Alexza Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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Alexza Pharmaceuticals President, CEO, and Director Thomas B. King
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  1. Recent Hire

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Mountain View, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alexza Pharmaceuticals (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Top notch professionals Collaborative Strong knowledge in R&D

    Cons

    More transparency around negative news Shutting down operations to return to its R&D roots Too many silos for a small company

    Advice to Management

    Don't wait too long


  2. SRA

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    Current Employee - SRA in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - SRA in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Used to be a nice place to work

    Cons

    getting out of money soon

    Advice to Management

    Research Associate in Pharmaceutical


  3. Helpful (1)

    It has been a pleasant experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very nice people to work with. Good training program.

    Cons

    Instability of the company is a concern


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  5. Lots of work with little resources

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good group of people to work with.

    Cons

    Upper Management seems lost, unaware that employees are unhappy

    Advice to Management

    talk to employees, act like they care and tell them whats going on.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Excellent co-workers, good work-life balance

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Alexza Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Alexza Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Senior management is very approachable and willing to engage with employees. My co-workers are driven and there is a sense of camaraderie.

    Cons

    I have been here less than 6 months and so far see no cons. It is a long commute for many given the general congestion in the area but the company is welcoming of flexible work schedules as long as deadlines are met.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Nice company location and fantastic colleagues

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alexza Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Enjoyed working with and knowing of the people. They were smart and very focus and dedicated to meet company goals. Company is located near the Shoreline theater and golf course.

    Cons

    A unique drug delivery technology for drug delivery as an aerosol via inhalation pathway. But, the market is not easy to penetrate. The working environment was interesting. Traffic is heretic when coming in and leaving from work.

    Alexza Pharmaceuticals Response

    Nov 14, 2014 – Vice President

    Thank you for your honesty in providing the feedback.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Great Company; Revolutionary Technology

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - R&D in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Revolutionary Technology. Company investing in people and various community projects is commendable considering small size. HR often has free wellness projects and themes (fresh fruit, no vending machines, wellness fair, walking group, fitness classes and healthy challenges). Appreciate ownership of tasks and wonderful work ethics of people.

    Cons

    Sometimes there is delay in approvals or finishing projects due to small size of departments and multiple roles and responsibilities of senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Need to exercise full potential of the product; build a robust pipeline to attract strong partnerships.

    Alexza Pharmaceuticals Response

    Nov 14, 2014 – Vice President

    Thank you for your review. We appreciate our employees' feedback.


  9. Alexza Activities & Community Relations Committee does a great job

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alexza Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The team of over a dozen Alexza employee volunteers from various groups within Alexza have 1-2 activities every month including community relations functions.

    Cons

    Lean staffing - high expections for every employee to contribute and deliver on aggressive corporate and individual goals.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to recognize extra efforts through the various programs such as Spot Bonus Awards, recognition at All Hands meetings, etc.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Alexza Pharmaceuticals is a good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regulatory Affairs in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Regulatory Affairs in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    I 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 Management

    Keep up the good work.


  11. Helpful (1)

    demanding company goals & a team of very hard working employees

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Revolutionary 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

    Cons

    Not 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 Management

    Keep working hard on the financing



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