Exelixis
3.3 of 5 31 reviews
www.exelixis.com South San Francisco, CA 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Jun 3, 2014

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Exelixis President, CEO, and Director Michael M. Morrissey

Michael M. Morrissey

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46% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Excellent place to work.

    Associate Director, Manufacturing and Outsourcing (Former Employee)
    South San Francisco, CA

    ProsThey really respect their employees and encourage work-life balance in addition to good pay and all of the major holidays off. They also encourage teamwork and collaboration.

    ConsThere is a fairly high level of stress due to their status a s start up company which will continue until they start turning a profit from their one commercial product.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great tight knit communicty

    Vice President (Current Employee)
    South San Francisco, CA

    ProsLong-term employees have developed a strong culture

    ConsUp and downs of pre-commercial of biotechs

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Best work experience of my life

    Associate Research Scientist (Former Employee)
    South San Francisco, CA

    ProsLots of autonomy and responsibility.
    Able to switch departments and learn new skill sets.
    Managers are often "in the trenches" with you.
    Collegial atmosphere.

    ConsManagement is becoming multi tiered.
    The final decision about promotions are made by upper management who may not even know you.
    Too many meetings and some are redundant.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize and reward talent even when a PhD isn't part of the person's background.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Used to be a company full of hardworking smart people

    Senior Applications Engineer (Current Employee)
    South San Francisco, CA

    ProsEmployees are great, salary is excellent

    ConsThe top notch upper management of years past is gone. CEO is scattershot with actions.
    If the drug ever makes it big time, then this place will take off again.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Efficient, goal-oriented company

    Senior Scientist (Former Employee)
    South San Francisco, CA

    ProsExcellent management. Smart and hard working people.

    ConsSince everyone knows the top priority of the company and department, it is a little frustrated to be assigned to the low priority projects.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    More ups than Downs

    Research Associate I (Current Employee)
    South San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat people and great facilities make it nice to come to work.Feels like manangement cares about employees by providing small perks such as food/snacks/cafeteria.

    Managers are typically nice and responsive to employees needs.

    ConsLike any other biotech/pharma, company performance is tied to what is in the pipeline, FDA approvals, and how much money the company is bleeding.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Love this company

    Associate Research Scientist I (Former Employee)
    South San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat place for personal development. Company culture was fantastic. Many opportunities to grow and expand.

    ConsNew management is only concerned with their ego, not employee welfare. Company is struggling to maintain any morale. People are seen as head count, not personally.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPeople don't care about how much you know, until they know about how much you care. Please make a conscious effort to show caring, not just bottom lines.

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    People are seemingly hired and laid off as part of an overall strategy rather than cross-training.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    South San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat use of automation and for a time, a wonderful depth of genetics knowledge throughout the company.

    ConsOnce assays were set up by hand, many managers were reluctant to automate anything, despite high repetitive stress injuries.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on the long-term development of the people, and their loyalty will give you the FDA approval you crave faster than any "focus on execution" or other popular phrases I've heard.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Only incompetent people are left!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    South San Francisco, CA

    ProsYou can get away with extreme incompetence and not being unprodutive. Work hours are mostly flexible. If you don't want to do anything, try to get a job at Exelixis.

    ConsIf you are somewhat productive, you will be stuck with all the workload while other people may be just sitting around and taking long lunches.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease try to recognise the competent / productive employees, not the loyal ones.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice work if you can hang

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    South San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat 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!

    ConsManagement 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 Senior ManagementRetrench; 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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