Exelixis Reviews

Updated May 11, 2015
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Exelixis President, CEO, and Director Michael M. Morrissey
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  1. Good company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Exelixis full-time

    Pros

    Small company, great people within the drug safety department

    Cons

    Must wear many hats as it is a small company


  2. Executive Director

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Director in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Director in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Exelixis

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good environment, very focused, and science orient

    Cons

    not good in management, finacially out of control

    Advice to Management

    no


  3. Used to be a company full of hardworking smart people

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Exelixis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Employees are great, salary is excellent

    Cons

    The top notch upper management of years past is gone. CEO is scattershot with actions.
    If the drug ever makes it big time, then this place will take off again.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    People are seemingly hired and laid off as part of an overall strategy rather than cross-training.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Exelixis

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great use of automation and for a time, a wonderful depth of genetics knowledge throughout the company.

    Cons

    Once assays were set up by hand, many managers were reluctant to automate anything, despite high repetitive stress injuries.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the long-term development of the people, and their loyalty will give you the FDA approval you crave faster than any "focus on execution" or other popular phrases I've heard.


  6. Helpful (1)

    OK Place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Exelixis

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Small but challanging work place.
    Learn a lot in short time
    Supportive colleagues

    Cons

    As usual, all Biotech companies are risky.

    Advice to Management

    Look after the interest of employee as much as yours. Majority if the people wok there are good people.


  7. Great potential but great risk.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Exelixis

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fast pace. Good opportunities for lower level employees.

    Cons

    High risk since no projects have reached filing stage.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on fewer projects to maximize chance of success.


  8. fair

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist II in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist II in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Exelixis

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    starup enviroment, chance of success

    Cons

    instability, need more transparency in the management

    Advice to Management

    break it or win it next year


  9. Helpful (1)

    Exelixis had high-quality scientists but over time the business plan failed.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Exelixis

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    High quality scientific peers, potential for success in clinic, good benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of commitment to employees, grew too much and had to undergo many layoffs.


  10. The company has a lot of nice people to work with, only if they recieve better and clearer directions;

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Exelixis

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    the company has a lot of nice coworkers to work with;
    Some promising projects;
    small company envirenment;
    comparable compansations and benefit;

    Cons

    unclear direction from upper management;
    some employees were not hired for the right experties;
    Minimun or limited communication from upper management;

    Advice to Management

    The upper management should understand the important of hiring the right experties for the right position;
    The company is on such a tight budget, wasting time and resource to train people on the job is not the best practice right now; probably in the future, when the company is in better position.


  11. Helpful (1)

    A good place to work as long as you hustle...

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Exelixis

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - fast-paced decision making; little of the glacial pharma approach
    - emphasis on "critical path" goals
    - generally good colleagues
    - opportunities to learn

    Cons

    - expected pace of work and of timetable for deliverables is kind of ridiculous sometimes
    - sometimes projects come (and go) without clear reasons why (at least not clear to the little people)
    - definitely NOT a nurturing/"we care about the little people" kind of place

    Advice to Management

    Communicate important company news and goals more often, more clearly. Show that you care about your employees as people rather than as cogs.



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