terribly. I have never been treated so poorly in my entire professional career."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"original company forced out 90% successful women through harassment and unequal pay. Surprised they got away with it this long."


"Was not recognized for work on "old" products."

Associate Director (Former Employee) says

"I found the company lacking in many ways, leadership, ethics, vision, etc. My manager was absent and there were no opportunities for development. This was not a good fit for me."

Manufacturing Associate II - Filling (Current Employee) says

"This place is full of "cool kid groups" if you do not kiss up to them you will not get fair raises or job advancement opportunities. They push you through training and ignore the harassment that is reported to supervisors and management."

Clinical Manufacturer (Former Employee) says

"I went through a temp agency for this position and was only there for 3 months when they made plans to shut down my line of work to add on to it so they had to get rid of people and was fired without any notice. I got the call after working hours on the Friday before Christmas, I was in the middle of watching my family open Christmas presents at the time. I did not have background in the field so everything was new to me. I tried so hard to learn everything I could and nobody seemed willing to help and many other temps also felt this way as well. They were extremely unorganized and very unprofessional. I don't even know why they would've hired me along with other people if they knew they wouldn't need us three months down the road."

Clinical Manufacturing Temp (Former Employee) says

"Extremely slow paced and hands off. Most of our time was spent in cubicles reading standard operating procedures. The lab was often in shut down so we would sit our desks for 8 hours a day. Very long boring hours.Decent pay.Boring."

Office Professional (Former Employee) says

"Workload gets piled on you if you are good. Don't ever have a bad day, they will quickly find this out and fault you for every mistake and highlight them.BenefitsBad management"

Quality Assurance Associate (Former Employee) says

"They do more layoffs than I could ever count. They make you sign confidentiality agreements when you're hired stating that you cannot speak of your layoff "if" it happens. Should have been the first red flag! I was laid off with no notice days before my 1 year anniversary."

Senior Security & Architecture Program Manager (Former Employee) says

"Ok company to work for if you are in pharma environment. Commute can be a rough one with exiting that Winter st. industrial park. Some half say Fridays."

District Business Leader (Former Employee) says

"Good pay bad culture. Too much focus on money and not the patient. No understanding of the market at all which makes for poor expectations and decisions."

Supervisor of Maintenance and Facilities (Former Employee) says

"The job was accompanied with fair experience in managing and resolving issues amongst diverse people and projects."

Director (Current Employee) says

"Alkermes has an exceptional work life balance and compensation but very poor leadership at the Director level. The company does not promote collaboration between groups and in fact reprimands employees who desire to learn about and meet other key stakeholders that may affect your work. The company in my experience has inadequate training programs that are job specific and expects you to perform at a high level with zero to no training or guidance regarding your Job. The business has a culture of working in silos with strict restrictions on being able to communicate with other people across the organization. Be aware that when you interview for the company the team sells the opportunity to collaborate and bring new ideas, but when you do they may come at the cost of your continued employment. The company is still developing new process and is still junior in this area.Good work life balance and compensationSIlo's, culture of no communication or idea sharing."

Pharmaceutical Inspector (Former Employee) says

"Inspected medicine powders before formulating into medicine capsules, Learning procedure for medicine production steps.Staying seated almost the whole 10 hrs. Some requirements for job not so rewarding . Rewarding part of job was Making boxes and filling them with medicine to be accounted for and documented and put in the freezer for holding till ready for capsule filling."

Clinical Outsourcing Finance Specialist (Former Employee) says

"The overall culture is positive. Everyone works together for the greater cause to help patients with CNS diseases and addiction recovery. Often demanding and sometimes hard to maintain a work/life balance.Great benefitsLocation and lean staffing"

Senior Technology Manager (Former Employee) says

"Be clear about the role and responsibility during the interview processNice locationPoor management style"

Territory Business Manager (Current Employee) says

"The product is great and the accounts that work within the market are very dedicated to their patients."

Accounts Payable Supervisor (Former Employee) says

"The corporate office is a great facility to work at but commuting from south of Boston is very difficult and hard to maintain. The workplace culture is very laid back but can also be very stressful"

QC Microbiology Supervisor (Former Employee) says

"Senior management created a culture of fear. They have great people who work hard but their voice is not heard by senior management. Overall the compensation package is good and competitive.Compensation benefits are very goodLocation"

Contract Manufacturing Associate (Former Employee) says

"I was a contract employee at Alkermes. It was close to home and although it was NOTHING like what they described, it was a good job. Both the staffing company and the internal management I interviewed with stated it was a lab type job, but it was really a manufacturing-general labor type job that had nothing to do with the degree I received. Because I was a contract (temporary) employee, I received no vacation or sick days, no benefits, was not allowed to partake in the small raffles (VIP parking spot, vacation day, baskets, etc.), and did NOT receive a shift difference in my pay even though I worked 2nd (afternoon) shift. I was recently let go because so-called internal moves; this had been planned for a week, yet I was not informed until Saturday, a weekend day we are not scheduled to work, and also informed that my locker would be cleaned out and sent to me. My supervisor was not consulted in this matter and therefore could not even break the news to me. Although this may be a great company to work for if you are fortunate enough to be a full time employee, the temporary employee status is definitely not one to recommend, and since 90% of their company is hired through the same staffing company on a temporary basis, I wish every contract employee there the best of luck and hope they do not get what I did not coffee, hot cocoa, popcornTemp status"

QA Professional (III) says

"People are generally friendly and communicate well. Room to grow and learn inside after hire. Promotions are available with time. Great benefits and retirement plans. They really care and want people to be happy and taken care of.Company growing, and is tight on money. May be hard to get salary you want, or annual increases."

SAP Finance Manager (Current Employee) says

"Very committed and motivating culture. Work life balance is OK but it does support in the wellness programs. Alkermes employees start their day early and try to wrap up by 5 pm. The managers are understanding and motivating most of the time. I would recommend this company to others."

Process Development Engineer (Former Employee) says

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