FibroGen
2.1 of 5 15 reviews
www.fibrogen.com San Francisco, CA 50 to 149 Employees

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Updated Mar 17, 2014

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Thomas B. Neff

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14% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good place to work

    Principal Scientist (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat finances and great people to work with. Company has a home run anemia small molecule drug that will pay off on stock options when the IPO happens. Really nice facilities and labs and good benefits now instituted in the last year. Company has no money problems but is reasonably tight with expenses too.

    ConsCEO runs everything and has for 20 years. He's done well and you will never see him or hear much from him but he calls all the shots - research, deals, finances, cap equip, etc, etc. Lots of people will retire after the IPO if they have enough stock options

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet the IPO out and on the market

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

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    The FibroGen Reputation

    CRA (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsThe building is nice and in a good location. You have access to a cafeteria and a gym on site. The benefits are decent. Salaries are good.

    ConsUnfortunately, the bad reputation of this company precedes itself. The clinical department is a revolving door. Money dictates every decision. The bitterness of low quality is felt long after the sweetness of low cost is gone. Toxicity trickles down from the executive level. There are only two types of people at this organization; the ones with power, and the ones without power. Unfortunately, most people are powerless.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you want to recruit and keep top talent, the culture must change. The change has to come from the top.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Mostly good

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgreat team, supportive directors, great salary, good location, gym, and cafeteria

    Conseverything having to do with contracts and budgets is SLOW and the selected vendors for studies are bottom of the barrel

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep pushing for bigger study budgets/better vendors!

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

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    Mediocre science, mediocre employees

    Scientist (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat location, the building is very nice.

    ConsThe science is almost non existent. There is no pipeline and very little basic research. The science is not publishable in even the lowest quality journals. Management is stifling, the best ideas are never followed up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSell your assets to a real biotech company who knows how to develop drugs for the clinic!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not a good company to work in very closed minded environment.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPossible IPO and payoff and working on some biotech breakthroughs.

    ConsFar too much backstabbing and complete lack of creativity. CEO who should be replaced by someone with more people skills.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou will never attract or let alone retain smart and talented people unless you do a serious culture shift.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Interesting

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsOpportunity to learn outside of the standard job role

    ConsChallenging timelines for projects given

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    FibroGen experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsNice building and great views. Close to public transportation.

    ConsCompany is extremely budget conscious particularly with travel expenses. Employees are expected spend a lot of time researching the lowest fares for hotels and airfare. CEO is always late to meetings and keeps staff waiting for hours.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShow more appreciation to employees who work hard and put in long hours by providing better bonuses and incentives.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Biotech or Real Estate Company?

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLocation in Mission Bay is very Nice.

    ConsNo Pipeline, No Scientific Management, No Basic Research

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to spend money to make money. Doing business on the cheap will insure you dont finish ahead of the pack and there is a pack doing proly hydroxylase antagonists.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The most toxic company I've ever seen

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsSalary isn't bad and the drugs have potential.

    ConsUpper management sets the tone. Many people walk around feeling very insecure since people often "disappear"... as in get fired, for seemingly no reason. Leaves everyone wondering if they are next!

    Advice to Senior ManagementHow about a little transparency. And what is with having to get CEO approval to spend any money? And having to pay for parking does not engender warm feelings.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Worst place I've ever been

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsLocated in San Francisco and a pretty good location. Great view of the bay.
    Very interesting pipeline with a lot of potential (it's just too bad they'll never be able to execute their trials and get anything to market).

    ConsToxic environment and culture. Management is horrible and doesn't treat employees well. Turnover rate extremely high and puts turnover rates at CROs to shame. Turnover is so bad, there is no continuity on studies for people internally or in relationships with services providers or sites. No mentoring and room for advancement. Little progress on studies because management will not sign off on budgets and expects service providers to work for free. Some people are nice, but in general, this place makes the beast in everyone come out. People are mean. There is no sense of team work or collaboration. No amount of money is worth working there. The stress and anxiety of working here will kill anyone who was previously sane. Everyone who knows something about this company before going in says "how bad can it really be?" And, most of those people don't last more than a few months. For some, only a few days before they turn around and walk right back out.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a new CEO who knows how to execute clinical trials and foster a better working environment.
    Hire good people, and then let them do what they do best. Quit hiring the bad people who don't know how to do the job, but are the only ones willing to go work there.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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