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Not a bad place to work.

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

I have been working at Exelixis

Pros

The people are extremely helpful. They are always willing to offer a helping hand, are supportive of your efforts, and offer constructive criticism to help make your work higher quality.

Cons

It can be very busy with some pretty tight deadlines. They have very high expectations of all their employees. As with any company I have worked for, I am cynical of the honesty of upper management.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You can be more open and honest with the employees.

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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. 1 person found this helpful

    Saying yes is more important than knowledge

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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

    Fast decision making
    Deep pipeline
    Good people

    Cons

    Lack of big pharma experience in the senior management team
    Right now compounds are more important than the right compounds
    Meeting deadlines is much more important doing good science
    Clinical development has too many people with discovery experience and no development knowledge
    Pay is much lower than industry average unless in very senior management
    Advancement for non Ph.D scientists is not very good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Refocus on doing good science
    Reward people for their knowledge and abilities, not because they blindly do what you tell them
    Put experienced people into clinical development
    Treat staff with respect, look after them as well as you look after your own self interests

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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