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Epocrates Director Reviews

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Pros
  • lots of work life flexibility and great work-life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • Providing a product that truly makes a difference and has transformed the practice of medicine (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Unstable company organization and career growth after acquisition by athenahealth (in 3 reviews)

  • Moving out of silicon valley is a huge mistake, unless the goal is to induce significant voluntary turnover (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Overall good"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Mateo, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great product, loyal users, smart people

    Cons

    The C-level management team brought in by the old CEO has dramatically underperformed and hurt the company. There are pockets of good people in the company who are struggling to perform well under their leadership (e.g. medinfo, product management, marketing, some engineering groups), but it's not as good a place to work as it used to be. The senior-level people (COO, CFO, HR) are really out of touch and don't seem to listen even to their own people.

    Advice to Management

    Remove all C-level people, start fresh with the people who care and want to make a difference.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Run for the hills"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Epocrates full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great health bennies and paid time off.

    Cons

    If you love working inside a company that has all the chaos of a start-up AND all the bureaucracy of a giant pharma company, welcome to your dream job. Senior management is deaf and inept, lacking vision while brimming with misplaced confidence. The corporate culture is toxic as it festers among the beige cubicles.

    In many ways, it's very sad to see Epocrates in such a state because there was a time when it was a very innovative company, a true pioneer in mobile healthcare. For years, Epocrates had no competition, which is bad because it stifles the killer instinct a technology company needs in order to innovate. They were successful despite themselves. Eventually, competition came knocking and Epocrates was not able to respond.

    Fortunately, Epocrates had amassed a large database of US physician email addresses which proved to be just valuable enough for AthenaHealth to acquire them. Maybe Athena can turn the company around, but it will be a long slog as they try to figure it all out.

    If you're into a job where you can disappear inside their process while sucking off the corporate teet, then have at it. You can actually work there for a long time, producing almost nothing. But if you'd rather work on products that truly transform healthcare, then look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people who know a lot more than you and empower them to do their jobs. Listen more than you speak.