FibroGen Reviews

Updated May 15, 2020

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3.6
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FibroGen Interim CEO James A. Schoeneck
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Pros
  • "It’s a fast paced work environment but bosses encourage good work-family balance(in 8 reviews)

  • "The teams are focused on getting our drugs approved(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Upper management does not appear overly concerned with this(in 8 reviews)

  • "Insufficient delegation of decision making; Not a sense that employees are to be trusted and valued(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great work colleagues and work-life balance"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FibroGen full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent, friendly co-workers and management

    Cons

    Takes a long time to get projects completed

  2. Helpful (1)

    "A good company that still have space to improve"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Medical Writer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FibroGen full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good 401k match, flexible working schedule

    Cons

    More transparent on the performance review

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great department and group of managers made my experience positive"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FibroGen full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I was lucky to be part of a department with exceptional managers that genuinely cared about my career progress and always took time to mentor me. Company has great pipeline potential and offers great learning experiences. Very talented individuals all the way from entry-level, mid-level management and senior-level management. At every level, there were opportunities for collaboration and mentor-like relationships. Great experience and exposure to different types of tasks and projects. Great group of people and great team. Competitive pay & benefits Great work/life balance (at least in my experience) CEO while I was there (RIP Tom Neff) was extremely intelligent and cared deeply about the Company and its potential to help people

    Cons

    While my experience was hugely positive and I stand by the 5 stars based on my experience, there were some serious drawbacks that need/needed to be addressed: - Lack of decision-making among most senior level management or constant changes resulted in unnecessary heavy work loads at times, always seemed to happen at the most inconvenient times. - Favoritism among senior-level management was noticed even if the performance was not there - Occasional lack of accountability in various departments is a source of frustration. There were a few individuals that were known to be difficult and under-performers that didn't seem to face accountability. Some individuals were known to not show up to key meetings, not turn in their deliverables by due-dates and so on. As far as I know, no accountability was held. Note that this can be true for almost any company with 100+ employees.

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  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great Pipline, growing company with opporunties to learn and grow your career"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Business Systems Analyst 
    Recommends

    I have been working at FibroGen full-time

    Pros

    Don't let negative glassdoor comments hold you back from applying here. I have recently interviewed with Fibrogen and accepted the position. The company has great pipeline and is a growing rapidly with innovative solutions. They offer good benefits, Pay above industry rate, employee friendly environment

    Cons

    At this point no cons

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great Pipeline and Continued Focus on Employees"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FibroGen full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Innovative and first-in-class drug platforms, committed and dedicated staff- many with long service over ten years with the company, many improvements to employee benefits, employee events and introduction of a monthly speaker series.

    Cons

    Management needs to better communicate the many successes the company is enjoying. There is a tendency to make public announcements about a major achievement yet there is often little internal recognition of the event.

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Making Great Strides!!!"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FibroGen full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great group of newer and loyal employees Want to see employees and company succeed Desire to be better, continuous improvement

    Cons

    Opportunity to strengthen leadership in a number of key areas Stronger communication/collaboration needed in order to keep employees informed

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "New Hire Review"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at FibroGen full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The longevity of the employees is a testament to the overall commitment to the treatment of patients and the robust pipeline. The company has invested in its employees by continuing to improve the overall benefits and compensation packages. The increased focus on technology was also very opportunistic and timely in anticipation of a growth.

    Cons

    At this time, I have no comment

  8. Helpful (14)

    "Good Company to work for"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Clinical Trial Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FibroGen full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice people, flexible hours, beautiful location.

    Cons

    A little unorganized. Must have patience to work here.

  9. Helpful (22)

    "An honest review from someone who was concerned by GlassDoor reviews, but took the job anyways"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FibroGen full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Like many others, I read GlassDoor reviews and they weighed heavily on my mind as I walked into the interview room. Like others, I was concerned. So, as someone just like you, reading these reviews, I thought it would be helpful to future interviewees to detail my experience. Despite the negative reviews, I took a leap of faith and accepted the job offer. Coming from a previous job with an immensely toxic culture, this was not an easy decision. Every day I looked out for red flags or signs that people were being fake and effecting a happy face, but instead I just saw hard-working colleagues working toward a common goal, each one waving or smiling at me and each other as we walk past. Of course, each department is different, and no doubt you will find disgruntled workers, but overall the atmosphere here is shockingly friendly. The culture, although not defined as well as some other companies, is one of camaraderie. The work is intellectually stimulating in the Research department, which is reflected in the minimally low turnover rate of scientists here. This does not mean there are not areas that FibroGen needs to improve on, but it does mean that you should not read a review here and expect your experience to be the same, good or bad. Follow your gut feeling and don't let negative reviews from angry persons cloud your judgment without giving it a chance. Lastly, here's what those negative reviews don't tell you - they all come from one department, which currently has an immense workload due to the nature of where FibroGen's business is right now. But, do not for one second think that that means everyone in that department is miserable; it is demonstrably false. Other pros: - Independence is highly available and freely given to those who desire it and are capable of managing their own work - Engaging product pipeline (IPF, preclinical cancer therapeutics, bioartifical cornea) - Atmosphere of collaboration - Gorgeous building and location (right on the bay) - In-building cafeteria (but... the food could be better) - Yearly cruise during Fleet Week to see the Blue Angels

    Cons

    - Complacency; some management have a myopic view of how things should be done and are resistant to change - Unyielding budget; most of FibroGen's money is tied up in clinical trials and this means budget allocation only trickles down to other departments

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  10. Helpful (13)

    "Great research group"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FibroGen full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great group of people in research department. Friendly, knowledgeable, collaborative, and always happy to help. A lot of exploratory research so intellectually very stimulating. It’s a fast paced work environment but bosses encourage good work-family balance.

    Cons

    Research is a little isolated from other departments. Lacks transparency. But HR is working on improving it.

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