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Depomed Reviews

Updated January 29, 2017
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Depomed President, CEO, and Director James A. (Jim) Schoeneck
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  1. "Sales Specialist"

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

    Pros

    Current bag of products is strong.

    Cons

    There is one director that thinks his region is his own fiefdom. If you aren't part of his inner circle, its difficult to advance.


  2. "Lesson learned"

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

    Pros

    Honestly, the only reason I stayed so long was because I liked some of my coworkers -- though definitely not all of them.

    Cons

    Depomed is an awful company to have worked for. Though, they say you learn more from bad experiences than good - let's just say I learned A LOT! Executive staff is all male and white and they don't like listening to anyone who isn't part of the exec team. I hardly ever got to actually do my job because we had too many people in the department trying to do something that I never got to learn my own job! You ask for help and no one wants to help you until you've failed and then it's not to actually help because they have your best interest in mind but because they want to rub your face in it like a dog.

    If you're passionate about learning more and getting good experiences DO NOT work at Depomed!

    Advice to Management

    Look to your employees for advice and opinions - we all have different experiences to learn from and you hired them for a reason, right?!


  3. "Company encourages Off-Label Promotion"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Depomed full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good contest rewards when they ran them

    Cons

    Encouraged reps to promote off-label, and despite numerous complaints to HR & Legal, no changes ever occurred. Management overpromised and under-delivered routinely.

    Advice to Management

    Revise the bonus systems to be more fair for all. All reps should promote all products.


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  5. "Specialty Sales Representative"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Specialty Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Senior Specialty Sales Representative
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Growing Company with great products

    Cons

    Benefits and work life balance


  6. "Good company to join if you are unemployed"

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

    I have been working at Depomed full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you have a good manager you have a good job. Pay is good and products are excellent.

    Cons

    If you have a bad manager, the job is awful. Had a hostile takeover attempt in 2015 which failed because the other company didn't come up with enough money. So that indicates the company is for sale to the right bidder. They forced out the previous Natl Sales Mgr and the entire philosophy of the company changed, not for the better. Rankings are determined according to sales goal attainment only not sales volume so you can be doing a great job but if you're not hitting the numbers home office wants you to hit, you're in trouble.

    Advice to Management

    Everyone should be selling every product. Rank the reps according to sales volumes AND quota attainment.


  7. "Average place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Depomed full-time

    Pros

    Good company if looking for steady work/pay check. Not much career growth opportunity. Flexible work/life balance.

    Cons

    no focus on excellence. Mediocre performance is acceptable standard.

    Advice to Management

    Look beyond filling your own pockets and restore value,profitability and confidence in the organization


  8. "Quality Employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Depomed full-time

    Pros

    Great products
    Great Leadership
    Excellent CEO
    Earning potential

    Overall just a good place to be in within the pharmaceutical industry.

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations at times
    Constant buyout target
    Could also be considered a pro but there is constant change within this company

    Advice to Management

    Focus on employee retention and development
    Remove the "what have you done for me lately" culture and short term focus


  9. "for the desperate only"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Depomed full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Chance to do some things you might not normally be able to, but you will definitely be blamed if anything goes wrong

    Cons

    The Peter Principle at work, people are elevated into positions of incompetence

    Advice to Management

    hire and promote the quaified


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Sales"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great products. Bonus structure is decent. Benefits are good. Programs are in place for managed care environment to assist in coverage are decent.

    Cons

    People are "let go" in a second. (High performers). Marketing Department. Anyone. No job security. Mid to upper management are self serving. Environment is oppressive.

    Advice to Management

    Value all people through all ranks. Middle to upper management is a homogenous, male dominated environment. DMs that should be "let go" should be severed vs. retained. Sends message to field force that management is supported regardless of legal "tight rope."


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Look Elsewhere"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Depomed full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Company has some really smart people in various functions and a good portfolio of products. Offices are also nice.

    Cons

    Highly political work environment that prioritizes form over substance.
    Low compensation compared to peers in Bay Area.
    No real incentive to excel or go above and beyond - under performers and top performers are treated the same.
    Groupthink culture created by CEO/upper management.
    Self-serving CEO/upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the few good people and get rid of the known under performers.
    Compensate everyone fairly, not just upper management.
    Wake up and realize the company is located in Bay Area and it is year 2016, not 1985.



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