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Shire Reviews

Updated 21 June 2018
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Shire CEO Flemming Ornskov, MD
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Pros
  • "Supportive management with a strong emphasis on development, welfare and work/life balance" (in 55 reviews)

  • "Flexibility good benefits good 401k" (in 80 reviews)

Cons
  • "Relentless schedule - no work / life balance" (in 37 reviews)

  • "Shire changed radically with the move to Boston and the acquisition of Baxalta" (in 23 reviews)

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  1. "Loving the London Shire experience."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Patient Service Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Patient Service Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good team, straight management, low politics, good hours, good benefits.

    Cons

    Have not found any yet. It is a relatively new team, but we really work well together to learn about the business.

    Advice to Management

    Knowledge transfer files would be really useful to onboard quicker and also task ownership matrices as in who does what when.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Shire full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working, Good products & pipeline

    Cons

    Many changes in company footprints and strategic direction, very high workload and poor recognition, still very much a clivage between L-Shire & L-Baxalta

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Utter chaos"

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    Current Employee - Commercial in London, England
    Current Employee - Commercial in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    people are really nice but everyone is doing 5 jobs

    Cons

    senior management try to ignore mass exodus and add to workload of existing staff

    Advice to Management

    take care of current employees or they will walk too!


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Sr Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Shire full-time

    Pros

    Strong focus on patients, hard working and smart colleagues

    Cons

    Pace of change feels relentless


  5. "I Love working at Shire!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in London, England
    Current Employee - Associate Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, Mutual Respect, Creativity, Innovation and unpredictable!

    Cons

    Long hours but worth it for what you achieve.


  6. Helpful (12)

    "High staff turnover. Relentless pressure"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tech Ops in Paddington, England
    Current Employee - Tech Ops in Paddington, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good office location. Free fruit in canteen. Costa just round the corner. Good restaurants nearby. That’s about it really ...

    Cons

    Employees are not valued. Under resourced - expected to fit critical projects on top of existing day job with no support. Treats employees like an expendable resource. In my opinion does not put patients first in reality. Very commercially focused - tech ops are treated like a “back office function” ie not important. Awful company.

    Advice to Management

    Resource projects properly. Reward employees who have given up their whole Easter weekend to deliver a critical project (without so much as a thank you!)

    Shire Response

    17 Apr 2018 – Chief Human Resources Officer

    Thank you for taking the time to provide a company review. We sincerely appreciate your feedback. We are disappointed to hear of your experience. If you wish to speak to further about this, please... More


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Mixed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Shire full-time

    Pros

    Great product and most employees genuinely care and want to contribute to better the lives of patients;
    Lots of committed professional driven employees

    Cons

    High degree of amateurism and too commercial in its approach,
    doesn't want to be an industry trailblazer, focussed on making its sales numbers
    Weak executive management with arrogant attitude and short term thinking

    Advice to Management

    Show responsibility and humility
    Pay Equal importance to patients and personnel
    Create a genuine ethical business culture and inclusive employee culture, not just nicely wrapped up progams

  8. Helpful (6)

    "A shareholders company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Shire full-time

    Pros

    Rare diseases
    Some great people
    With high attrition there are some good career opps

    Cons

    US centric
    Recent announcement of up to 300 USD 'savings' the company will try and achieve until 2023 - will no doubt mean cuts in all sorts of places
     very shareholder reactive
    Some bullying behaviors observed in parts of the business and senior leadership

    Advice to Management

    Short term view for the business
    No employee focus, and any focus on employees is to address recent shareholders concerns


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Average organization inside a fascinating activity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Shire full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary range according to market
    Rare Diseases and Specialized Pharma business with all it charms
    Fantastic staff

    Cons

    Reward an recognition systems not very efficient
    Mediocre training and lack of know-how
    Company focused on its shareholders, not its employees

    Advice to Management

    The organization has fantastic and motivated staff, but fails in the recruiting of the top managers. The whole organization is focused in the value for the shareholder not employee training and satisfaction. The enterprise has short term vision


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Hard work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Shire (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Dynamic, great experience, good package, flat management structure, lack of bureaucracy, able to get things done easily.

    Cons

    Constant changes of direction, office location and leadership are exhausting. There is a lack of respect for people's personal lives and a lack of gratitude and loyalty from senior leaders to committed and talented employees. You get the sense everyone is expendable.

    Advice to Management

    Consolidate and execute. Stop with daft spin offs etc.
    Change was needed but now it's going too far, too fast and unnecessary. Being driven by investment bankers now, hunting fees, rather than common sense.


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