MAP Pharmaceuticals

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Poor Planning, Irrational Management, Disorganized Chaos Blamed on Employees

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

ProsCo-workers are intelligent, pleasant, and committed to MAP's projects and purpose
Attractive campus
Complimentary food and beverages
Promising product platforms

ConsFew forward-thinking, realistic plans
Conflicting priorities and directions given to employees
Communication and decision disconnects between management
VPs micromanaging directors and staff, often with disparate goals
Employees pushed to compensate for poor corporate planning and conflicts

Advice to Senior ManagementLike so many others who have posted here, the craziness of MAP is even more clear to me now that I'm away. It's a very unpleasant place, with many dedicated but unhappy workers. I've heard the same frustrations voice over and over again across departments and levels of organization regarding unrealistic expectations, an obsession with fault-finding and blame, a lack of understanding when high-risk decisions lead to problems, and a real failure to appreciate the good and hard work people do. Management occasionally takes a few minutes to thank everyone for their hard work, but that doesn't mean the approach to poor planning, poor resourcing, and unrealistic timelines ever changes. I've heard so many people say, "No matter what I do, it will never be enough here." The high rate of attrition also makes it hard to do the job right in such a small company--resources become further constrained and with each departure, more history and seasoned experience is lost. I would give this advice to the "leaders" of MAP:

Think ahead, and don't assume that you can bully teams into producing quality work in any timeline you choose, especially when you keep changing team goals and directions. Decisions need to be made in appropriate time frames for people to stay on schedule. Give your teams clear communication on where and how to focus, and stick to it--you actually can't have everything, and if you want more, you must staff more. Stop reactionary, punitive management--your teams are great, they just need clear and reasonable missions. HEAR what people are telling you, and believe it--you can push and seem to get your way, but there will be (and have been) repercussions in your staff and in your schedule. Stop wasting people's time with workplan templates, especially when project plans already exist. Back off and let senior management do their jobs without your constant involvement. We are competent professionals, not puppets.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Not a good place to work

    (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    I worked at MAP Pharmaceuticals


    Pros: CFO and BD and Clinical are good departments. But they just can't… Cons: It was by long way the worse place I ever worked. Now I am working in a respectful company again. You do not fully realize… Advice to Senior Management: the culture is already fixed with very strong personalities at the top with a very harsh style, it is their natural style so it… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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    I would rather be homeless than work here again.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at MAP Pharmaceuticals


    Pros: Very few pros; however, most of the people at the mid to lower levels are great and the product is a good idea but… Cons: If I could give this company a zero on the rating system, I would. The dysfunction is nearly indescribable. Senior Management is made up… Advice to Senior Management: Management needs to stop expecting things to be done right away to meet arbitrary, often disconnected time lines and instead focus on ensuring things are… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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