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Achaogen Reviews

Updated September 13, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing Company - A Breath of Fresh Air!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Achaogen full-time

    Pros

    Incredibly smart group of people. Transparent and approachable leadership team. Decisions made at the right levels. Fast paced and interesting work with a lot of opportunity to shape strategy. Good work life balance and collaborative culture!

    Cons

    It's a company that is growing fast, I hope the culture is maintained.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the culture!


  2. "Amazing Company and Culture!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Achaogen full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Smart people that you want to work with and learn from
    High growth
    Fast paced
    Collaborative, but not overkill
    Results-oriented
    Accountable
    Culture team made up of employees, not just managers or HR
    Reasonable and realistic amenities and goodies
    Open work spaces with couches, hang out spots to have impromptu meetings
    Good advanced technology and support
    Not a lot of red tape and huddles to get things done
    Standard work spaces have electronic stand/sit desks and 2 monitors - Cool!
    Massages on-site
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Need to improve the Wi-fi and mobile reception - they are working on it
    More conf rooms - hard to have space
    Improve gym amenities with more classes or reimbursement to choose a gym
    Some of the Senior Leaders are not as approachable as others

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and keep growing!

  3. "clin ops is toxic"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Achaogen full-time

    Pros

    The ceo is nice but removed from being able to effect positive change

    Cons

    Clin ops has a revolving door for a reason; the management is lacking and expects 24 hour/7 days a week on call yet not compensated for this. MDs arent even expected to be on call for these hours. This routinely burns staff out.

    Advice to Management

    replace clin ops management and do some solid audit prep


  4. "Achaogen - the place to be!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Business savvy leadership.
    Commitment to employee development.
    Transparent communications.
    A+ culture.

    Cons

    I see no cons to working here. Highly recommend Achaogen.

    Advice to Management

    I love what I do because of what you're doing, and how you're doing it. Keep true to your / our core values.


  5. "What a team!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Achaogen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    All star EC
    Passionate and scientifically rigorous research team
    Experienced development colleagues
    Culture strongly supports development of staff

    Cons

    Lots of opportunities in a rapidly growing organization. Suits ambitious high-flyers.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the culture as we grow
    Continue to give junior team members opportunities


  6. "Senior Clinical Research Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Achaogen full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Feels great to be a part of a growing company where people are passionate and ambitious. Work-life balance is AMAZING! Great colleagues with supportive team members. By far one of the best companies I have ever worked for.

    Cons

    It's not central to Bart or walking distance to the Ferry, but shuttle service is provided and the ferry is a short bike ride away.

    Advice to Management

    Management team is thoughtful and genuinely care for their employees. My advice, continue to appreciate and show your gratitude. It will result in motivated, happy employees and decrease turnover.


  7. "Great, values driven biotech with mission to build a world class antibiotic portfolio"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team to work with and an experienced management team. Company and hiring mangers keep the bar very high when recruiting both from a technical and a cultural fit perspective. Potential hires are purposefully exposed to a broad range of functions in the hiring process so that both the company and they can understand if they are the right fit. Management is very mission driven and values employees very highly. Company values and a focus on patients informs all decisions from the BoD on down. Science leads the way and teams focus on finding truth. They do this by making decisions efficiently and then executing rapidly to a very high standard.

    Cons

    Fast moving environment that will not suit all people. Resources are constrained due to the size and stage of the company so the expectation is that everyone at all levels of the company think strategically and carefully about direction and programs and follow-through with high quality execution. You need to be strategically agile but also very good and executing to thrive here. If you can do that then this will be a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the focus on patients, science and becoming a leading company within the anti-infectives space

  8. "Great mission and people"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Antimicrobial resistance is a serious and rapidly emerging global health threat
    - Achaogen has great science and people
    - Experienced, collaborative and transparent senior management
    - Located in South San Francisco in the heart of biopharma innovation

    Cons

    - Limited food options in Sierra Point

    Advice to Management

    Keeping attracting and retaining great people as the company grows. We don't want to lose our amazing work culture.


  9. "Great Place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Achaogen full-time

    Pros

    Supportive place to work with a great work life balance

    Cons

    It's a fast moving company and a high level of flexibility is required.


  10. ""Fantastic company to work for""

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great Culture, fun environment, and I would consider my co-workers friends
    - As the company grows, there are always problems to solve and interesting projects to work on
    - Leadership cares about staff development
    - Great benefits

    Cons

    Since being here I have not come across anything that I would consider a con

    Advice to Management

    - Continue focusing on attracting and retaining great talent
    - Continue to drive employee engagement thru transparency


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