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  1. "Outstanding experience at this company wearing many hats in Senior position"

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    Current Employee - Senior Management in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Management in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Depomed full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    High growth, dynamic atmosphere. Very exciting, never boring. Lot's of challenges and rewards.

    Cons

    Not profitable yet, so still boot-strapping as much as possible.

    Advice to Management

    Get profitable.


  2. "OK"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Menlo Park, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Depomed as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good communication at the hands-on and low/middle management levels make it a friendly place to work. Depomed has some very talented people even if they aren't always recognized.

    Cons

    Upper management didn't seem to care what the employees actually did. They were just the hands that let management make announcements to business investors.

    Advice to Management

    Give a little personal attention to your employees to keep them motivated.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Company with potential, but senior management seems out of touch."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Depomed full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some great people.
    Products and technology worth supporting.
    Good pipeline for small company.
    Good mid-Bay Area location. Moving in December 2012 to a very nice, newly renovated space in the PRC in Newark.

    Cons

    Senior management, especially the CEO, appears to be out of touch with the organization as a whole. Morale is low and there is much complaining among the ranks. Several good people have recently left or are looking to leave.

    Advice to Management

    At such a small company the CEO should be more accessible to people beyond his direct reports. And HR should be lead by someone who is truly interested in making sure the work environment is good and that people feel like they are heard.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Salaries should have been more competitive with the market"

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    Former Employee - Analytical Chemist in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Analytical Chemist in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a small company where you can establish relationships with most people at the company. Since many of the processes are not set in place, it is a great opportunity to implement fresh ideas.

    Cons

    The salaries at the bottom level are not that competitive. It is hard to bring about improvements within departments with the management in place.

    Advice to Management

    Reward the people who do a great job at the bottom since these are the people who bring results to the company.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "No growth or development = no motivation"

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

    Pros

    - Support work life balance.
    - Some really great people.
    - Salary is competitive.

    Cons

    - Lack of accountability throughout organization.
    - Promotions not justified.
    - Performance review process needs improvement. No metrics or peer reviews.
    - Lacks adequate program for personnel training and development.
    - New personnel suggest fresh and efficient ideas for improvement but are immediately confronted with road blocks due to long time staff who are intimidated and reluctant to change.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the performance review process so that employees are properly rewarded for their accomplishments.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "If you don't care for politics, then don't work for this company"

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

    Pros

    -people at the bench level are pleasant to work with.
    -people at the lower level are technical and knowledgable

    Cons

    -collusion between people in upper management designed to undermine others efforts;

    -lack of accountability, responsibility by upper management "Lead by Consensus" philosophy;

    -decision making is done by consensus. If you disagree with the consensus (2-3 people in upper management) you are labeled a "problem";

    -management approach is to take the shortest, highest risk route rather than the "right" approach. Often make decisions predicated on time lines rather than "correct/industry standard"" or "ethical" approach;

    --promotions through Nepotism

    Advice to Management

    Foster a culture of diversity in opinion & experience rather than going with the corporate "Bobble Heads"


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