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Shionogi & Company, Limited (塩野義製薬株式会社, Shionogi Seiyaku Kabushiki Kaisha) is a Japanese pharmaceutical company best known for developing Crestor. Medical supply and brand name also uses Shionogi ("シオノギ"). Shionogi has business roots that date back to 1878, and was incorporated in 1919. Among the medicines produced are for hyperlipidaemia, antibiotics, and cancer medicines.


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Former Employee - Sales Associate says

"Management is terrible and no future. Revolving door"

Former Employee - Sales Representative says

"Micro managing. No culture. No trust in Sales Representatives based off my personal experience. I would speak to current employees before committing to working there."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Constant layoffs. They load you with more and more work until you crash and they let you go. Stay away from this company, unless you like the Japnese hierarchy. Weak products with bleak future."

Medical Sales Representative says

"restructuring every year. No job security, Lose a lot of loyal hardworking talent"


"A bad or inexperienced manager or poor leader can severely limit your growth in this company. If you are not in management, what you have to say doesn't matter. Line management supports line management, don't expect any support, even if you have a legitimate manager concern or process complaint. I was told to let it go and get back to work to keep my job. This is not an environment for experienced persons. Any slight deviation you are labeled how hard you work management just won't let it go."


"-Inexperienced leadership, lack of direction, constant change -Leadership spent most time brown-nosing Japan and delegated all work downwards -No inward development of employees -Toxic workplace. Employees encouraged and rewarded by promotions to report on other employees, manipulative people succeed well. True talent a threat to inexperienced people with ambitious agendas. -Cliquish and management operated like a popularity contest."


"no loyalty to employees, Poor communication, poor project management, quick to judge and dismiss employees, very little room to grow, unrealistic expectation of employees when it comes to time management and output."

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Poor upper management, continually changing ICP plan so that no one makes bonuses...its an awful horrible place to work."

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Very unorganized for a pharma company"

Anonymous says

"Too many layoffs, reorganizing, divesting and executive level changes."

Former employee (Former Employee) says

"Job will never go permanent, it is posted at least once a year. The department is at best, poorly managed. Petty, rude, backstabbing, that pretty much sums up the HR department. You are wasting your time at this company. Trust me. RUN!"

Professional Sales Consultant (Former Employee) says

"Shionogi has a very aggressive and demanding attitude toward territory sales consultants. They seek out and hire managers that are loyal to corporate zeal rather than as coaches to a team. Managers that dared to balk at what corporate was demanding of sales teams were fired. Managers who threaten your employment, demand more (more calls per day, more evening programs, more detailed reports/busy work with "fire drill" deadlines). The work life balance is's all work, work, work. Corporate events are lavish and they do spend and spend, they just don't listen. I worked with great people who ultimately left...those that remain are entrenched and have little choice but to stay since they've been there so long. The best part of this job is when I left and joined a company that treats me like a human.They put money into marketing campaigns and lavish meetings.Little to no respect for the employees."

Pharmacovigilance Consultant (Former Employee) says

"Controlling, manipulative, fickleness, spiteful and toxic. Run! Most unprofessional environment I have worked in. Revolving door in dept, don't fall for the charisma."

Executive Sales Representative (Current Employee) says

"This company is run by an outside of the US company which does not have experience in the US. Reps are treated very poorly. There is no chance to make money. No one is rewarded. Reps are taken for granted. Very underpaid.great product to promoteterrible culture"

SPECIALTY CONSULTANT (Current Employee) says

"Horrible company... Would never recommend this company to anyone No job security No professional development Leadership is deceitful.. No transparency"

Senior Specialty Sales Representative (Former Employee) says

"I worked there when it was going through a lot of restructuring . Culture was good for a while but pipeline was not good. Some of the management at the time was not good."

Analyst (Current Employee) says

"They tend to let people go, no one is safe and people just disappear and people don't talk about it. It is hard to be comfortable in a job like that, but I did learn an enormous amount."

Pharmaceutical Sales Rep (Former Employee) says

"called on 8 to 10 pediatric offices a day detailing at least 3 products per call.Learned alot about thinking like a customer and how to sell with passion. I have learned building relationships is huge and to never be afraid to ask for the buisness.My past managment was great I had 3 different managers all whom were very different but helped motivate me and mold me into a great sales professional.I loved my co-workers I have many strong relationships with in the company still that will be life long friends.I would say the hardest part of the job was the uncertainty of this particular company. It seems as though they where always trying to weed people out without a reason or explaination.Most enjoyable part of the job is getting to do what I loved to do everyday. Interacting with people and selling products that i truely believed car, gas, maintance computer, cell phonebonus structure, always laying off"

Clinical Trial Manager - Infectious Diseases (Former Employee) says

"The company has a reactive approach rather than a proactive approach, decisions are made by their parent company. Lack of communication, poor treatment of employees and agency partners, non-competitive salaries, no true focus of the patient, not customer oriented, highly financially driven organization,Small pharmaceutical organization with potential opportunity for growthmanagement are overly concerned with reports as opposed to simplifying successful strategies"

Senior Manager, Pharmaceutical Sciences (Current Employee) says

"Small company, but with a big pharma culture. Needs to be more entrepreneurial in spirit. Siimilar to a virtual company in the US, managing projects in the US and abroad."

Purchasing Manger (Former Employee) says

"this company is no longer in business as it has been bought out by another company - same owner, different name. They did a lot of clinical trials and publications.not in businessnot in business"

IT (Current Employee) says

"As stated above Compensation is pretty decent with benefits, but the employee tunrover is very high. Management change over night, I have seen entire departments being let go. Departments dissolve easily. Unpredictable company future.Compensation and BenefitsLife Balance and Company future"

Specialty District Manager (Former Employee) says

"Company mislead the sales force about the potential of upcoming products to get us to not look for new opportunities even though they knew they were going to be firing people."

Professional Sales Consultant (Current Employee) says

"Promoted a product for women who have approached menopause. Traveled with in NM and El Paso TX promoting product to 130 targets in the area. Typical day entailed the usual pharma expectations...but I always do more. Management was good and helpful. The hardest part was the large territory and travel. The most enjoyable part was being good at what you do and becoming a part of the offices you call on and becoming someone they trust."

Staff Accountant (Current Employee) says

"Shionogi Inc is the subsidiary of Shionogi & Co, which is a pharmaceutical company with headquarters in Japan. This company is dedicated to developing medicines that protect the health of patients worldwide. The work is challenging and this company has a great work/life balance."


"As a Pharmaceutical Sales Rep, I had a territory that included parts of 3 states, Pa, WV, and MD. My primary targets were pediatricians, but I also marketed to primary care, psychiatrist, and ENT offices. This job taught me patience, a lot of waiting in doctor offices throughout my day. I had a very good manager that even though he was hours away, was always available and would reach out weekly to ask out our week. I was fortunate to have experienced co-workers that helped me out during my first couple of weeks in the field. The most challenging part of my job was getting into see non prescribing doctors. The most enjoyable part was when I was able to earn commitments from those same doctors.Company car, opportunity to get into the pharmaceutical sales fieldbeing dowsized, drug formularies"

Professional Specialty Sales Representative (Former Employee) says

"Company culture was great. Benefits and salary were below industry average. Direct and regional management was great. Overall management of the company was OK but lacked longterm planning and pipeline focus.culturepay and benefits"

Professional Sales Consultant (Former Employee) says

"sales of pharmaceuticals called on doctors and medical staff' trained new hires and tenured employees on hardware and software traveled in territory between sb and slo"

High level (Former Employee) says

"Management is a revolving door Turnover is EXTREMELY high, you wont see more than a handful of people with more than 2-3 years there. Entire departments turnover every 2-3 years Shionogi USA was around before, closed, and tried again.... Working with the Japanese was a good experience Bonuses were good, but declining Company sold off most of their drugs -= perhaps to keep things afloat Only drug they have on the market is Osphena and it is doing extremely poory (Sales staff have been cut...... again)Good experience, people are nice, benefits were good2-3 years max, burnout is highly likely, bonuses are decreasing, high turnover, crestor cliff is starting to show (Shionogi depended on Crestor royalties heavily, but that is ending now - back ups for Crestor cliff have been unsuccessful to date"