XOMA Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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  1. XOMA

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at XOMA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company has a very good pool of talented scientists in development, research and discovery. The location is very good. As one of the oldest biotech companies in the SF Bay Area, XOMA has been in existence for 34 years.

    Cons

    XOMA has no commercially successful product. There is never enough funding to perform scientifically robust studies, and make advancements more methodically. Jumping hoops can be lucky sometimes, but can also lead one to fall.


  2. Great small company environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at XOMA full-time

    Pros

    XOMA is a small family environment with lots of opportunity for growth and learning. New ideas are embraced and encouraged. Senior management is very transparent about business decisions and tragedy.

    Cons

    Infrastructure is dated and it always seems like they are playing catch up. The old processes and SOPs never seem to get refreshed causing continual manual work. The feeling of operating lean is one thing, but if you don't have the tools to do your job more efficiently, it becomes a vicious circle.

    Advice to Management

    Spend some time with the right talent focusing on infrastructure. Build more bench strength that can flex with business needs. Fight through the entitlement perception getting employees engaged in being part of the solution and not the problem.


  3. Company in flux

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at XOMA full-time

    Pros

    Interesting science; some good people; good location for commuting. Supportive of personal and professional development (tuition assistance program). Good CEO.

    Cons

    The Company is in flux after a phase 3 clinical trial failure; layoffs are planned. Poor reputation as no marketed products yet after 30 years in the biotech business.


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  5. Employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at XOMA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    smaller company with lots of opportunity to learn many different things. most people are friendly and fun to work with

    Cons

    top heavy, too much uncertainty about the future and absolutely no advancement. this place would rather hire outside idiots then promote from within. upper management has a mind of its own, very high expectations with little to no reward.

    Advice to Management

    get it together!


  6. fast paced and dynamic

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at XOMA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good benefits for the most part. HR seems interested in making people happy. Plenty of work to do.

    Cons

    not enough resources. slow to make change in order to compensate for not having enough resources. poor communication amongst lower management. management not trustworthy.

    Advice to Management

    pay more attention to what is going on in the lower ranks.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Excellent colleagues, acceptable senior management

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff in Berkeley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at XOMA full-time (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 Management

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


  8. Helpful (1)

    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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at XOMA full-time (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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Good Company but lacking resources

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

    I worked at XOMA full-time (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


  10. Helpful (1)

    Don't do it

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  11. 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
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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