Affymax Reviews

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Affymax CEO and Director John Orwin
John Orwin
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    Great place to work, but didn't focus enough on pipeline for future

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    Former Employee - Affymax  in  Palo Alto, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Affymax in Palo Alto, CA (US)

    I worked at Affymax as a contractor for less than a year


    great co-workers and management. also great culture and work/life balance


    no investment in R&D for future pipeline

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    focus on the pipeline in the future

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    No opinion of CEO

Affymax Interviews

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    Director, IT Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Affymax in November 2012.

    Interview Details

    Initially the process was well organized with a structured schedule for the interview and the folks I spoke on the phone were articulate, interesting and reasonable.

    On the interview day, met the Exec Director, followed by the Finance directors, Project Management and the current Manager of IT. Here's the deal - the place is in a need for a major overhaul. They've recently implemented a software package that has more issues than you can count on all your fingers and toes, many times over. The job wasn't' looking too appetizing at that point, but I kept my interest alive through the process.

    What I found most unprofessional was that I never heard from the company after the interview. No calls, no emails indicating what they had decided etc.. So watch out for this.

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    • The IT manager I interviewed me, asked why I wanted this job and that perhaps I should look for a VP job at another company..huh !   Answer Question
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    Easy Interview

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Headquarters Palo Alto, CA
Size 16 to 50 Employees
Founded 2001
Type Company - Public
Industry Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
Revenue £1 to £5 million (GBP) per year
Competitors Amgen, Janssen Biotech, Roche

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