Laboratory Technician II (Former Employee) – Lexington, MA – September 12, 2016
Shire is a high pace place to work. Co-worker friendly and ready to help. Excellent benefits. Excellent management, they care about you. While working for Shire, I found the work load extremely hard to fill up.
Manager, Compliance Monitoring and Investigations (Former Employee) – Wayne, PA – January 26, 2016
The company is very good: the best company I worked for. It has very open culture, people can talk to sr. management regardless of their titles. Everyone is very helpful. It has very liberal dress code. Employees can wear jeans every day. The benefits are very good as well, although it got worse in 2016. I enjoyed my 7 years working for this company and progressed from a staff auditor position to Manager role. I highly recommend Shire.
great culture, opportunities for growth, gym at work, cafeteria, casual dress code
Quality Systems GMP Training Specialist & LMS Lead (Former Employee) – Chesterbrook, PA – July 21, 2016
- Addressing Stakeholders issues within the LMS. Working with Stakeholders on the appropriate training requirements and delivery thereof to maintain compliance. Identifying and resolving issues within the LMS and identifying improvement actions.
- Working independently is equally important as team work. It is important to challenge yourself everyday.
- Co-workers are an important part of all teams. Never be afraid to reach out to a co-worker for assistance in an area they are a specialist in.
- The hardest part of the job is being unable to stop time.
- The most enjoyable part of the job is meeting your goals and exceeding them.
Great culture, hardworking people, able to work remotely
Materials Specialist, Commercial Services (Former Employee) – Wayne, PA – May 2, 2016
I was a contractor at Shire for over 3 years in Chesterbrook, PA. I was able to collaborate with very smart professionals who shared a common goal of getting projects done on time and on budget while still maintaining a work/life balance. I was able to work remotely when I needed to and experienced no micro-managing from my direct supervisor. It was a fun, collaborative and process oriented environment. I miss it. (Shire moved its US corporate headquarters from Chesterbrook to Lexington, MA)
Working remotely, great people, team building activities, recognition and monetary rewards, beautiful campus.
Senior Quality Training Project Engineer (Current Employee) – Lexington, MA – September 30, 2015
A rare corporation these days in terms of putting its money where its mouth is. Treats its employees well. Compensation = meh but there seem to be happy old-timers and newbies throughout the organization, which is in a growth spurt.
Employee activities, beautiful campus, nice facilities, great cafeteria
Various Positions (Former Employee) – Wayne, PA – June 29, 2015
If you know how to opperate in a highly political environment you will do well at Shire.
The benefits are excellent, however, if you are looking at a perminant position at the Chesterbrook office you should know that leadership has informed the employees at that location that it will not be open for very long. Probably be closed in the next two years. Many have been given notice that their positions have moved to Boston or their jobs eliminated.
How leadership/management works through this will be interesting.
Manufacturing Associate III (Current Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – September 1, 2016
The company was once stable and attracted top employees by being one of the few pharmaceutical firms that provided job security to it's employees. However, since Baxalta was purchased by Shire it has quickly shown that commitment to employees is not a focus and they have not yet increased pay to compensate for that difference in company culture.
Typical day at work was very busy, there is always something to be doing to stay productive. I went from stocking kitchens to being the only one that purchases and tracks product in my department in a years time. I had to manage my vendors and train/manage a new employee that was brought on board to assist. I had some issues with management that i was reporting to. The co-workers here were simply great. Everyone is very supportive and friendly. The hardest part was the mismanagement and insufficient salary. Other than that I enjoyed all aspects thoroughly.
Operations Associate (Former Employee) – Illinois – July 25, 2016
Too new to rate at this time. Just was acquired recently and haven't had the opportunity to fully understand what the company is all about. I am hoping over the next 6 to 12 months things will settle and see the path ahead.
Great salary, but very weak IT leadership and no career path
IT Manager (Former Employee) – Chesterbrook, PA – October 13, 2014
Shire has had approx. 7 CIOs in the last 10 years. Their newest CIO has been there approx. 12 months. Under his leadership, the old, indecisive IT management team remains in place. There is no sense of strategy or direction, and the company is now in limbo, with the proposed takeover by AbbVie in the news most recently. Furthermore, there is a tremendous lack of transparency and honesty in the IT organization.
Their salary and benefits are awesome, but if you want leadership and a career path, this is not the place to go.
salary, benefits, work/life balance
leadership, career path, organizational transparency, dishonesty
Used to be a better company to work for than it is now
Senior Pharmaceutical Sales Representative (Former Employee) – Wayne, PA – March 21, 2013
Shire is a good company that used to be better and seems to be getting worse. They have tightened their belt significantly and let go of a LOT of their sales force (including myself). They were generous to their employees during my five years with them with some room for advancement. Good benefits, an overall pretty liberal and progressive company (recognized, for example, same sex partners for healthcare benefits). But when they started focusing on cutting their sales force to save money, they brought in ruthless managers and made everyone's lives hell. The company's integrity has decreased, but their products are still solid and the company itself a savvy business.
poor, inconsistent management; poor morale; a feeling of expendability