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Marvelous place to grow...until the Amgen acquisition.

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Current Employee - Associate Director  in  South San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Associate Director in South San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Onyx Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

Many dedicated people. Some departments retained intact and still functioning well. Best corporate cafe EVER.

Cons

Departures resulting from acquisition seriously affecting morale for everyone. Many unplanned departures in addition to the RIFs. Need to improve change management strategy if retention of employees is important to the Onyx subsidiary's long-term strategy.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

If retention is a goal, refocus on the people as opposed to business synergies and and don't ignore the emotional and mental strain of the acquisition. Onyx employees wanted to work for Onyx, which was in many ways the antithesis of Amgen, so glossing over the change rings false. Find ways to "sell" Onyx employees on Amgen so they don't continue to depart en masse. Channel some Tony Coles warmth and charisma during town hall meetings.

Recommends
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

Other Reviews for Onyx Pharmaceuticals

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    Onyx Tenure

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    Former Employee - Regional Director  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Regional Director in Washington, DC

    I worked at Onyx Pharmaceuticals full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Biotechnology, intelligent, wealth of knowledge

    Cons

    Unstructured, too laid back. Prime for a takeover

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great Intern Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Onyx Pharmaceuticals as an intern

    Pros

    The people there were wonderful. Everyone was very willing to help mentor, meet up, and teach you. Interns had some benefits. Plenty of great people to work with.

    Cons

    At times the internship program did appear a little unorganized, but overall the experience was a great one to have.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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