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5 people found this helpful

Exciting place to work

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Research Associate in Sunnyvale, CA
Current Employee - Research Associate in Sunnyvale, CA

I have been working at Pharmacyclics full-time (more than a year)

Pros

First NDA approved, so people still have adrenalin for their jobs

Cons

Too much work, salaries, benefit package not as good as other employers. Not enough information sharing. Promotions unbalanced. Too much turnover.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Improve benefits. Hire more people.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
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  1. 14 people found this helpful

    Shady Employment Practices & Questionable Ethics

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pharmacyclics full-time

    Pros

    None whatsoever. This company has a great drug but unfortunately can't realize it's potential due to poor management.

    Cons

    Quite simply, this company is run by incompetent management that is in way above their heads, from the CEO & COO down to their VPs and beyond. Some functions are better than others (Legal, Research) but others are directionless, poorly run, understaffed, and highly incompetent (Commercial, Finance, HR). Instead, management will routinely use fear and intimidation tactics to get people to perform, and if you don't deliver what they want you will be immediately let go with trumped up charges before you even knew what hit you. They will manipulate your compensation as a tactic as well: sudden threats of stock option cancellations, withholding corporate bonus payouts you’ve officially earned, impromptu salary increases & decreases, and promoting/demoting employees at will with no checks & balances are all common tactics I’ve seen used on far too many good people here. I’ve seen VP-level folks demoted for no apparent reason, and I’ve also seen middle managers of questionable ability suddenly promoted to executive-level positions. Turnover runs rampant here and many departments have had at least 3 or more different department heads in the last year alone.

    The company's day-to-day life is grueling and ruthless. Other reviewers here are spot on: sleep deprivation is the norm, almost a "status symbol," where people take pride in how many all-nighters they've done in a row, and with many folks who haven't seen their families in months. There is no work life balance here. It is all work, and if you can't keep up you'll be let go without hesitation. All this translates into a work environment where tempers are short, decisions are not well thought out, and mistakes are made.

    Bottom line? Don’t be fooled into thinking you too can make millions if you’re willing to come here and trade your life, dignity, and self-respect for a couple of years. As they say, “there’s a sucker born every minute.”

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no advice that I can offer that would change things, management is clearly only interested in making as much money as they can for themselves until the company either crumbles or is sold.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 7 people found this helpful

    political, imbalance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pharmacyclics full-time

    Pros

    stock, good work location .

    Cons

    Poor management (the person on top listens to the louder lead from below and has no idea on the true reality of the work place or who really puts down the labor and to what extent), the loud ones go far and yet provides the least labor, poor work philosophy (it's not about working hard and long hours, it's about working smart-the CEO is wrong there), poor poor work-life balance (you become a slave to pharmacyclics, work long hours way after the normal work shifts and weekends). Believe in the other reviews for pharmacyclics (no work-life balance).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR benefits and Payroll depts need a lot of improvement. They are not helpful and do the bare minimum, appear lazy. The higher ups are power driven and cocky, it doesn't hurt to smile sometimes at the ones downstair. CEO should make a presence during orientation to welcome (CEO doesn't care about his employees). It's very segregated between the higher ups and the rest of the employees. It's also very segregated among the departments and within internal departments as well. It's not a friendly environment here.
    I wish I didn't feel this way. I really want to like this place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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