I worked at DURECT full-time (More than 10 years)
People are nice and very matured
Financially, not well supported or stabilized
They give a lot of holidays
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management's philosophy is ridiculously outdated, they don't think we need decent computers to do our work (by decent i mean at least a pentium 4, i had a pentium 3 for christ sakes), no computer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
There are quite a few techniques to be learned here as a young scientist. The work is varied and novel.
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.
angenehme arbeitsatmo im betrieb durect
keine im betrieb durekt .
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