FivePrime Therapeutics Reviews

Updated Feb 3, 2020

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  1. "Amazing Company with Promising Future"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at FivePrime Therapeutics full-time

    Pros

    The Five Prime team is made up of some of the most intelligent and passionate people I've ever had the pleasure of working with. They made me proud to be apart of the team. Their technology and platforms differentiate it from other biotech companies in the space, and they really let the science drive decisions. Their management team has a clear vision for the future and their confidence in the company is the kind of confidence you would want from the people leading the company. They are doing a lot to improve company culture (a 'Summer Hours' program, baby bonding time, happy hours, etc.) to be a competitive company in the Bay Area. Their commitment to diversity is also extremely apparent - they value it and celebrate it. Five Prime has also been developing a lot of programs and initiatives in response to employee engagement surveys, showing that they value employees' opinions.

    Cons

    The company is going through a lot of changes and transitions (management, new offices, etc.), so there are some difficulties associated with those. There is a clear shift in culture/identity happening in the organization and the expected growing pains that come with that are somewhat inevitable.

    FivePrime Therapeutics Response

    April 13, 2020Human Resources

    We appreciate your feedback and are glad that you find your work at FivePrime impactful. FivePrime endeavors to provide an innovative environment in which our employees can make a difference.

  2. "Great people, upper management lacking"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director 
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great people to work with, teams get things done

    Cons

    upper managements ability to make decisions and convey rational is lacking

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  3. "Great place to learn skills, mostly good people, but leadership lacking"

    3.0
    Former Employee - SRA 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FivePrime Therapeutics full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    FivePrime is a great place to acquire skills an put them into practice. Most people go out of their way to help each other.

    Cons

    There are some toxic people at the company, and leadership and HR are not doing their job to resolve issues.

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  4. "A Great Company for some"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Scientist II 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FivePrime Therapeutics full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Five Prime prioritized the science of the company and in turn prioritized the science staff. They encouraged staff to pursue continued education efforts by subsidizing the costs of school, programs, or conferences. Decent, but not great health and retirement benefits offered. Coffee, tea, and some snacks were available throughout the company.

    Cons

    The culture is still terribly imbalanced. Working with staff in other departments I learned a lot about the underpayment of staff in support roles. Sometimes salaries would be corrected and the staff saw substantial increases, but only quality staff threatened to leave. The departments are treated very differently. There was a high number of staff with Director and higher titles, but layoffs have provided some balance. Currently, the company seems to be circling the drain. Bummer.

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  5. "Good People, Toxic Management"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FivePrime Therapeutics full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great People who really cared about each other and the projects. Good culture, helpful colleagues. Enthusiasm for the science.

    Cons

    Leaders care more about personal achievement than company success. Negativity abounds. CYA became standard practice.

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  6. "Culture is toxic and top heavy."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - N/A 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FivePrime Therapeutics full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Benefit was good, 401k match & PML.

    Cons

    Culture is toxic and top heavy.

  7. Helpful (6)

    "Founder and CSO have abandoned ship after January lay-off"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FivePrime Therapeutics full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Benefits still in tact, still a job

    Cons

    Sinking ship, the smart one have found a better job leaving behind......

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  8. "Nice people doing day-to-day work, doubt about upper management"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at FivePrime Therapeutics full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Colleagues and staff are professional, friendly, with good work ethics. Company has generous benefits, convenient location and a new building.

    Cons

    Have doubts about the decisions that upper management made

    FivePrime Therapeutics Response

    April 1, 2019Senior Director, Talent Acquisition

    Thanks for sharing your perspective. We are committed to hiring top talent and providing a work environment and benefits that help our employees do their best work.

  9. "Senior Director"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at FivePrime Therapeutics full-time

    Pros

    Nice people working well together

    Cons

    Sometimes lack of transparency from leadership teams

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  10. Helpful (5)

    "Bad and getting worse"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Cove at SSF has lots of other companies nearby. Foundry and Lux is a great networking opportunity.

    Cons

    Middle management is terrible; encourages CYA for everything. Watching people do everything possible to avoid blame and responsibility is daily occurrence. Collaboration is non-existent and it is actively discouraged. Knowledge and results completely compartmentalized. People are hired and promoted based on friendships and adherence to an absolute hierarchy, not on ability, results,accomplishments, teamwork, or scientific knowledge. Management talks about embracing change, but what they really mean is embracing a system that actively discourages good science in favor of inept implementation of un-necessary and sometimes non-functional new systems by often unqualified people that someone can put on their goals/accomplishments/review. I have never been treated so disrespectfully and unprofessionally as a person in my life as I have been at 5 Prime.

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