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Akebia Therapeutics Reviews

Updated Aug 30, 2019

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Akebia Therapeutics CEO John Butler
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10 Ratings
  1. Helpful (4)

    "Great first impression"

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    • Senior Management
     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 balance, and be flexible.

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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 Therapeutics2017-05-23

    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. "Akebia"

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    Current Employee - Manager 

    I have been working at Akebia Therapeutics full-time

    Pros

    People are extremely nice and all willing to get things down.

    Cons

    Relatively high turnover. Short on staff.

    Akebia Therapeutics2019-08-30
  3. "Excellent"

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    Current Contractor - Contractor 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Akebia Therapeutics for less than a year

    Pros

    Great environment! Enjoy going to work!

    Cons

    Hard to come up with any.

    Advice to Management

    Keep empowering

    Akebia Therapeutics2019-07-13
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Management decisions make for a shaky ship"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Akebia Therapeutics full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some nice people, some smart people, work from home policy is excellent.

    Cons

    Merger was a mess and the cleanup is underway. Decisions from management are strange and don't always make sense, company feels shaky, stock price is low and going lower, very disorganized, a lot of lip service to employees from HR. Compensation model is not accurately applied to positions, so pay is too low except for leadership team and management. They have lost a lot of their good employees for the reasons above.

    Advice to Management

    Straighten out your HR department, get your act together, make sure your leadership and management teams are solid. Executive management is out of touch and they need to get closer to the ground level so they can understand the company's issues, not just rely on what HR tells him. The employees who got folded into the company from the merger need to start carrying their own weight or leave. The company generally... needs to pull themselves together now that the merger is over. It's a bit of a mess here and the work in several areas feels like two steps forward, one step back. This was once a really good company so pull it together and get back on track.

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    Akebia Therapeutics2019-05-27
  5. Helpful (6)

    "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 Therapeutics2018-11-03

    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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  6. Helpful (9)

    "Major Changes are Needed"

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

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

    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 and not for the employees, and not interested in implementing employee feedback or obvious changes that need to be made. Development is obscure at best, and as such Akebia is hemorrhaging the good people who used to work there.

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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 Therapeutics2018-08-06

    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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  7. 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 less 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 Therapeutics2018-07-02

    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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  8. Helpful (13)

    "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 less 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 Therapeutics2018-02-01

    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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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Small Company, Growing Pains"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion 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 Therapeutics2017-06-12

    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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  10. 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 a year

    Pros

    Family Friendly, Flexible, Approachable and Helpful

    Cons

    Some departments could loosen up a little

    Advice to Management

    None

    Akebia Therapeutics2017-03-16

    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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