Zogenix Reviews

Updated Mar 29, 2021

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8 Ratings
  1. 5.0
    Former Contractor, less than 1 year

    FANTASTIC COMPANY & PEOPLE!!

    Jun 13, 2019 - Senior Recruiter in Emeryville, CA
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    Pros

    Zogenix is trying to help children and young adults who suffer from epileptic seizures. We received letters from parents of children who were in our trials thanking us . Some were so incredible that they brought tears to my eyes. A company that’s truly trying to make life better for those inflicted with seizures, and great group of employees & culture, and management that knows what it’s doing. A win-win-win situation.

    Cons

    Everyone is so busy that at times it’s difficult for a recruiter to get time with the hiring managers to review candidates, but this can also be a sign of their working hard to get Zogenix’s products to the finish line.

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    5 people found this review helpful
  2. 3.0
    Former Freelancer, less than 1 year

    A little disorganized

    Mar 29, 2021 - Technical Writer in Emeryville, CA
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    Pros

    Good people, good science, good jobs. Generally positive work environment.

    Cons

    Management seems a little disorganized. Goals not communicated clearly by top management. Still a decent place to work.

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  3. 4.0
    Former Contractor, more than 3 years

    Highly strategic company

    Feb 14, 2021 - Senior Patent Attorney in Emeryville, CA
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    Pros

    Very smart people who understand how to repurpose old drugs for new indications

    Cons

    Management can be fairly opaque.

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  4. 3.0
    Former Contractor, less than 1 year

    Good place to work when their products were being developed

    Nov 14, 2019 - Consultant 
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    Pros

    The culture here was fair

    Cons

    Too bad they sold their products

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  5. 2.0
    Former Freelancer, less than 1 year

    Steer Clear of Zogenix

    Aug 6, 2019 - Consultant 
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    Pros

    Decent work life balance and the CEO is lovely. Nice group of people.

    Cons

    Management is pathetic. There is no clear vision and zero regard for management within departments.

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  6. 1.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Clinical Operations

    Dec 29, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
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    Pros

    A few good employees amongst a large group of narcissistic, lazy, unethical management and executive leadership team.

    Cons

    Run far away from this company. Their competitors have far superior products and commercial plans. Zogenix lacks leadership and execution. clueless on how to run a proper Talent Acquisition program, untrustworthy, and most of all treat people poorly and unprofessionally. Zogenix leaders lack transparency and the nasty internal politics eats away at the company being able to grow and succeed. Very boring company, mico-management is commonplace.

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    5 people found this review helpful
  7. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Be careful what you wish for.

    Jan 9, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    There are a handful of really great people in the company

    Cons

    Lack of focus on the leadership. They only see the forest and never look at the trees

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  8. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    New company - not the same as 3 years ago

    Jan 29, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Good science/research, management focuses on patient outcomes and ethics which helps everyone else do the right thing. Lots of autonomy on decision making. The older negative reviews are from sales people who were hired and then let go in the same year due to poor sales results in a tough environment. The company reinvented itself the last two years and is totally different and new CEO.

    Cons

    It's a small company but that is a positive if you are more entrepreneurial than wanting a big organization to hide in. Here, your actions and results (or lack of) are highly visible. No one can float here - you have to be someone who is okay rolling up their sleeves and lifting their share.

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  9. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    Great Culture

    Feb 1, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
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    Pros

    Very entrepreneurial company – willing to take the smart risks. Strong science and patient focused. Very ethical and always tries to do the right thing for patients, clinicians and employees. Employees have a lot of independence to do their jobs. Plenty of opportunities to take on new/different projects. Skilled/smart employees who really care about the job they do.

    Cons

    This isn’t big Pharma --- it is a small, but quickly growing company so it can get very hectic and at times you will have the opportunity to/need to take on additional responsibilities or projects outside your general scope. If you don’t thrive in a stimulating, fast paced environment and learning new things, this may not be the best company for you.

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  10. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Exciting Times at Zogenix

    May 9, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Great company, everyone is very smart and dedicated. The people at Zogenix are amazing. Culture is very important to the company and the leadership keeps culture in mind before making large business decisions. There is so much potential for Zogenix coming in the future.

    Cons

    Given the timeline of the potential launch coming up and the size of the company, everyone wears many hats and has a lot on their plate. However, this is not really a con as the work is exciting and engaging and a great opportunity to volunteer for new work as it comes up.

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