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IPSEN Reviews

Updated 13 February 2019
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Pros
  • "Management is paying attention to work- life balance and people development" (in 8 reviews)

  • "Mid-size multicultural patient-driven company where everybody counts and is asked to make a difference" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "des charges de travail fluctuantes et savoir prioriser peut" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Lack of experience and professionalism within senior management in the UK" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great 1st month with Ipsen"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President Human Resources in Slough, Buckinghamshire, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Vice President Human Resources in Slough, Buckinghamshire, South East England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IPSEN full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    High energy and passion for patients, people and pipeline

    Cons

    Could be more structured and aligned

    Advice to Management

    Align before making decision


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Mostly enjoyable but not always treated fairly"

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

    I have been working at IPSEN full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Growing business with lots of potential
    Excellent people within the business below the management level

    Cons

    Training could be requested but never offered
    Want to be seen as a great place to work but be wary if managers decide your face doesn’t fit any more
    Lack of good quality office space
    Long hours worked with little or no thanks

    Advice to Management

    Value your people more or risk high staff losses
    Formulate proper plans rather than making rash decisions and changing the bar regularly

  3. Helpful (8)

    "Could be so much better!!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IPSEN full-time

    Pros

    Small nimble business that can react quickly to changes in the market place
    Keen to develop people from within the business and often look at the attributes of the person more than the qualifications / experience (role dependant)
    Patients matter and the company really try to do everything they can to benefit the patient
    You are not restricted by your job role, the company isn't very big and therefore you are exposed to many different projects / tasks which is great for your breath of experience
    The new building refurbishment has been completed to a very high specification and overall working at Ipsen is a nice environment
    Senior management are very accessible and happy to talk with any employee within the business
    Slough is recognised as a global head office and therefore there development to work from here as a global colleague
    Personal development is very important and not just talked, you do have to drive this personally but if you want to develop you will be encouraged
    You are empowered within you role and accountability sits with the projects lead / department
    Team work within many of the departments / divisions is strong and communication is open and frequent
    Global colleagues are often very keen to work with the UK affiliate and often come to the UK to champion new projects

    Cons

    Lack of experience and professionalism within senior management in the UK
    Decisions can be made too quickly such as restructures leading to an atmosphere of fear and unknown.
    The restructure carried out last year was very unprofessional and many people who had worked for the company for a long period of time lost their jobs and were treated very badly.
    People being promoted too quickly leading to a lack of depth in people's experience.
    Majority of the UK business has very inexperienced employees and often new
    People do not seem to be valued, very experienced people are leaving the business that have made senior management aware they are unhappy and nothing is done to retain employees, even those that are well respected
    People are very focused on their next role and not the role they are currently in, leading to difficulty getting the job done and often people are seen to be out for themselves
    Feedback on individuals is not taken seriously by the company and many people have left due to one or two people within the business
    Promotions after very short periods of time within role, there is no personal learning on projects / role and leads to a culture of looking good now and not your ability to complete / follow things through
    General lack of professionalism within the business, swearing, personal information not being treated as such
    Lack of policies / procedures and if there are any the are very out of date and often refer to old software

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and act when people say they are unhappy
    Ensure promotions are given to those that deserve it
    When their are vacancies ensure you employee good people


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Very exciting place to be."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Marketing in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IPSEN full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Huge momentum and a Bold ambition to perform even better than our existing performance.
    Dedicated individuals who are committed to doing the best thing for the Patients we serve.
    A portfolio of products that support the ambition of the UK board.
    Opportunity to progress and move to different departments within Ipsen.
    Good salary , Car scheme and other incentives.
    New digital tools slowly being rolled out and much better HR systems now in place.
    The Bath Road site is good, flexible working and relaxed environment.

    Cons

    Very busy and lots still to do. Need to have an agile mindset and happy with a degree of ambiguity.
    Pipeline is healthy but not sure what’s coming next.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the momentum up , reward all employees not just Sales force, Be realistic with what can be delivered with the headcount we have.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "A great company moving forward with a lot of investment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wrexham, Wales
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wrexham, Wales
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IPSEN full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of investment going on site to expand with exciting portfolio being developed. Initiatives and links with other sites, good collaboration. Many opportunities to develop. Site leadership is engaged and helping drive improvements and good team culture

    Cons

    A lot of change at once, can be exciting but one to watch


  6. "Great company with bright future that welcomes hardworking and motivated individuals"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Commercial Operations Uk&Ire in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Commercial Operations Uk&Ire in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Clear direction and ambition for the business. Opportunity to develop and learn is there if you want to take it. The growth of Ipsen means that it is a hugely exciting place to be with so much potential. I definitely feel part of the future of Ipsen and there is a strong sense of commitment to doing the right thing for our patients as well as the business.

    Cons

    The ambition and pace of growth means it is a busy place with opportunity to stretch up but if you aren’t willing to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty it’s not the right place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the focus on improving culture and people-centric projects you have started. It’s good to see but still work to do to keep the improvement.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Changing for the better - new senior leaders should listen to what’s been said here"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IPSEN full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits - improving all the time
    Some very hard working talented people doing a lot of the work to make the company successful.
    Solid established brands with launch brand in exciting phase
    New Slough office is fantastic following refurb -a great environment

    Cons

    Thankfully two previous senior commercial leaders have been moved away from the UK business and the mood has changed palpably . The negative reviews on here are 90% valid over the last 2 years and not just poisonous ex employees . Some genuine talented people with extensive experience have left as they were marginalised bullied or quite simply weary of fighting a losing battle to do the right thing
    The ‘ restructure ‘ at the end of last year was not just a bit of a car crash but illegal and how certain individuals have got away with how people were treated is still something many of us have struggled with . A full HR review of what has gone on here and some rigorous training in HR policies amongst all managers from 1st line to Executive level should happen as redress for this . A women in leadership programme is being pushed ,for example, but if you are over 40 you were deemed past it by previous senior leaders . Young talent is fantastic and needed but a mix is what makes the optimum organisation . Diversity is not just about your gender but also race , age , sexual orientation - basic HR knowledge for most of us ! The good news is there’s a real positive feel around new senior UK leadership so expect to see real progress and a change in reviews on IPSEN . It’s has so much potential -

    Advice to Management

    global leadership team - listen and act .

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Digging my tunnel!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Manager in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IPSEN full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Hard to see any, lots of available desks to sit at!

    Cons

    Shambolic management inexperienced HR, excessive turn over, smoke and mirrors everywhere

    Advice to Management

    Be honest. Drop the hype and acknowledge the mess only then may be you can correct things. Most manager are newish but please don't just play the false hoods of the past lot find a way more sincere.


  9. "HR Shared Services Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IPSEN full-time

    Pros

    Bold
    Clear direction
    Inclusive
    Transformative
    Engaging
    Strong Leadership
    Everyone matters
    Have your say and be heard
    You can make a difference

    Cons

    Interim phase where work space is at a premium whilst building work is underway


  10. "Great Opportunities for dynamic and flexible people"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IPSEN full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunities to expamd your role and progress are everywhere in this organisation if you want to find them. Great executive leadership.

    Cons

    Some middle managers do not put in the effort to ensure their new starters and team have a good experience joining the company.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time encouraging managers to take ownership. There is great talent waiting to be harnessed.