XenoPort
3.6 of 5 9 reviews
www.xenoport.com Santa Clara, CA 50 to 149 Employees

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Updated Apr 3, 2014

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XenoPort CEO and Director Ron Barrett

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75% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Used to be a nice place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Santa Clara, CA

    ProsRon is a great guy and a strong leader. He needs to keep focused on moving drug candidates forward and earn FDA approval

    ConsThere is no current on going research program. Therefore, the long term potential for the success of this company is unknown.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease remember to value your employees, and do not lose focus of their contributions. Encourage communication within and across all departments.

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    Poor vision and execution

    Business (Former Employee)
    Santa Clara, CA

    ProsReasonably talented scientists; subsidized lunches

    ConsChances of technical success are low.
    Low compensation structure compared to similar companies.
    Won't give up on Horizant when that product is clearly going nowhere.
    Hiring at the top is a nightmare; they can't hire and keep good leaders, except for Vince Angotti.
    An old boys club.
    One of the key problems is that Ron Barrett is a scientist, not a business-savvy professional. Nice guy, but can't make effective business decisions for the good of the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider having Vince Angotti take over as CEO and execute against his vision.

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

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    Okay

    Manager of Sientific IT (Former Employee)
    Santa Clara, CA

    ProsCoworks are very friendly and cooperative.

    ConsBusiness direction is in the cloud.

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    Think twice

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Santa Clara, CA

    Prosfast paced, start-up like company though it exists more than 10 years. It has a lot of smart guys there, you can learn a lot of new things

    Consthe business has not prove itselfe yet. It just lay off half of its employees. I guess a lot of co-workers had lost a big chunk of their savings... the work place is not flexible enough.

    Advice to Senior Managementcould create more work-life balance environment to employees. overall I think they did a good job so far. No body can control test result... it's not your fault the tests failed.

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    Great culture but unfortune future

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Santa Clara, CA

    ProsIt is a very friendly working environment. Shared work and communication among different groups are good. Free soda. Used to offer free lunch.

    ConsSpending too much money on departments that didn't generate revenue, instead but just burning cash. Unfortunately leading drug did not get approved.

    Advice to Senior Managementnone. Nothing to say as it just laid off 50% employee, including entire research people who laid eggs for the company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Working environment was great.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Santa Clara, CA

    ProsThe people that I worked with was really friendly and sharing.

    Conscross-function communication is not as ideal.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement/leadership skills might need to brush up more.

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    was ok

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgood coworkers. life balanced work. great place to work and live in CA. descent compensation and benefits. good location to anywhere.

    ConsFDA disapproval makes the future miserable. stingy at lay off. was too optimistic about FDA decision and not well prepared

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep finger crossed for FDA new decision, wish all the best for sr. management in getting FDA approval and maximized the pipeline

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    Xenoport is a nice place to work at

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prospeople are friendly, helpful, flexible.

    Consmid-management team people are weak, their quality are not very good

    Advice to Senior Managementshould not hire too many people especially mid-management

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsOptimistic, energetic, and creative environment. Solid science behind the chemical compounds. Minimal politics in the work place. Generally a supportive team.

    ConsRecently unstable due to FDA decision, but pipeline should be able to provide future stability and growth. Some departments have too much influence and power which they use to advance the agendas of that department and not the good of the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAgree with the decision to downsize to give the company the best chance to appeal the FDA decision. Fight hard

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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