Exelixis

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Exelixis President, CEO, and Director Michael M. Morrissey
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nice work if you can hang

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Exelixis

    Pros

    Great co-workers; fairly good benefits package; excellent inter and intra team cooperation; competent HR; great Xmas to NYE break; good employee parties; excellent severance packages per RIF 3/2010!

    Cons

    Management from 2nd level upwards is duplicitous, self-centered and barely conscious. People's titles are ridiculously overstated, making "senior management" a sort of elite club of directors, etc. Little 2 way communication: the info dribbles down from top; input from below isn't actively sollicited. New president is just a retread of failed former president. I hold little hope for this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retrench; develop some humility; flatten the organizational structures; consider outsourcing IT to a SAAS provider; pay closer attention to how your employees feel about their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Want to work where incompetence rules? EXEL is your place!

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    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Manager in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Exelixis

    Pros

    In the biotech area of SSF
    People float in and out so you might make a good contact for a job somewhere else
    You can dress casual
    Decent benefits (but not great)
    Chance for stock profits (esp. the ESPP)

    Cons

    In Clinical Operations the management are mostly pulled from prior bench science positions and know NOTHING about how to manage clinical studies, so timelines are based on stock price solely. They try to rely on CROs but do not know how to manage them and will not support the necessary oversight, particularly if it involves travel.
    Persons with experience leave quickly as avenues for advancement are blocked, since all the upper management positions are filled by persons with no operations experience.
    Due to the fact that lab scientists were brought to operations at the same grade most titles are incongruent with experience and your team will not be able to support you any better than mangement. This incompetence extends to data management, clinical science and operations, which lead to poorly designed studies overall.
    The incongruent titles in this company are known throughout the bay area and listing this company on your CV can be a liabilty when looking for other jobs in the SF area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher persons to run the operations and science group who have at least 15 to 20 years industry experience in this field or you will continue to fail at meeting the milestones you have set and agreed to meet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Beware

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Exelixis

    Pros

    SMALL pockets of extremely talented and smart individuals.

    Cons

    Poor communication from Sr. mgmt.
    Level of arrogance that is out of line for a company that does not have a drug on the market.
    Overall lack of industry knowledge in key functional areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Gain a better operational understanding of clinical development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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