XOMA Reviews

Updated June 17, 2014
Updated June 17, 2014
11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Excellent colleagues, acceptable senior management

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff  in  Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at XOMA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You work for the betterment of patience. You just cant beat the feeling that you make other people's life a lot better

    Cons

    The company is trying to cut cost by cutting benefit to employees. Upper echelon is immune to benefit cut. The infantry is the one who suffer the most. Sr. Management even hire a new person with the sole purpose to figure out the best way to cut benefit as much as possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None - they refuse to listen to anybody outside their echo chamber

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Fast paced small biotech but opportunities for folks willing to put the effort in

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at XOMA full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Small company so you get to know most everyone and the atmosphere is very collegial. Lots of very bright and talented people to work with. Historically they have been good about promoting from within so if you are willing to put yourself out there and do the work there are opportunities to advance and even make career changes. Salaries and benefits good for a company of their size. Many employees are able to have flexibility in hours or even telecommute some days.

    Cons

    Resources are limited so there are not as many opportunities to go to conferences or get cutting edge software or equipment like there are at larger companies. Interdepartmental communications could be better considering the size of the organization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company but lacking resources

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    Former Employee - Supervisor  in  Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at XOMA full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Feel like you're part of a family, relax atmosphere! Lots of learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Overworked and underpaid. They really tried to stretch the resurces

    Recommends
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't do it

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at XOMA full-time

    Pros

    There are plenty of smart and talented people who work there, unfortunately the company is top heavy and the business side of the company has little to no contact with the science side.

    Cons

    Very little career growth and opportunity. The company culture is terrible, so bad that people will begin jobs there and move on a few months later.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    It is a good experience working here.

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    Current Employee - Scientist I  in  Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist I in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at XOMA

    Pros

    People generally are nice. We mostly know each other well.
    Employer offers onsite career training, from leadership, communication, to computer skills.

    Cons

    Company experienced several expension and contractions.
    Some people have experienced being laid off twice, it would be difficult to ask them to come back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be better for senior managment to put more amphasis on longterm growth, rather than short time gains. It would also help if the senior managment be more transparent about ongoing activities.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Lot of opportunities to grow

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    Current Employee - Quality Engineer  in  Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at XOMA

    Pros

    small, and able to wear many hats.

    Cons

    Company has not been doing well since i been working here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have more visible weekly metrics tied into the company goals.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A 30-year-old start-up

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at XOMA

    Pros

    There's a feeling that you're in on the beginning of something that could be big, with a lot of potential.

    Cons

    Potential remains unrealized after many years. They have some income from contract manufacturing and patents, but no successful product or their own. Consistent failure to become profitable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Evaluate what the company is good at and build on it. Don't try to become the next big biotech sensation in a rented plant.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    For the most part, not bad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at XOMA

    Pros

    incredibly talented scientists and inventors. Everyone seems to be driven to achieve getting a product on the market, and everyone is really hard working. It's nice to be surrounded with people who have a good work ethic. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Depending on your department, there may not be a great deal of flexibility in relation to your schedule. Stock prices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more options for career advancement and promotions for your employees. Some managers need to recognize their employees more for "jobs well done."

    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    mediocre

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

    I worked at XOMA

    Pros

    good work hours, good people, good location. .

    Cons

    no advancement for most people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't go into operations (manufacturing, PD, analytics). R&D is better.

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    Former Employee - Process Development Associate II  in  Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Process Development Associate II in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at XOMA

    Pros

    Somehow even though this company is on the verge of running out of money, management always finds a way to come up with financing through share dilution.

    If you're one of the lucky ones they don't layoff, you can bet XOMA will be around for a long time.

    Cons

    Management always plays politics. If you're not on the inside, do not expect to get a good merit increase or promotion.

    Senior management is untruthful about collaborative deals in terms of time frames and dollar amount.

    2 mass layoffs in the history of the company.

    They will hire people just to have an extra pair of hands around, and not hire people on their passion or knowledge about their job responsibilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Redo the entire HR process. Design a system that brings on people who are passionate about what they do to improve company moral and productivity.

    Reward people based on their behavior and work ethic and not the outcomes of specific projects. This may help people feel like politics aren't the basis for promotion.

    If you are truly trying to cut spending, stop employee 401K match and A's games.

    Doesn't Recommend

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