Synageva BioPharma

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Synageva BioPharma Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
7 Reviews
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7 Reviews
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Synageva BioPharma President & CEO Sanj K Patel
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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Ask for forgiveness not permission

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

    I worked at Synageva BioPharma as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Own it attitude, and lots of responsibility, and opportunity for growth(I think) but never stayed to find out. They listened to my advice, implemented many projects and are fast moving.

    Cons

    Not willing to give out benefits, I was a temp with lots of responsibility, but similar companies ARE willing to hire with full benefits on day one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you have a "diamond" employee, take every effort in keeping them, your investment will pay off, otherwise this company may not succeed. It may be that the CEO is hedging it to be sold for the its technology, I am afraid this may be the case.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Run Away!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Synageva BioPharma full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are some very smart people here. If the CEO arbitrarily decides he likes you, you may get a lot of opportunities.

    Cons

    Everyone is miserable and the company isn't doing as well as you might think. How much time, energy, and money is wasted through treating your employees so badly they all leave? Like someone else wrote, the CEO has to go. Staff turnover is high, I guess most people don't get off on being abused and humiliated at work every day: losers. This guy has an ego triple the size of the massive chip on his shoulder. It's a great combination for learning exactly the kind of place you DON'T want to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put a leash on Sanj. Without him, it would be a great place to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Starter job but not a long term career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Synageva BioPharma full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits which make it hard to turn down. Great job to start with but most people cannot justify staying at the company long term.

    Cons

    They cannot complete with larger companies in the long term when it comes to salary. Management can be very indecisive. It is hit or miss if you will be able to move up in the company no matter how hard you work or how long you are there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Many good people, awful culture, CEO needs to go.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Synageva BioPharma full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fast moving environment with many opportunities but company is limited by an environment that does not encourage open communication.

    Cons

    Never speak the truth here, just echo the CEO and you will do ok. The biggest con at this company is Sanj Patel, without a doubt. He takes pride in firing talented people as an "example". The best people are leaving, quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of CEO and create a positive culture. Supporting good employees motivates, not threats.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you are: Smart, Focused, Driven, Hard-Working - this is the place for you!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Synageva BioPharma full-time

    Pros

    Clear company vision and mission for success. Everyone is accountable and employees that are successful at the company have a can-do attitude, are collaborative and not afraid to go the extra mile to get the job done.

    Cons

    Fast-paced environment, which is not for everyone. (definitely a pro for people that like an energized management team)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company has grown very rapidly in a relatively short amount of time - stay focused on maintaining a healthy corporate culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 8 people found this helpful  

    Literally bipolar from the top down

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Synageva BioPharma full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Exceptionally talented people (some of the best in the industry) working on a great lead product.

    Cons

    The CEO is a micro-managing egomaniac who doesn't trust the employees, generating an environment where everyone is scared. He needs to step back and let everybody execute on their jobs, and stop demoralizing people on a daily basis. There is no flexibility: if you are not at your desk before 8am and after 6pm it will be noted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Force the CEO to focus on strategy and raising money. Prevent him from managing people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic Company!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morrisville, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morrisville, NC

    I worked at Synageva BioPharma full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong benefits and compensation plan

    Cons

    Somewhat traditional with regard to work schedules

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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