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Alza.cz a.s. is an e-commerce store operating in the Czech Republic, Slovakia (Alza.sk), and since 2014, in other European Union countries (Alza.de, Alza.at, Alza.hu, Alza.co.uk, Alzashop.com). t’s one of the largest online consumer electronics retailers in Central Europe with a strong stance in the toys, hobby, media and entertainment, perfume, watches and beauty segments too. It operates a chain of brick-and-mortar stores bearing the same name (Alza). The company was founded in 1994 under the name Alzasoft.

Irena Lišková tells in this piece written for GALA (Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance) how The Czech Republic's biggest e-shop Alza.cz has to apologize to the Czech Republic's biggest price and products comparison website Heureka.cz:

The first instance court (Municipal Court in Prague) decided that Alza.cz, who is the biggest e-shop in the Czech Republic, has to formally apologize to Heureka.cz, the biggest price and product comparison service in the Czech Republic, for the allegation that Heureka is risky and disadvantageous for shops advertising their business via Heureka’s website. Alza is further obliged to stop disseminating such information and it is also obliged to give up the domain bezheureky.cz (it literally means “without heureka”). The decision is not yet enforceable since Alza appealed it.

Alza and Heureka have a common history in this regard. Alza terminated its engagement with Heureka in 2016 following Heureka’s acquisition by Rockaway e-commerce group. Alza argued that by such acquisition Heureka no longer offers an independent comparison since Rockaway group owns also one of the biggest Czech e-shops Mall.cz (a direct competitor of Alza) and that Heureka is a paid private service (thus naturally not being independent). At the same time, Alza also encouraged other e-shops to leave Heureka. However, it is quite tricky for other e-shops to decide to leave Heureka since on the one hand, it is a significant source of revenue and new customers for e-shops (in particular for smaller ones not as famous as Alza), but on the other hand, such e-shops lose a certain part of their mark-up to Heureka. For this, the relationship between Heureka and e-shops advertised by it is similar to the relationship between Booking.com and the hotels advertised by it.

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PHARMACEUTICAL TECHNICIAN (Former Employee) says

"not your beneficial place.Management could care less,enviroment not of entregity,if oustspoken,subject to be repremended.No honesty.transperency, Cons: bias, hard to fit in if "not part of team""

コンピューターアナリスト (Former Employee) says

"ジョンソン&ジョンソンへの合併、吸収のため、会社が存在していません。会社のあったビルは現在、Google 社が使用しております。"

Facilities Planning Manager (Former Employee) says

"I only had a short time at Alza but it was an interesting experience. I learned a great deal. Some pro and some con. Cons: difficult to become accepted"

Clearance Coordinator/Admin. Assistant (Former Employee) says

"The concept was based on an HMO model, however, some of the benefits offered caused big losses especially in the pharmacy benefits. Cons: Overall poor managment, short sightedness of providing medical benefits."

Laboratory Technician (Former Employee) says

"Great place to work. Gained a great deal of experience understanding FDA regulations, proper cGMP and process of determining product efficacy."

Sr. Pharmaceutical Technician (Current Employee) says

"Alza / Johnson & Johnson was quite a journey for me. A typical day is when an Equipment just need a tender lovin’ .🙂 I had numerous management during my employment. But the most important thing I will always remember, is the intrinsic motivation I had that kept my job interesting. Cons: Floor management."

Sr. Process Engineer - Technical Operations (Former Employee) says

"Technology is interesting but has a very limited market; complicated device and is expensive to make. Not a place to work if you are looking for growth."

Gerente Comercial (Current Employee) says

"Negocio pequeño con los dueños al frente del mismo. Cons: Negocio"

Inventory Control Specialist (Former Employee) says

"Rewarding feeling accomplished Cons: none"

Project Management Associate (Former Employee) says

"Great company with a novel technology (OROS) for slow release of medication. It was a great place to work and had tremendous promise for implantable devices and other novel treatment technologies."

Chemist/Outsource Coordinator (Former Employee) says

"The work staff has been cut so much at the Vacaville site that it feels like everyone is doing multiple jobs. The culture feels beat down despite a lot of people doing good work and putting in a lot of hours. Cons: Leadership"

Distribution Clerk (Former Employee) says

"A typical day at work is performing the routine process operations under general supervision with instructions given for routine work to the manufacturing of clinical and commercial ALZA OROS products. I learned weighing, granulation, compressing, coating, laser drying, printing, in-process testing of drugs, chemical and intermediates and system inspections. The management are very persistent and the co-workers are okay, not all that great. Some are very lazy to even pay attention. The hardest part is learning how to operate the machines if your not familiar with the activity. The most enjoyable part of my job is making new friends with people and learning how to make medicine. Cons: healthcare"

Former Employee - Engineer says

"I worked at ALZA full-time for more than 3 years Cons: Terrible morale and although the company was acquired over 10 years ago, there are some employees who are understandably still hurt by the mishandled way that people were layed off - literally escorted out with security upon arrival to work. Also, pay was not comparable to industry standards. Way too low."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"I worked at ALZA full-time for more than 8 years Cons: After J & J buyout: Very low moral-Undervalued their employees Poor Management Not truthful about future (layoffs) Reduced benefits and perks Corp. profit ruled everything"

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"I worked at ALZA Cons: J&J did provide some good management technologies such as Process Excellence. However, I feel that a review of management outcomes over the time since J&J bought Alza would show that a "east coast (think big old school manufacturing)" vs "west coast (think innovation and high tech)" culture clash was a major motivator in the departure of most of the highly experienced Alza "long-timers", you can only do so much with a steady stream of new inexperienced people. The previous reviewers comment on the two-year rotation of senior managers from the east coast also hit the target spot on."

Former Employee - QC Analyst says

"I worked at ALZA full-time for more than 5 years Cons: Re-org caused people due for a promotion to no longer receive a promotion. The re-org caused a lack of upward mobility unless you moved outside of your own department. There was also always a sense of instability and threat of closure while working there (currently the company is being closed down by JnJ)."

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"I worked at ALZA Cons: Sometimes hard to get things done due to corporate bureaucracy."

Former Employee - Occupational Health Assistant says

"I worked at ALZA full-time for more than 5 years Cons: confidential information working for a pharm and research company"

Former Employee - Production Planner says

"I worked at ALZA full-time for more than a year Cons: The acquisition by a pharmaceutical giant eventually led to moving many of the lines produced in our plants in the US to Puerto Rico for cost savings. Things got more complicated for daily operations by merging our operating procedures with J&J's procedures."

Contractor Though July 31, 2015 says

"I worked at ALZA for less than a year Cons: Wish I could have stayed longer Lots of detail missed in accounting little opportunity for contractors to become permanent Can't think of anything else sometimes bored"

Former Employee - Associate Scientist says

"I worked at ALZA full-time for more than 5 years Cons: Upper management is really awful."

Scientist says

"I have been working at ALZA Cons: it was shut down by J & J"

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