Alexza Pharmaceuticals
3.2 of 5 6 reviews
www.alexza.com Mountain View, CA 50 to 149 Employees

Alexza Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated Dec 13, 2013

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67% Approve of the CEO

Alexza Pharmaceuticals President, CEO, and Director Thomas B. King

Thomas B. King

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60% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Alexza Pharmaceuticals is a good place to work

Regulatory Affairs (Current Employee)
Mountain View, CA

I have been working at Alexza Pharmaceuticals full-time for less than a year

ProsThe senior management team at Alexza makes a very valid effort to engage and thank employees for their efforts and hard work. Employee morale is managed via various company events, and a level of transparency is established by sharing the goals, strategies, and challenges facing the company. Joint employee meetings serve as platforms to introduce new team members, ask questions, and share up to date company matters. This is quite refreshing and effort towards this level of communication is much appreciated. Additionally, feedback from employees is continuously requested.

The VP of HR is doing a great job in being accessible to the employees at all levels which sets the tone for the organization's culture. I am truly glad to be part of the Alexza team.

ConsI am not sure if the company goals are tied to a set of behavioral core values such decision making, results orientated, etc. These core values once tied to the goals will allow the organization to put certain behavior expectations into place which will allow us to see how the work is done within the organization rather than just measuring the work completed.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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demanding company goals & a team of very hard working employees

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Mountain View, CA

I have been working at Alexza Pharmaceuticals

ProsRevolutionary technology
Excellent CEO & management team
Collaborative teams
Smart employees
Dedicated teams despite financial challenges
Great work environment - Alexza hours, community service like Family Giving Tree

ConsNot all employees appreciate what management does for the Company
Balance sheet is not enough for all of the programs
Past layoffs make folks jittery

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep working hard on the financing

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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It's been a huge disapointment

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Mountain View, CA

I have been working at Alexza Pharmaceuticals

ProsColleagues (outside of senior management)

ConsSenior management lacks credibility. They've over promised and delivered nothing.

Advice to Senior ManagementDrop the optics and provide transparency

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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I love working at Alexza.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Mountain View, CA

I have been working at Alexza Pharmaceuticals

ProsMost of the employees care about each other.

ConsSome folks take advantage of the system.

Advice to Senior ManagementLook around and see who is really working hard and who makes a difference.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Alexza needs to pop its head out of its own cloud.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Mountain View, CA

I have been working at Alexza Pharmaceuticals

ProsLocation is nice if you don't mind the traffic and rude partons when a concert is being performed just down the road.
There are some really hard working folks there who really want to see and help facilitate the product success and who can be a joy to work with.

Cons-morale of employees is extremely low.
-most of upper management is not interested in taking the time to fix things correctly and like the 'bandaid' approach.
-HR is definitely not looking out for the employees' best interest and are not a resource to go to with employment issues.
-environment is too stressed and physically too compact for any 'elbow room' or privacy when needed.
-organization of departments needs a lot of review and work.
-ratio of management to non-management is unrealistically way off balance.
-most departments don't take ownership of issues and etc.
-communication between departments is almost non-existant

Advice to Senior ManagementAsk your people how they're doing. Listen to what they have to say. Show some effort in trying to understand the general impression of how your people feel about their jobs. Back up your people when they ask for help. Assist in trying to find answers to problems instead of trying to find the best person to point a finger at. Acknowledge the hard work of ALL the departments including the ones who are mostly just 'support' for the others.
More transparency, specifically and in general, would help with everything.
Review your golden parachute agreements.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Alexza Pharmaceuticals can be a good place to work

Research Associate (Former Employee)
Mountain View, CA

I worked at Alexza Pharmaceuticals

ProsThe work they did was of a huge value to society and our community.

ConsMost managers seem to be supporting their bosses, and not their reports.

Advice to Senior ManagementPay attention to those with high work ethic; stop criticizing people who are perceived as "working too hard". Most likely they are making up for the workers who are not.

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