Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

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Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated 13 October 2014
Updated 13 October 2014
105 Reviews
3.9
105 Reviews
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Regeneron Pharmaceuticals President, CEO, and Director Leonard S. Schleifer
Leonard S. Schleifer
76 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Smart people, friendly atmosphere, good work-life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Company is growing and getting better every day--business is looking up (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Beware and please note that the location has high cost of living (in 4 reviews)

  • Upper management are in an ivory tower looking down on their peons (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Wall Street success, Employee satisfaction failure

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Stock options, but if you got into the company early.
    - Company Pipeline.
    - Organization Stability

    Cons

    - Employees are treated worthless here. If you go try to discuss your future here, you will be told that there are far too many other high priority things the HR is busy with or you will be asked to find your opportunities inside or outside the company.
    - The company is playing catchup without a clear plan. They want to accomplish everything all at once. The Management is trying to accomplish too many initiatives without caring about how well they are implemented.
    - Extremely stressful environment with little respect for people.
    - Average benefits with low pay. The company feels that they are not in NYC, so they can get away with lower salaries. Beware and please note that the location has high cost of living.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Hiring is of no use if you end up driving away your current talent (attrition).
    - Lack of decision making and accountability results in projects taking extremely long to implement.
    - Micromanagement needs to go away. This is no longer the same small company it used to be.
    - Your employees deserve higher base pay.
    - One of the most horrible appraisal process in the corporate world.
    - Lacking employee development plan.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company, tough environment to start out in

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tarrytown, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tarrytown, NY (US)

    I have been working at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Brilliant business model, highly educated workforce, dynamic approach to the discovery and research of molecules.

    Cons

    No training, difficult chains of command, disorganized, big personalities, adversarial attitude between departments, little room for a learning curve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put together an immersive training program, make sure that you make people aware of their responsibilities when they begin their role, organize your hierarchy in such a way as to get synergy between functional groups, make sure that you are aware that there is an adversarial atmosphere between functional departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good technology but poor processes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Tarrytown, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Tarrytown, NY (US)

    I have been working at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The pipeline is exciting and the people are friendly.

    Cons

    The company processes are lacking and communication between groups is poor. The management cares more about getting products into the clinic then making processes more efficient and the lives of employees easier. The company also has an over-inflated opinion of itself and is not open to process improvement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage innovation, listen to new ideas, and facilitate rather than stifle communication. It would be nice if the company lived its stated core values (Regeneron 5) rather than the values being a running joke. It's amazing how fast we can move drugs through the pipeline but how slow we are when it comes to addressing employee concerns.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big Pharma - Big Fail

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Tarrytown, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Tarrytown, NY (US)

    I have been working at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The salaries are decent and the benefits are good. You could get lost for hours and nobody would never know you went missing. Nice facility and the building has a shuttle to and from Metro-North. You can always find free food from some lunch meeting (that's if you like picked-over food.)

    Cons

    The company doesn't have their act together. Agenda's aren't produced for meetings until 5 minutes prior to start time. If you're an Admin, don't consider this your job life. The assistants are treated like garbage. Very slow interview process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a better dental plan; it's amazing how all the other benefits are good but the dental is the worst. Managers should go through a training program. Everyone should be treated equal, it's amazing what people get away with working there.
    Work/Life balance is promoted here. However, you figure out that doesn't exist after being an employee within the first five minutes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok company but can do better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Tarrytown, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Tarrytown, NY (US)

    I have been working at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible working hours.
    Friendly colleagues.

    Cons

    Encountered few arrogant scientists.
    Not much room to grow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People have worked there for a long time don't seem very productive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    EXTREMELY OVERRATED.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Tarrytown, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Tarrytown, NY (US)

    I have been working at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    - Good Science
    - Laid back culture

    Cons

    - Poor pay
    - Poor work recognition
    - Poor appraisals
    - They don't know what is important and what is not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    GET FEEDBACK FROM BOTTOM EMPLOYEES EVERY YEAR.

    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Frustrating

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Operations in Tarrytown, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Clinical Operations in Tarrytown, NY (US)

    I worked at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Some good people; excellent pipeline; upper mgt exceptional in gaining funding and promoting R&D

    Cons

    Upper mgt dislikes Clin Ops, pay is low Schleifer is proud of his 'challenging envirnoment' which in this case means drive them till they drop, threaten- don't encourage or supprt, and let them drop at their desks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some experienced managers in Clin Ops, listen to them and let them manage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    look elsewhere

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    great science, many agents in pipeline, good deal making skills by senior management, always attempting to get drugs into clinical as soon as possible

    Cons

    dictatorial management, total micro-management, virtual leadership, poor communication of decisions made by senior management, little acknowledgement of accomplishments, no trust of employees,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Delegate more responsibility, empower employees, develop formal lines of communication, adopt best industry practices, spend more time developing a strategic vision of company and less time micro-managing employees, trust the experts you have hired, don't take as manay short-cuts

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mediocre growth and compensation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate
    Current Employee - Research Associate

    I have been working at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Good science, good work life balance, and good people with promising product lines. However, the ultimate test is yet to be seen.

    Cons

    Mediocre salary, benefits, advancement for non-PhD's. There is defined barrier between PhD's and advance non-PhD's (university-like environment). Little to non business communication from upper management to the little guys (non-PhD's).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more competitive salary, benefits, advancement opportunities for non-PhD's.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 10 people found this helpful  

    Not as great as hyped

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate IV in Tarrytown, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Research Associate IV in Tarrytown, NY (US)

    I have been working at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    People are generally good. Within my limited knowledge, I don't know of any back-stabbing per se.
    Pay is decent but could be better given the high living cost for the location. Benefits are good, but less than it initially looks as paid time off is combined with sick days. I rarely use sick days, but it would be nicer to know there is a bigger pool of them should I need them in an emergency.

    I think the work environment may be better/more exciting in the research division, though they are also more vulnerable in the event of layoffs.

    If you prefer a lack of structure/direction, this could be the place for you.

    The company is rock solid stable - at least until 2012, when the big deal with Sanofi could end.

    Cons

    Communication is lacking. This is perhaps because the company has not adapted to its recent growth spurt and thinks it's still really small, that information will reach people by diffusion. It does, but this is very inefficient. Clear communication of goals would be nice.

    Despite the talk and credos, innovation, at least in my area, is discouraged and things are done "as they have been done historically". I am still trying to figure out what these ways are, as they are not communicated.

    Don't be surprised if you go between weeks of being insanely overworked to weeks of insane boredom. Workload is essentially unplanned and not managed.

    The company probably will have layoffs when the current big deal with Sanofi ends. And at that point, there will be no shortage of vulnerable people because the solution to problems seems to be hire more people rather than organize, work smarter, or upgrade technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You've grown, and your organization should grow also, especially communication at the middle and lower functional levels that may be invisible to you. There are those that would love to give a lot more but are hindered by a lack of communication channels. Cater to would-be star performers, or you'll be just left with those that are there for the sake of economic stability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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