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FivePrime Therapeutics Reviews

Updated April 28, 2017
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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Good CEO, Middle management not so great"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Science Driven
    CEO has a good vision and is willing to listen

    Cons

    Middle management plays a lot of politics in project decisions
    Undue focus and reward on the loudest individuals/ employees not necessarily the most consistent, quiet or best team players.
    Wage disparity.

    Advice to Management

    Should enable more visibility into how rewards, bonus and promotions are decided. And reward the low key employees who really make a difference without necessarily trying to grab attention all the time.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "senior research associate III"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    People are awesome to work with. Company has been growing and everything seems exciting.

    Cons

    No rhyme or reason why one person in a group is promoted while others with more experience, more responsibility etc, are not. Need to do a lot of self promotion. For a small/medium company they don't help you promote or seem to care if you will stay when you try to pursue, why not me?

    Advice to Management

    There are several employees that are "nice" and not "self-promoters", try seeking them out and helping them out.


  3. "Awesome and friendly work environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FivePrime Therapeutics part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Clean spacious work environment, tea & snacks, company outings, gym, personal computer to use during down time, and friendly overhead and staff

    Cons

    there is nothing bad I can say about the company

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


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  5. Helpful (9)

    "Failure to complete"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FivePrime Therapeutics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some people are really engaged and love their jobs. The worker bees are great to be around and make work good.

    Cons

    HR department doesn't support raises or increasing benefits. Upper management is mostly seen as inept. Drugs are not advancing into the clinic. CEO talks about strategy but doesn't say what that strategy is. CEO talks like everything is great, but seems upset with everything. Don't see any career advancement in place.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to erase the culture of retaliation if an employee brings up honest issues - you will be seen as a problem. Stop saying we can't afford to do certain benefits and make it happen. We don't believe you when we can see what you make.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "The usual growing pains of a growing company that is struggling to survive in a down market."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    People are generally fun and easy to get along with. Intelligent and capable management group with lots of potential. Medium sized company with small company feel where everyone knows everyone.

    Cons

    Workload is not evenly distributed. Career development is not emphasized. Difficult to move up within the organization. Five Prime does not support continual education and growth. Promotions aren't necessarily merit based. Morale is generally fairly low.

    Advice to Management

    Morale is very low, so motivation to do work is lacking. Those that put in the most work want to feel more appreciated, not less. Too many folks with idle time, reallocation of FTE is necessary.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great and friendly place to work."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    The average age of the employees is below 40. It's a very dynamic atmosphere, where upper management cares about the success of it's employees.

    Cons

    They generally hire only entry level personnel. The work, although is cutting edge, it is very repetitive.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Fiveprime has a failure to thrive"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    People are fun and generally really nice. Job/career/ project growth is possible with hard work and a little luck.

    Cons

    Lack of strong leadership. Lack of INDs. Lower than average pay without acknowledgment by the executives.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees. Make some good project decisions, we are counting on your knowledge and leadership.


  9. "Best company I have ever worked at"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FivePrime Therapeutics full-time

    Pros

    Supportive work environment. All opinions welcome. Minimal politics.

    Cons

    Some growing pains as the company is expanding into more clinical research


  10. "Things have changed"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist
    Current Employee - Scientist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FivePrime Therapeutics full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some great people...across the board. Great scientists and RA's. In the early days, people worked long hours and it was an exciting time...the days would fly by. The CEO is both inspiring and respected.

    Cons

    Politics, accountability issues, lack of transparency, and loss of trust. Standards are set then not adhered to. Like a previous reviewer mentioned, good work often goes unnoticed and unacknowledged. Very difficult to have open conversations about career/growth opportunities. No real sense of being on a team anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Thank people publicly and often, do not wait 6+ months to acknowledge good work. A simple thanks at an all hands meeting costs nothing to say, and often is as valuable as a spot bonus.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Managers with no management or biotech experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FivePrime Therapeutics full-time

    Pros

    Small company, clinical phase so they offer perks so employees don't leave but....

    Cons

    I agree with many of the reviewers. This is not a team environment. As others have stated, if you "align" with the right people and advertise your efforts, you may have no experience or deserve a promotion, but you'll get it. Politics, politics, politics. Culture is terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Put people in management, at all levels, that actually have work and management experience. Check your ego at the door and provide training, before promoting someone to manage people. Catering to certain higher ups shouldn't be the basis for promotion.


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