Alexza Pharmaceuticals

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Alexza Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated November 14, 2014
Updated November 14, 2014
10 Reviews
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Alexza Pharmaceuticals President, CEO, and Director Thomas B. King
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent co-workers, good work-life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Alexza Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Alexza Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Alexza Pharmaceuticals full-time (less than an 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice company location and fantastic colleagues

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Alexza Pharmaceuticals Response

    Nov 14, 2014Vice President

    Thank you for your honesty in providing the feedback.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company; Revolutionary Technology

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

    I have been working at Alexza Pharmaceuticals full-time (less than an 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Alexza Pharmaceuticals Response

    Nov 14, 2014Vice President

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

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    Alexza Activities & Community Relations Committee does a great job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Alexza Pharmaceuticals is a good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regulatory Affairs in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Regulatory Affairs in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Alexza Pharmaceuticals full-time (less than an 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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    demanding company goals & a team of very hard working employees

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

    I have been working at Alexza Pharmaceuticals

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep working hard on the financing

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's been a huge disapointment

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

    I have been working at Alexza Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Colleagues (outside of senior management)

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drop the optics and provide transparency

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    I love working at Alexza.

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

    I have been working at Alexza Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Most of the employees care about each other.

    Cons

    Some folks take advantage of the system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look around and see who is really working hard and who makes a difference.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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

    I have been working at Alexza Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Location 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 ManagementAdvice

    Ask 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Alexza Pharmaceuticals can be a good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Alexza Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay 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.

    Approves of CEO

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