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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
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    Exelixis

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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

    Many knowledgeable people to work with. Small company, so great opportunity to learn a lot and do many different things. Good medical benefits. Company shuts down between Xmas and New Year so you get an extra week off.

    Cons

    Salaries are lower than industry standard. Annual and spot "bonuses" are extremely small. Company gives stock option grants, but the price per share has been dropping steadily for many years, so there is little hope that anyone will ever be able to exercise options. There is never any money for training of any kind, and rarely any for travel to conferences (unless you are in Development). Career ladder for bachelors/masters-level scientists is somewhat limited. Some managers are apparently poorly (or not) trained and are unable to solve personnel problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the career ladder for the bachelors and masters-level scientists. Adequately train people who are in charge of managing personnel so that they can deal with problems in an effective, impartial way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Exelixis

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Exelixis

    Pros

    A fast paced Bio-Pharma company that has excellent R&D capabilities and a proven track record for developing novel compounds to treat cancer and metabolic diseases. Challenging work environment and challenging work.

    Cons

    Because the company does not have any products out on the market it must rely on raising capital by licensing out it's technology, selling stock or borrowing. In these economic times, these are three difficult things to do which can create job uncertainty and instability. The company recently laid off 40% of it's work force.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management needs to work on outlicensing it's technology and raising employee moral after the recent RIF which devastated the company.

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