XenoPort Reviews

Updated April 3, 2014
Updated April 3, 2014
9 Reviews
3.6
9 Reviews
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XenoPort CEO and Director Ron Barrett
Ron Barrett
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  1.  

    Used to be a nice place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at XenoPort

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Poor vision and execution

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    Former Employee - Business  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Business in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Reasonably talented scientists; subsidized lunches

    Cons

    Chances 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 ManagementAdvice

    Consider having Vince Angotti take over as CEO and execute against his vision.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Okay

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    Former Employee - Manager of Sientific IT  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Manager of Sientific IT in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at XenoPort

    Pros

    Coworks are very friendly and cooperative.

    Cons

    Business direction is in the cloud.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Think twice

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at XenoPort

    Pros

    fast 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

    Cons

    the 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 ManagementAdvice

    could 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.

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great culture but unfortune future

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at XenoPort

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none. Nothing to say as it just laid off 50% employee, including entire research people who laid eggs for the company.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Working environment was great.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at XenoPort

    Pros

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

    Cons

    cross-function communication is not as ideal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management/leadership skills might need to brush up more.

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    was ok

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at XenoPort

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Xenoport is a nice place to work at

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at XenoPort

    Pros

    people are friendly, helpful, flexible.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    should not hire too many people especially mid-management

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    XenoPort

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at XenoPort

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Recently 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 ManagementAdvice

    Agree with the decision to downsize to give the company the best chance to appeal the FDA decision. Fight hard

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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