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  1. "administrative"

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

    Pros

    very good and ethical staff and management

    Cons

    resource constrained so could require long hours

    Advice to Management

    try to resurrect withdrawn product


  2. "Operations"

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

    I worked at Affymax (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Diverse opportunities with a product-driven company.

    Cons

    High-risk product portfolio with limited financing opportunities.

  3. "Great people to work with"

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People have great communication and collaborative minds. there are no barriers between departments and everyone sincerely wants to have a great quality product.

    Cons

    There is nothing really to say. this has been one of the best places I have worked at. I wish it was the same at every company.

    Advice to Management

    Management has been great at supporting personal growth and communication. My director is flexible and reasonable.


  4. "Great place to work, but didn't focus enough on pipeline for future"

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    Former Contractor - Affymax in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Contractor - Affymax in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Affymax as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great co-workers and management. also great culture and work/life balance

    Cons

    no investment in R&D for future pipeline

    Advice to Management

    focus on the pipeline in the future


  5. "Good collaboration between departments, good benefits and bonuses."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Affymax full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Smart, intellectual workers, informative senior management from CEO to Director levels

    Cons

    One product company, with no prospective pipeline. Lost good people during commercial product failure. Joint meetings between departments were often confrontational, and difficult to sit for several hours.

    Advice to Management

    Have better clinical folks that can interpret patient data


  6. "Good place to work if you're in management"

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

    I worked at Affymax full-time

    Pros

    Paid well, great bonuses. Spent money as if rained from the sky

    Cons

    Poor management from middle to senior management levels. Many first time directors with little to no previous management experience resulting in effective leadership and poor decisions and finger-pointing.


  7. "Company Overview"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great salary. Great bonus payouts

    Cons

    micro managing; weak leadership, california based pharma companies dont know how to run a business. they just want to wear jeans to everything.

    Advice to Management

    Quit being so afraid of the competitor, afraid of being sued, afraid of the FDA and sell.

  8. "Great opportunity for scientists and technicians"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate II in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate II in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Affymax full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Intellectually minded managers and supportive environment

    Cons

    Bought out by large pharma


  9. "Great company work for"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefit
    Friendly environment
    Effective communication with management

    Cons

    Not many projects work on

    Advice to Management

    Build more strong scientific teams


  10. "Future for Affymax after Hematide is murky"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate IV in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate IV in Palo Alto, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It has a peptide drug for anemia that is likely to be approved by the FDA. The drug has efficacy, low cost of goods, and is a good candidate for Medicare preference for the treatment of anemia for the dialysis patient population. The safety profile and monthly administration of the drug is a big advantage over the currently marketed drugs for anemia.

    Cons

    No more research for new targets for new drugs in the pipeline. All work was focused on the one drug; what is next? Unless a new target is identified, there isn't much for people at Affymax to do. They already laid off 95% of the researchers, so all that history and expertise is gone. It seems to be solely focused on getting Hematide through the trials, and now that they are ready to submit data to the FDA, what happens to anyone who isn't in sales and marketing?

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company to Takeda and make some money for the stockholders, or start up R&D again. The latest worry about cardiovascular effects really caused the stock to tank. Can it be explained, or are there changes that can be made in the administration of Hematide that would ameliorate that effect? Try some positive spin in the marketing approach.