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Productive environment
Global Contracts Outsourcing Lead (Current Employee) –  Northbrook, ILSeptember 7, 2017
Company is relaxed, wide variety of food in cafeteria, Starbucks onsite, transparency within the departments. Cafeteria costs are high.High level of teamwork.
Pros
two work from home days
Cons
cafeteria costs are high
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Its been to long
Manager (Former Employee) –  Deerfield, ILSeptember 3, 2017
Haven't worked here in years. I have no idea. Things were fine back in the day, I was just looking for more. I don't know the products or people any more.
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Very chaotic
Manager (Current Employee) –  Northbrook, ILSeptember 2, 2017
The organization is very dysfunctional. There is a complete lack of accountability and people just cruise along. It takes forever to get anything done.
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Astellas
Sales Representative (Former Employee) –  MissouriAugust 30, 2017
It started great and then I got a new DM who was terrible. He wanted a frat club instead of a team. He was so unprofessional. I think the company overall is good for the most part. 1/2 day fridays were nice
Pros
1/2 day FRidays
Cons
Manager
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Medical and Development continue long restructuring
Associate Director, Contracts & Outsourcing (Current Employee) –  Northbrook, ILAugust 30, 2017
Overall, a great company. There are pockets of severe disruption due to ongoing globalization and changes in pipeline - that is to be expected, but the company has an inconsistent track record of doing this effectively.
Pros
Great benefits, talented, hard-working people.
Cons
Strategic vision and long term management.
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Great benefits... Difficult culture
Product Manager - Marketing & Promotions (Former Employee) –  Northbrook, ILAugust 11, 2017
Astellas is a great place to work-- for some. Great benefits and unique pay. However, sensitivity and diversity training is needed. Home office has an "insiders club" feel to it. If you're in, then it is a great experience. Otherwise...
Pros
Good pay & benefits
Cons
Insiders club culture and lacks diversity
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Once a good place to work has turned into a terrible one.
Hospital Sales Specialist (Current Employee) –  Nowhere usaAugust 1, 2017
So Astellas once made one of the best places to work list. It won't anymore. Some of the folks like JR and GR read books that, regardless of how well someone has d Ne in the recent past, you should routinely lay off 20% bottom of field force so people ar desperate to keep their jobs. I d Not know if they realize it but this is what encourages off label promotin, a lack of loyalty at companies and prev nuts the recruitment of the best people. It damages the company's health long term at the expense of immediate gain that often will lead to a decline st a company. I've been here 7 years and what a vet seen lately does not inspire faith or n any leadership much less that they are being as transparent as possible. I know people who won awards for 2016 and 2015 who are actively looking because of this short sighted philosophy.
Pros
None
Cons
Poor management, lack of transparency, lack of honesty, hostile work environment
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Great pay and benefits
Director, Contracts & Outsourcing (C&O) (Current Employee) –  Northbrook, ILAugust 1, 2017
Astellas prides itself on offering great pay and benefits to its employees, and it also does a great job of training and supporting its people. The company is going through some major transitions, however, so a lot of things that have stood out as reasons to work here are no longer true, including job security and open communication.
Pros
Good pay, good life/work balance, half-day Fridays year-round
Cons
Stressful atmosphere with a lot of turnover and a top down management style
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Astellas has good company culture but there are some salary issues
Sr. Executive Hospital Rep I (Current Employee) –  Northbrook, ILJuly 16, 2017
Working in the hospital division at Astellas was largely a positive experience. The company tries to manage downsizing by keeping key positions open but that doesn't mean that layoffs don't happen.

The hospital division has been struck by a number of issues in recent years including the generic incursion into the cardiovascular market, difficulty getting their anti-infective products for general use.

The management allows the representatives to determine their mix of products for bonus which is one of the reasons you can determine how much money you get as far as payout.

There were a number of compliance issues though which has made the company less flexible in dealing with what comes out of your mouth (even innocently) and keeps the account managers in the dark as to studies outside of those approved which eliminates part of the knowledge base in talking intelligently to physicians because of fear of off label promotion which makes the account managers a bit paranoid in dealing with their accounts as there seems to be a "gotcha" mentality leading to misinterpretation about what could be said.

Pharma may be a dying industry but there is still a bit of life in Astellas although one has to wonder what will happen when the company loses the patent protection on one of their biggest money makers (Lexiscan) and some of their anti-infective products.
Pros
Flexibile, open culture between lower and upper management
Cons
A gotcha mentality when it comes to compliance and not always laying out expectations, lack of products in pipeline.
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Solid processes due holding patents instead of contract
Maintenance Technician II (Former Employee) –  Norman, OKJuly 14, 2017
Really some great people until Avara came in. Quite a bit of unused equipment suites for processes that had come and gone. Good data tracking and infrastructure.
Pros
Lots of perks from HR; good culture
Cons
None until a new manager essentially ran everyone off.
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Not there long enough
Data Scientist Consultant (Current Employee) –  Northbrook, ILJuly 3, 2017
Not there long enough to have a better, more detailed review of the company. Depends on the department and management within. Very bright, hard-working people.
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Great Company
Temporary Laborer (Former Employee) –  Norman, OKMay 15, 2017
I enjoyed my time at Astellas and would honestly still be there if not for some extenuating circumstances. Great people, great managers, not a terrible job to do.
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Great benefits but management is suspect
Contractor (Current Employee) –  Northbrook, ILMay 1, 2017
Great pay and benefits. However there's a problem with too many chiefs and not enough people doing work. A lot of people have manager titles but aren't in manager roles
Pros
Benefits and Pay
Cons
Poor management and vision
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Great Benefits
Director, Corporate Compliance (Former Employee) –  Northbrook, ILApril 25, 2017
Good size company, which allow their employees to learn a lot and wear many hats. The company is growing which allows their employees to grow with them.
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Excellent company!
Admin Assistant/AP Processor (Former Employee) –  Northbrook, ILApril 13, 2017
Outstanding benefits and compensation! The new location is phenomenal, with easy access to multiple expressways. Can't say enough good things bout Astellas!
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Great Company to work for.
Corporate Events Specialist (Former Employee) –  Northbrook, ILApril 8, 2017
If you land a job at this place, congratulations.
It is great, lots of benefits and perks.
I left for circumstances in my life that keep me from staying and I regretted it deeply.
Pros
lots of perks, company cares about its employees
Cons
none
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Good company, great people
Sales Representative (Former Employee) –  Ventura, CAMarch 22, 2017
The people at Astellas make it a great place to work. The company is growing and there are opportunities for advancement. Overall I had a good experience with the company and would recommend it.
Pros
Benefits, people, compensation
Cons
High management turnover
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Great Place to work
Associate Director (Former Employee) –  Norman, OKFebruary 26, 2017
This is a company that believes in doing things right. They support the workers with great benefits and work life balance. They have good products and do wht is needed to have a stable supply of quality products.
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Learn a lot
Customer Support Technician/ Help Desk (Former Employee) –  Northbrook, ILFebruary 2, 2017
I learn a lot by helping people with their computer issues to the best of my knowledge.

I learn I can do anything if I get the right training and support from management.

The hardest part of the job was there was no person that I can go for and ask for help.

The best thing about this job was been able to help people with their computer issues.
Pros
learn a lot
Cons
too short of a contract
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stable workplace
Manufacturing Technician (Former Employee) –  Norman, OKFebruary 1, 2017
provides competitive pay. ive learned much more about machinery and robotics. its a good place to start a career. the people are nice. the hardest part is all of the paper work and the most enjoyable part getting a machine to work when its been down
Pros
great pay and benifits
Cons
work life balance isnt as great as they say it is
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