MAP Pharmaceuticals

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  1.  

    Great people developing fantastic neurological products!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at MAP Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Prior to the Allergan acquisition, the company's greatest assets were the employees from the bottom to the top. Worked at MAP and cannot think of any bad about the company. Although much has changed since the acquistion. Heard of a second round of lay-offs within the past month by Allergan.

    Cons

    The CMC issues continue at MAP's contract manufacturing organization as detailed in Allergan's complete disclosure letter which is delaying one of the best Acute Migraine therapeutics from reaching patients throughout the U.S.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good experience - glad I left

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at MAP Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great product and the opportunity to make a major improvement in medical care

    Cons

    Top executives create a working hell. Changing direction every week and thinking you are the smartest person in the room is not the way to lead. Listen to your team. Because the management team thought they were so smart - the company has failed to get FDA approval twice and will suffer through a total of 2 years of unnecessary delays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace the CEO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to learn pharma

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MAP Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    A lot of interesting projects. Have the opportunity to expose to different field and work in interdisciplinary teams.

    Cons

    Generally a lot of pressure with very tight, and sometimes unrealistic timeline; not sufficient project planning which could eventually delay the projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To have realistic expectation of the projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Caring about the job/company was never across the board

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at MAP Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Some really nice people who cared and gave all they had, but it was never truly appreciated.
    - A few gold nuggets in management, but they were handcuffed by the culture.

    Cons

    - Everyone was afraid to voice an opinion, lest there be reprisals.
    - Hours and workload utterly unsustainable for any length of time, but no one ever expected less; only more. Just unreasonable. Such a shame.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that there must be a work/life balance, and all people, even those who are quietly suffering (especially those, actually), require and deserve respect. Sometimes it seemed that the employees cared more than management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Stay away from here...

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    Current Employee - Slave in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Slave in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at MAP Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It’s a job… for now.

    Cons

    Where shall I start?
    People:
    • Many are territorial especially those employees who have been with the company in a while and are creating and contributing to the mess in this company.
    • Many are rude, tactless, insensitive, combative, and insensitive. Management and HR are aware of these employees (complaints have been noted) but these are the type of people they like since nothing is done to improve their behaviors. These employees use fear, intimidation, and animosity to subdue others.
    • Lack of collaboration. Every person for himself/herself or every “cult” of friends for themselves. There is low sense of unity or camaraderie unless you are a member of the individual cults formed around here. The key criterion for decision-making seems to be “What is in it for me?”
    • Many of the employees lack the experience as seen in going overboard on things that don’t matter and not addressing those that really matter.
    • Many are clueless. Consultants are constantly brought in to solve problems.
    • Many employees are overworked and overextended. Not due to needs to be done but the approach taken or implemented by those with authority or have influence with those of authority are the long way, redundant way, reactive way, and the only way they know.
    • Good people are working only for the sake of working.

    Management:
    • Listens only to those close to them.
    • No idea of what they want.
    • No clue of the company’s culture.
    • No conscious role modeling, teaching, and coaching.
    • Overlooks the quality of the interactions between the company employees and the interactions between employees and outside partners or CMOs.
    • Mid-level managers seem to thrive on micromanaging their employees.
    • Shows employee favoritism.

    Type of Culture clues:
    • One of the key barometers of a company’s culture and management is employee turnover. Employees are leaving in droves. Only employees with strong ties to management are staying. These are the ones who are getting promoted too.
    • The company is bringing new people in, bringing people in fast. This is constantly disrupting performance. There is no evaluation being conducted why there is an employee revolving door.
    • Too much talk. Plans are heavy on talk but light on action. In a political corporate culture, image management becomes far more important than actions.
    • Meetings, meetings everywhere!
    • Projects are constantly going in circles.
    • Morale deterioration for those that are here hoping to work and make a difference. Muted level of commitment and enthusiasm by the better employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Poor Planning, Irrational Management, Disorganized Chaos Blamed on Employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at MAP Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Few 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 ManagementAdvice

    Like 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not a good place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at MAP Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    CFO and BD and Clinical are good departments. But they just can't be good enough to make up for the systemic problems with MAP.

    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 how unhappy you were at MAP until you leave. The main issue with MAP is with respect and with fairness. Unfortunately I understood why the other comments on this site about MAP were very negative. However, the CFO and head of Business Development are extremely talented, charisma, good mannered polite men who deserve their success. These guys are very high quality and are destined for better things. However the CEO and the executives who run the actual projects have the most influence on the company and morale but they don’t have quite the same personal style or skills as the CFO and BD guy. I would strongly recommend you don’t consider MAP as a place to work. But if you have no choice then brace yourself and be prepared to work in a very unique and challenging place. It is very sad that working there does affect your overall happiness. But at least go into the interview of course very positive to be expecting to hear good things– and ask these 20 questions.

    1. Is MAP a GREAT place to work?
    2. I assume MAP is not one of those unhappy companies where many people quietly discuss with each other they would love to leave if other jobs are becoming available. Correct?
    3. I assume how people are treated at MAP (by the CEO and executives who run the projects ) is how you would like to think your mother, sister or son is being treated every day in their workplace. Correct?
    4. What do you guess the executives think they are doing to retain, respect and motivate people
    5. What do the staff think that the executives are doing to retain, respect and motivate the staff
    6. How realistic are the timelines set by the CEO and executives who run the projects? E.g. I have heard of other companies that sometimes set timelines that everybody knows are impossible – and then unnecessary serious compromises are made on other deliverables so they will be ready just in time for the big impossible event. I assume this is not an issue at MAP. Correct?
    7. How realistic is the workloads they give people
    8. How flexible is the CEO and executives who run the projects on reprioritizing and resetting goals when priorities change
    9. When companies worship goals (just because they are goals) and hate changing them – it often makes people keep working on a goal even when it’s become the wrong thing to do. I assume this is not an issue at MAP. Correct?
    10. How effective is the communication between the executives themselves – and then down to the rest of the company
    11. How experienced in the right expertise is the CEO and executives who run the projects – does the staff trust them and respect their judgment and decision making
    12. I assume at MAP like all great places to work there is no blame culture and the staff are comfortable breaking bad news to the CEO and executives who run the projects. Correct?
    13. I assume at MAP like all great places to work the management style of the CEO and executives who run the projects is respectful teamworking and supporting the staff when things go good or bad– and not a severe style with hostility and blame. Correct?
    14. I assume at MAP like all great places to work the CEO and executives who run the projects are not prone to shouting, bullying, insulting and hostility to the staff. Correct?
    15. I assume the different departments are treated equally - and the staff see MAP is a fair, respectful place to work. Correct?
    16. I assume at MAP like all great places to work, the HR offices is mostly quiet with no management complaints to deal with because MAP is a harmonious respectful place to work that is run so fairly, respectfully and rationally. Correct?
    17. I assume the CEO is working at the right level and does not micromanage. Correct? (e.g. I’ve heard of CEOs at other companies who spend time going into deep details like individual line items on junior workers workplans, or detailed research on flight deals, one at a time, just to save $100 on individual flights by adding exhausting stop-overs etc and other similar trivial things etc). I assume this is not an issue at MAP. Correct?
    18. I assume like all great companies the CEO sets a good example at the top for fairness, honesty and respect (i.e. treats all staff as team members on the same team and not insulting and hostile like enemies when discussing things like budget planning or workplans etc). I assume this positive role model style filters down through the VPs to create the great company culture. Correct?
    19. Some companies tell their workers that they have power to influence and build the company culture. But this not always possible if the CEO and executives at some companies have a very strong, overpowering and severe style. I assume this is not an issue at MAP. Correct?
    20. Finally, can you summarize for me with examples the positive impact on the company culture from the CEO and executives that everybody can see.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the culture is already fixed with very strong personalities at the top with a very harsh style, it is their natural style so it would probably need a new management team to come in and shake things up to make the culture more inline with other modern companies

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

    I would rather be homeless than work here again.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in 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 very poorly managed. I'd say Saturday and Sunday are the best part of his job, if you can manage to avoid working weekends.

    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 of unprofessional newbie executives who rule as a fascist dictatorship using fear, intimidation, favoritism and nasty politics. They are unethical, dishonest, and without class or honor. Which would all be bad enough, but they also disregard the basics of drug development and have few company standards, methods, and processes. Their inexperience engenders distrust and micro-management on a epic level that is impossible to deal with on top of actually getting the work done. Consultants and experienced people are ignored allowing the strongest personality to win by forcing their opinion using endless meetings as weapons. There is zero project management which results in a lack of foresight and long-term, enterprise planning that is appalling. Project deadlines are set at the whim of the management and then enforced with no option for adjustment despite logistical issues, major research setbacks, and serious quality problems. If they weren’t so mean-spirited and small-minded they might actually be pathetic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    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 done correctly, with thoughtful planning and adequate review. They need to stop putting their personal gain (cash bonuses and stock awards) ahead of the good of the company, the product, and the employees who they expect to work endlessly to help them make even more money. "Rewarding" employees with a $10 gift card just doesn't cut it when executives are receiving thousands of shares of stock. They need to improve benefits (try 401K matching for a start) and stop blatantly lying, stabbing people in the back at meetings, and withholding bonuses as punishment. They need to stop being petty tyrants and start being good people. This is probably too much to ask considering their personalities, so the only way to fix this company is to get a new senior management team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Fast paced with unrealistic expectations

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at MAP Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Ownership of projects
    Flexibility in work schedule
    Travel opportunities
    Friendly people
    Hard working people

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations - pace unsustainable
    Lack of Sr. Management planning
    Lack of Sr. Management understanding of what it takes to complete tasks
    Environment of knee jerk reactions
    Secretive
    Sr. management is flat, focuses on individual task list verse team approach and input.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to risk avoidance advice from staff
    Listen to experienced employees timelines (it is based on experience for a reason)
    Be less secretive and work with vendors verses trying to dominate

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    If You Really Need a Job, MAP Has Lots of Them

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at MAP Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Competitive salaries and bonus and stock options
    Great product in the migraine inhaler with HUGE potential
    Very well funded always, and now even better with an Allergan partnership
    Talented, experienced and hard-working people

    Cons

    Upper management does not communicate with staff and virtually everything is a secret
    Unsustainable stress levels imposed by upper management with arbitrary, unrealistic goals and timelines
    One-trick pony with everything riding on market approval of the migraine inhaler
    Lack of planning and endless crisis management to meet the unrealistic timelines
    Absence of trust, respect and fair treatment of employees
    The interview process can be long
    Very high employee turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the high-priced, experienced professionals you hire and take their advice
    Include the people who are going to do the work in the planning process

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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