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  1. Helpful (2)

    Great first impression

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Akebia Therapeutics

    Pros

    Everyone at Akebia is inclusive and makes you immediately feel like you are part of the team. There are many smart people that have different backgrounds, and we've all somehow all found our way to Akebia. Even though the company is growing rapidly, people know what good looks like and implement it daily. Akebia does so many of the things you want a company to do, such as communicate, have great benefits, respect life...

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    Cons

    As we grow, it will be interesting to see how the company transforms from a learning/research organization into a commercial one.

    Akebia Therapeutics Response

    June 13, 2017Senior Vice President, Human Resources

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback! It is wonderful to hear that you are having a positive experience and that your fellow HIFsters made you quickly feel part of the team. It is exciting to be part of the company as we grow and evolve. We will all be part of ...

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  2. Helpful (5)

    Look else where if you want a career

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

    I worked at Akebia Therapeutics full-time

    Pros

    Sensible CEO. Good benefit.

    Cons

    Emotional and flipping back-and-forth decisions on important programs, demoralizing and huge waste of $$$$$$$. The last but not least, ugly stabbing in the back culture.

    Advice to Management

    Build a solid team with people who really know drug development. Good benefit may lure some people but won't retain the true talents. People using the company as stepping stone. Sad.

    Akebia Therapeutics Response

    November 6, 2018Senior Vice President, Human Resources

    I’m sorry to hear you didn't have a good experience. We communicate to all employees that our doors are always open – the management team’s as well as HR’s– and it’s sincere. It’s not clear if you raised your concerns while you were here, but had you done so, I can assure you that ...

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  3. Helpful (7)

    Major Changes are Needed

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

    I have been working at Akebia Therapeutics full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Akebia employs some great people that are wonderful to work with. CMO is fantastic - honest, clear, and decisive. Good opportunities if you can stomach the culture and rise to the cutthroat occasion.

    Cons

    Massive growing pains at this company - they’ve bitten off more than they can chew and it definitely shows. Relationships are extremely strained both within the company and out because several upper management folks have fostered relationships where sensitive information is a commodity to be guarded and treated like treasure and demands a reactive, rather than proactive, approach. HR is clearly working for the company...

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    Advice to Management

    I would advise management to really think about what needs to be done to keep its good employees - it’s a cultural shift, not retention bonuses or veiled pep talks. The culture needs to shift or the company will continue the downward spiral. Stop treating your employees like children and trust them!! Also: the software used to calculate compensation is off - you are offering far under market value.

    Akebia Therapeutics Response

    September 28, 2018Senior Vice President, Human Resources

    Thank you, we appreciate your feedback, as it gives us an opportunity to reflect on the business and our culture. When we think about our industry overall, particularly here in Boston, we see an ambitious sector that is taking on huge challenges to try to make big, meaningful impacts ...

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  4. Helpful (1)

    Amazing work culture

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    Current Employee - Manager Pharmacovigilance Operations in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Akebia Therapeutics full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Transparency within management and the hard working people.

    Cons

    Almost none about the management or work culture. Benefits could improve - Remote work policy restricted, 401k company match way too less (should be minimum at 3 percent , should have an incentive for people who walk or bike to work.

    Advice to Management

    Improve benefits.

    Akebia Therapeutics Response

    September 28, 2018Senior Vice President, Human Resources

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review! It is wonderful to hear that you are having a positive experience, enjoying the culture, your fellow HIFsters and transparency of within management. We are currently reviewing our benefits offering for 2019 and appreciate your feedback. ...

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  5. Helpful (12)

    Not worth the free lunch

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

    I have been working at Akebia Therapeutics full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Energetic professionals with diverse backgrounds.

    Cons

    Micromanagement Aggressive/bullying middle management not conducive to team building Lack of guidance Run in circles Wastes everyone's time with unnecessary tasks Poor communication

    Advice to Management

    Great company, but need to focus on end goal, rather than how to get there. There are a very few bad apples who are spoiling the lot. The trick is to identify them and address the issues. Accountability is key.

    Akebia Therapeutics Response

    February 7, 2018Senior Vice President, Human Resources

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review, and I’m sorry you are having a negative experience with a member(s) of the team. As the head of HR, I can tell you definitively that Akebia does not tolerate bullying or aggressive management practices. We’ve worked hard to build ...

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  6. Helpful (1)

    Small Company, Growing Pains

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Akebia Therapeutics full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are ok, get to wear a lot of hats.

    Cons

    Sometimes there isn't a lot of direction, very top heavy organization.

    Akebia Therapeutics Response

    June 13, 2017Senior Vice President, Human Resources

    I appreciate you sharing your experiences. Yes, we are a growing company which creates both the space for staff to take on new opportunities and wear a lot of hats as well as organizational growth, communication, and staffing considerations for the company. We have been working ...

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  7. Helpful (2)

    Salary

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Akebia Therapeutics full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Family Friendly, Flexible, Approachable and Helpful

      Cons

      Some departments could loosen up a little

      Advice to Management

      None

      Akebia Therapeutics Response

      April 13, 2017Senior Vice President, Human Resources

      Thank you for your feedback! It is great to hear you feel we are family friendly, flexible, approachable and helpful! We want all HIFsters and their families to feel comfortable and supported. We are excited to have our first Bring Your Kids to Work Day at the end of April and ...

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    • Helpful (1)

      Amazing company to work for

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
      Recommends
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Akebia Therapeutics full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Company values are very strong and reflected throughout the organization People are very friendly Good Work/life balance Fun place to work Great Location

      Cons

      So far, everything has been positive.

      Advice to Management

      Keep up the great work and positive office environment, it is contagious.

      Akebia Therapeutics Response

      March 6, 2017Vice President, Human Resources

      Thank you for taking the time to write a review for Akebia. We appreciate hearing feedback from HIFsters! We take a lot of pride and care in our culture, values and environment. I'm glad to see that this is reflected in your experience! Tamara Dillon Human Resources

    • Helpful (1)

      Growing Company on the Up

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Akebia Therapeutics full-time

      Pros

      Growing company offering the opportunity to take on more. Smart, fun co-workers from different places with different experiences. People work hard, care about the work they do, and that patient population that it is for. Interesting area of science with a lot of potential.

      Cons

      Going through small company growing pains. Hiring a lot of people. Some processes that worked at 15 people don't work anymore. Communication in larger company is harder as well. Management generally open and willing to look at and discuss issues.

      Advice to Management

      Keep focus on what is going well and what needs to be better. More communication across and within teams.

      Akebia Therapeutics Response

      March 6, 2017Vice President, Human Resources

      I appreciate you sharing your experiences. Yes, we have been growing rapidly, which while creating opportunities for HIFsters also makes us have to rethink how we work and communicate. In recent months I hope you have seen an increased level of communication and focus on improved ...

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      Akebia Therapeutics Review

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook

      I have been working at Akebia Therapeutics

      Pros

      Nice new office space and they give you lunch 2 days a weeks. Great if that's what you are looking for.

      Cons

      Very top heavy, too many bosses and not enough workers. So lots of delegation, but no real work. If you have an issue or a problem, don't expect to get any help. People work in silos. No clear path for future advancement and no really pipeline.

      Advice to Management

      Take the blinders off.

      Akebia Therapeutics Response

      March 7, 2017Senior Vice President, Human Resources

      Thank you for your feedback. We have worked hard to build an open community exemplifying our corporate value "All for One". I'm sorry your experience has not been consistent with this, and what we want for all HIFsters. As your review was posted a number of months ago (I'm just ...

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