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DURECT Reviews

Updated July 16, 2017
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  1. "Executive Director, Program Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at DURECT full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    People are nice and very matured

    Cons

    Financially, not well supported or stabilized


  2. "Company is run with a very primitive management philosophy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They give a lot of holidays

    Cons

    no matching 401k but they have money to give free lunches every week and all kinds of unnecessary company events
    they're too intent on being like alza instead of being durect
    competition between each product team leads to a whole lot of not sharing information
    management is too intent on hiring people that they used to work with, instead of hiring competent people, ie if you worked at alza or syntex you can get a job easily even if you're incompetent
    management's philosophy is ridiculously outdated, they don't think we need decent computers to do our work (by decent i mean at least a pentium 4, i had a pentium 3 for christ sakes), no computer documentation was done until a few months before their first NDA filing because they believed the FDA doesn't need to see any computer data, data has been falsified many times and led to some terminations but some people are still employed
    What worked for Alza in the 70s-80s won't worked today, as shown by Alza's demise

    Advice to Management

    The most stubborn habits which resist change with the greatest tenacity are those which worked well for a space of time and led to the practitioner being rewarded for those behaviors. If you suddenly tell such persons that their recipe for success is no longer viable, their personal experience blies you diagnosis. The road to convincing them is hard. It is the stuff of classic tragedy.-Charles Hampden-Turner and Linda Arc, The Raveled Knot

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Durect Corporation"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Cupertino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are quite a few techniques to be learned here as a young scientist. The work is varied and novel.

    Cons

    I have been kept as an hourly employee (without benefits) for a very long time, despite very positive feedback from immediate supervisors and middle management. Additionally, I have very little idea about what is going on in the company as a whole because of my temporary status.

    Advice to Management

    I would like to decline from answering this question.


  4. "Praktikan"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    angenehme arbeitsatmo im betrieb durect

    Cons

    keine im betrieb durekt .