Isis Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated August 12, 2015
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Isis Pharmaceuticals Chairman, President, and CEO Stanley T. Crooke
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  1. Amazing place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cutting edge company with a first-in-class technology. Easily some of the smartest people in the pharmaceutical industry. Very good salary and options packages.

    Cons

    Like any top biotech or pharma, it is not a 9 to 5, 40 hours per week workplace. If those are the expectations then this probably is not the place for you.


  2. Led by a CEO who has a huge ego and has problems trusting people and this culture percolates thru out the company.

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Isis Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The antisense technology is novel and unique with lots of potential.

    Cons

    Company doesn't care about their people, extremely negative environment, people are expected to slave on low salary, promotion tactics used by management are awful. no one seemed to be happy working there, culture is not progressive but dictatorial.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to take care of your people first , get over your trust issues and give people a fair chance. Your culture doesn't promote innovation, it is to be made humans into slaves and it's time to change!


  3. Great Internship opportunity!

    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Isis Pharmaceuticals as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The internship program at Isis is really great for not only college level students but also for high schoolers. The culture is very fast paced and you learn a lot about the inner workings of the industry. Its a great way to learn about other departments and network as well. The internship is a rigorous 3 months but at the end all the interns went jet skiing and paddle boarding!!

    Cons

    The final presentation can be nerve wracking especially with the Q/A portion but practicing a bunch and anticipating questions really helps.


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    Great Experience

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    Former Intern - Extern in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Intern - Extern in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Isis Pharmaceuticals as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting work, great people Everyone was ready to help if needed and there was always interesting work to be done.

    Cons

    When I worked there the infrastructure was not thebest with the company spread throughout 3 buildings but now that problem seems to be fixed


  6. good

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Sp in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Sp in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good to work in this domain

    Cons

    not that great compare with some industry segments

    Advice to Management

    follow directions



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