Onyx Pharmaceuticals – Why Work For Us?

Based in South San Francisco, California, Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a global biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development and commercialization of innovative therapies for improving the lives of people with cancer. At Onyx, we are grounded in three leadership hallmarks that guide how we manage our business and build value for patients and shareholders:  innovation, patient-centeredness and stewardship.

  • Innovation:  We are expanding innovation beyond science to focus on rethinking each aspect of the way we serve patients.
  • Patient-Centeredness:  We are here for patients, and everything we do is in service of them and their families who are waiting for breakthrough therapies and innovative approaches to treating their diseases.
  • Stewardship:  We are thoughtful in how we plan for and manage our resources, partnerships and people, including our financial and operational discipline, how we engage with and attract strategic partners, how we govern ourselves, in our commitment to corporate citizenship by supporting the communities in which we serve, and in the development of our employees into leaders.

Patient Access

Onyx is committed to helping patients gain appropriate access to our medicines. 

The Resources for Expert Assistance and Care Helpline (REACH®) is available to answer questions about Nexavar treatment, reimbursement, and patient support.

Onyx Pharmaceuticals 360™ (Onyx 360) is a program designed to help patients navigate their treatment journey, including reimbursement and payment support, treatment support and referrals to third-party organizations for day-to-day and emotional support.

Our People

Onyx has more than 500 employees in the United States and Europe, and is growing.  Learn more about careers at Onyx and who we are as people, our values and what we stand for -- the patients who are waiting for us to develop treatment options.

Onyx is an Equal Opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.


We demonstrate respect for each other, patients, healthcare professionals, collaborators and shareholders, and are guided by our steadfast commitment to treating others as we want to be treated. We value and benefit from a diversity of people and opinions.


Individually and collectively, we are responsible for our decisions and actions and for achieving our goals. We are accountable to ourselves and our colleagues — both internal and external — and in particular to the patients, healthcare professionals and shareholders whom we serve.


Our commitment to doing the right thing is unwavering. Ethics, honesty, fairness and trust are at the heart of every decision we make and every interaction we have with others.


Our culture encourages and supports teamwork, cooperation, and honest and timely communication to ensure the highest quality results. We are open to new ideas, views and approaches, and consider our flexibility key to our continued success.

Personal Fulfillment and Satisfaction

We believe the fundamental strength of Onyx lies in our people. We are committed to attracting and investing in the professional growth and development of our employees and to fostering an environment that is professionally challenging and personally rewarding.


We honor our commitments and act decisively and consistently to deliver outstanding results. The ultimate measure of our performance is how we improve the lives of people living with cancer.

At Onyx, our success begins with our employees. The progress we have made as a company reflects the talents of the individuals who have come together to develop possible new therapeutics for treating cancer.

We are proud of the dedication and accomplishments of all our employees, and we demonstrate our commitment to fostering a working environment that is collaborative, respectful, encourages accountability, expects integrity, rewards performance, and promotes personal fulfillment and satisfaction.

Onyx is seeking talented and dedicated individuals of the highest caliber who are passionate about the pharmaceutical industry and driven to change the way cancer is treated.  We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer who respects individual differences and recognizes each employee as an integral member of our company.  Our culture is one where everyone can learn and develop personally and professionally.

If you have an interest in becoming a member of our team, please review our open positions and submit your resume/CV for a position.


Onyx Pharmaceuticals is committed to providing employees with a comprehensive benefits package that offers participants high-quality healthcare at a reasonable cost to employees and the company.

Benefits Philosophy

  • Provide benefits that are competitive
  • Provide benefits that attract and retain highly qualified employees and encourage them to perform optimally
  • Provide benefits that align employee contributions, rewards, and stockholder value creation
  • Provide benefits that support Onyx's Core Values and culture

Benefits Offered

If you join the Onyx team, you will be offered a comprehensive array of benefit programs designed to grow with you and your family. These benefit plans are our way of demonstrating our commitment to employees as their careers grow with us.

Full-time, regular employees who work a minimum of 30 hours a week and their dependents are eligible to participate in all of our health plans. Health benefits start on the date of hire or on the first day of the month following employment, depending on the plan. All regular employees qualify for holiday, sick and vacation benefits (pro-rated for part-time employees).

  • Medical (HMO & PPO), Dental & Vision
  • Short & Long Term Disability
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Medical and Dependent Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Voluntary Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Incentive Stock Options: New hire, Ongoing, and Promotional Grants
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • 401(k) and Employer Match
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Up to $5,250 Per Calendar Year
  • Wellness Benefit
  • Company-Wide Holidays, Additional Paid Time Off, and a Floating Holiday
  • 3 Weeks Accrued Vacation
  • 10 Sick Days
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee Referral Awards

Onyx Pharmaceuticals believes that benefits are an essential component of the total compensation program. All benefit programs are reviewed annually and all decisions/enhancements support Onyx's core values and benefits philosophy.

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    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Onyx Pharmaceuticals (South San Francisco, CA).


    This is the most disorganized, unprofessional organization that I have ever came in contact with for a job. It started off with a phone interview with a very rude recruiter who wanted you to pretty much express how Onyx is the best thing since sliced bread. She acted like you needed to prove your worthiness to work for Onyx. She asked me three or four times why I wanted to work for Onyx as if my answer would change? Weird...At the end of the call she discussed salary requirements and asked me to think about a lower number because their benefits were so awesome. I said no thank you and she told me to think about it and in the mean time she would schedule me a second phone interview with the Associate Clinical Director. She never called to schedule an interview so I had to email her and ask if they were still interested. She called me and scheduled a phone interview. I had a great phone interview with the Associate Director and was told that I would be getting a call in a couple days to schedule an onsite interview. I was never called. So I emailed the recruiter to touch base and did not receive a response for a few days. When she finally responded she told me that the Director decided that she only wanted to interview local candidates. I emailed her back and let her know that I was moving to San Francisco that same week, so I am a local candidate. No response. Look, if you want to only hire local candidates, that's fine. But don't waste my time with all this pointlessness if that's the case. If the interview process is this disorganized and indecisive, I imagine actually working there is worse!

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Additional Info

Website www.onyx-pharm.com
Headquarters South San Francisco, CA
Size 500 to 999 Employees
Operated By Amgen
Founded 1992
Type Subsidiary or Business Segment
Industry Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
Revenue $50 to $100 million (USD) per year

Based in South San Francisco, California, Onyx Pharmaceuticals is an Amgen subsidiary, engaged in the development and commercialization of innovative therapies for improving the lives of people with cancer. At Onyx, we are grounded in three leadership hallmarks that guide how we manage our business and build value for patients and shareholders: innovation ... More

Mission: At Onyx Pharmaceuticals, an Amgen subsidiary, our imperative is to build a leading cancer therapeutics company like no other, working toward a unified goal that drives us forward…to deliver breakthrough cancer treatments to patients with the urgency they deserve.

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