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Affymax Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
9 Reviews
3.9
9 Reviews
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Affymax CEO and Director John Orwin
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  1.  

    Great people to work with

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Manager in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    People have great communication and collaborative minds. there are no barriers between departments and everyone sincerely wants to have a great quality product.

    Cons

    There is nothing really to say. this has been one of the best places I have worked at. I wish it was the same at every company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has been great at supporting personal growth and communication. My director is flexible and reasonable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work, but didn't focus enough on pipeline for future

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    Former Employee - Affymax in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Affymax in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Affymax as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    great co-workers and management. also great culture and work/life balance

    Cons

    no investment in R&D for future pipeline

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on the pipeline in the future

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good collaboration between departments, good benefits and bonuses.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Affymax full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Smart, intellectual workers, informative senior management from CEO to Director levels

    Cons

    One product company, with no prospective pipeline. Lost good people during commercial product failure. Joint meetings between departments were often confrontational, and difficult to sit for several hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have better clinical folks that can interpret patient data

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to work if you're in management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Affymax full-time

    Pros

    Paid well, great bonuses. Spent money as if rained from the sky

    Cons

    Poor management from middle to senior management levels. Many first time directors with little to no previous management experience resulting in effective leadership and poor decisions and finger-pointing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Company Overview

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Great salary. Great bonus payouts

    Cons

    micro managing; weak leadership, california based pharma companies dont know how to run a business. they just want to wear jeans to everything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit being so afraid of the competitor, afraid of being sued, afraid of the FDA and sell.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great opportunity for scientists and technicians

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate II in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate II in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Affymax full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Intellectually minded managers and supportive environment

    Cons

    Bought out by large pharma

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great company work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Affymax

    Pros

    Great benefit
    Friendly environment
    Effective communication with management

    Cons

    Not many projects work on

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build more strong scientific teams

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Future for Affymax after Hematide is murky

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    Former Employee - Research Associate IV in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate IV in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Affymax

    Pros

    It has a peptide drug for anemia that is likely to be approved by the FDA. The drug has efficacy, low cost of goods, and is a good candidate for Medicare preference for the treatment of anemia for the dialysis patient population. The safety profile and monthly administration of the drug is a big advantage over the currently marketed drugs for anemia.

    Cons

    No more research for new targets for new drugs in the pipeline. All work was focused on the one drug; what is next? Unless a new target is identified, there isn't much for people at Affymax to do. They already laid off 95% of the researchers, so all that history and expertise is gone. It seems to be solely focused on getting Hematide through the trials, and now that they are ready to submit data to the FDA, what happens to anyone who isn't in sales and marketing?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the company to Takeda and make some money for the stockholders, or start up R&D again. The latest worry about cardiovascular effects really caused the stock to tank. Can it be explained, or are there changes that can be made in the administration of Hematide that would ameliorate that effect? Try some positive spin in the marketing approach.

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Fair

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Affymax

    Pros

    Good industry to be in

    Cons

    Poor management at senior levels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so hierarchical with your technical staff

    No opinion of CEO

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