Exelixis Reviews

Updated May 11, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Assistant Intern in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant Intern in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Exelixis

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Exelixis is a fabulous place to work with very positive interaction among my project team and senior management's openness to work hand in hand with entry level employees/interns such as myself was a definite plus. Positive work environment made my tenure far more enjoyable.

    Cons

    Certain scenarios arose where senior management and my managers were not on the same page during many projects. Perhaps communication could have been more fluid between the two groups

    Advice to Management

    To sort of rehash what was said above, there wasn't much bad to harp upon during my time there, but the instances of communication lapses (among certain specific divisions) could be better taken care of


  2. Exelixis is still a best place to work for me.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Exelixis

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Boss are so great and I have wonderful years there

    Cons

    the site was closed down

    Advice to Management

    Wish them the best and have the drug in market one day!


  3. Helpful (2)

    Want to work where incompetence rules? EXEL is your place!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Manager in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Exelixis

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    In the biotech area of SSF
    People float in and out so you might make a good contact for a job somewhere else
    You can dress casual
    Decent benefits (but not great)
    Chance for stock profits (esp. the ESPP)

    Cons

    In Clinical Operations the management are mostly pulled from prior bench science positions and know NOTHING about how to manage clinical studies, so timelines are based on stock price solely. They try to rely on CROs but do not know how to manage them and will not support the necessary oversight, particularly if it involves travel.
    Persons with experience leave quickly as avenues for advancement are blocked, since all the upper management positions are filled by persons with no operations experience.
    Due to the fact that lab scientists were brought to operations at the same grade most titles are incongruent with experience and your team will not be able to support you any better than mangement. This incompetence extends to data management, clinical science and operations, which lead to poorly designed studies overall.
    The incongruent titles in this company are known throughout the bay area and listing this company on your CV can be a liabilty when looking for other jobs in the SF area.

    Advice to Management

    Higher persons to run the operations and science group who have at least 15 to 20 years industry experience in this field or you will continue to fail at meeting the milestones you have set and agreed to meet.


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  5. Exelixis is a good place to work.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Informatics Research Scientist II in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Informatics Research Scientist II in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Exelixis

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging environment, smart co workers, ability to work on something for the greater good.

    Cons

    No products to market yet so no steady income from sales yet.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  6. Great potential but great risk.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Exelixis

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fast pace. Good opportunities for lower level employees.

    Cons

    High risk since no projects have reached filing stage.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on fewer projects to maximize chance of success.


  7. fair

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist II in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist II in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Exelixis

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    starup enviroment, chance of success

    Cons

    instability, need more transparency in the management

    Advice to Management

    break it or win it next year


  8. Helpful (1)

    Love it.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Exelixis

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work is fast-paced and very interesting. My colleagues treat me and each other with respect. Competence rules, with little or no deadwood. Senior management has my full trust and respect. I believe they are doing a great job of moving the company forward and that we will ultimately be successful with multiple compounds. Benefits are excellent, with lots of support for work/life balance. Just a great place.

    Cons

    The company is still pre-commercial; there is no revenue stream other than that from partners. Despite the relatively large pipeline, the company could still fail if multiple trials go badly or much too slowly.

    Advice to Management

    Go faster! I know its not realistic given how fast we move already, but everyone wants to see our compounds move through the clinic as quickly as possible.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Transformative Period

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Exelixis

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company has a drug Cabozantinib in Phase III trials that could potentially be a blockbuster.
    People are very friendly and easy to work with.

    Cons

    This has been a transformative period for the company with massive layoffs, especially in Research. This has lead to low morale.
    Could be further layoffs in the future, depending on company priorities.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to recognize the existing employees using the excellence awards to improve employee morale.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Exelixis had high-quality scientists but over time the business plan failed.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Exelixis

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    High quality scientific peers, potential for success in clinic, good benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of commitment to employees, grew too much and had to undergo many layoffs.


  11. Rocky - there's been many rounds of layoffs.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Exelixis

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, promising treatments for patients.

    Cons

    Biotech instability means you never know how long the job will last.



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