Depomed Reviews

Updated July 16, 2014
Updated July 16, 2014
10 Reviews

2.5
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Depomed President, CEO, and Director James A. (Jim) Schoeneck
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    Sales

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    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Flex Representative  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Flex Representative in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Depomed full-time

    Pros

    Small company, good environment, start up,

    Cons

    need bigger pipeline, need more employees at home office

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

  2.  

    Sexism is rife - dont be a smart female expecting to succeed

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    Former Employee - Research and Development
    Former Employee - Research and Development

    I worked at Depomed full-time

    Pros

    Most folks at HQ are good to work with.
    Basic collaboration and willingness to get the job done among bench-level folks.
    Salaries and benefits quite competitive.

    Cons

    Leadership is composed of men... only a handful of females in upper management, and even then, they report to men...
    Old boys network who look to make themselves richer while ignoring those that have to put in the hours and get the job done.
    No pipeline at all, only me-too products with no benefits over existing products.
    Back-stabbing and bullying from certain heads of department make the culture intimidating to promote any collaborative discussions and decision making in a team setting. Especially if you're an intelligent female who has succeeded elsewhere and are trying to implement your successes here.
    Do not follow their procedures or have systems that are robust. Lazy heads of departments who just want to collect a pay check.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the folks that actually do the work. Listen to their ideas.
    Nepotism has never been a useful tool in inspiring collaboration and team work, so stop doing it now.
    How about recruiting some women in to senior management?
    Dont reward those that constantly bully others and behave inappropriately - have a forum for employees to be able to report this, and have the issues confronted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    OK

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Depomed as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Good communication at the hands-on and low/middle management levels make it a friendly place to work. Depomed has some very talented people even if they aren't always recognized.

    Cons

    Upper management didn't seem to care what the employees actually did. They were just the hands that let management make announcements to business investors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give a little personal attention to your employees to keep them motivated.

    No opinion of CEO
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    Outstanding experience at this company wearing many hats in Senior position

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    Current Employee - Senior Management  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Management in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at Depomed full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    High growth, dynamic atmosphere. Very exciting, never boring. Lot's of challenges and rewards.

    Cons

    Not profitable yet, so still boot-strapping as much as possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get profitable.

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

    Management out of touch with primary care market

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Depomed as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Good products but few indications that primary care can write for.

    Cons

    Fear based employment is not the way to succeed. they want you to sell off label to make the numbers and even commit Medicare fraud with their copay card.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The revolving door needs to stop! Support your employees instead of putting their careers in jeopordy. PIP on employees but management needs to be on a performance improvement plan!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Flex Sales Rep

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    Current Employee - Flex Sales
    Current Employee - Flex Sales

    I have been working at Depomed part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good product offering with Gralise but Zipsor is just another me too.

    Cons

    Poor Managent and no clear sales direction. If ram my own business with the same lack of direction I would be bankrupt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A culture of fear to drive performance will never get the best performance from your employees.

    Negative Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company with potential, but senior management seems out of touch.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at Depomed full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some great people.
    Products and technology worth supporting.
    Good pipeline for small company.
    Good mid-Bay Area location. Moving in December 2012 to a very nice, newly renovated space in the PRC in Newark.

    Cons

    Senior management, especially the CEO, appears to be out of touch with the organization as a whole. Morale is low and there is much complaining among the ranks. Several good people have recently left or are looking to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At such a small company the CEO should be more accessible to people beyond his direct reports. And HR should be lead by someone who is truly interested in making sure the work environment is good and that people feel like they are heard.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Salaries should have been more competitive with the market

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    Former Employee - Analytical Chemist  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Analytical Chemist in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Depomed

    Pros

    It is a small company where you can establish relationships with most people at the company. Since many of the processes are not set in place, it is a great opportunity to implement fresh ideas.

    Cons

    The salaries at the bottom level are not that competitive. It is hard to bring about improvements within departments with the management in place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward the people who do a great job at the bottom since these are the people who bring results to the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    No growth or development = no motivation

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Depomed

    Pros

    - Support work life balance.
    - Some really great people.
    - Salary is competitive.

    Cons

    - Lack of accountability throughout organization.
    - Promotions not justified.
    - Performance review process needs improvement. No metrics or peer reviews.
    - Lacks adequate program for personnel training and development.
    - New personnel suggest fresh and efficient ideas for improvement but are immediately confronted with road blocks due to long time staff who are intimidated and reluctant to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the performance review process so that employees are properly rewarded for their accomplishments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you don't care for politics, then don't work for this company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Depomed

    Pros

    -people at the bench level are pleasant to work with.
    -people at the lower level are technical and knowledgable

    Cons

    -collusion between people in upper management designed to undermine others efforts;

    -lack of accountability, responsibility by upper management "Lead by Consensus" philosophy;

    -decision making is done by consensus. If you disagree with the consensus (2-3 people in upper management) you are labeled a "problem";

    -management approach is to take the shortest, highest risk route rather than the "right" approach. Often make decisions predicated on time lines rather than "correct/industry standard"" or "ethical" approach;

    --promotions through Nepotism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Foster a culture of diversity in opinion & experience rather than going with the corporate "Bobble Heads"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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