Onyx Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated June 22, 2015
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  1. A fantastic place to work while it lasted

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Development in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Development in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Onyx Pharmaceuticals

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Collaborative work culture, strong study teams, and meaningful work. Pharmaceuticals get a bad rep, but with a place like Onyx, while decisions are business-driven, as employees we get the sense that it is equally patient-driven as well. The only variability is in your manager, but when you get a good one, they can be effective in managing your workload, seeking out additional opportunities, etc. Reasonable work life balance, good benefits, and great food in the cafeteria. Truly an example of "it's not where you work, it's who you work with."

    Cons

    Amgen full acquisition, despite promises of remaining as an independent subsidiary. As things transition, there is less and less autonomy in decision making and more focus on big-pharma thinking.


  2. Great place

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Amgen in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Amgen in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at Onyx Pharmaceuticals (Less than a year)

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    nimble - fast pace - friendly- diversity

    Cons

    Amgen full integration and site shutdown


  3. Great company

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

    I have been working at Onyx Pharmaceuticals

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Collaborative, supportive, competitive compensation, great team; great cafeteria

    Cons

    No pension plan, got bought by Amgen


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  5. Corp Dev

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Onyx Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to work with wonderful culture

    Cons

    Limited portfolio. Company got acquired


  6. Medical Writer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Drug Safety Medical Writer in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Drug Safety Medical Writer in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Onyx Pharmaceuticals (Less than a year)

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay was excellent for my role.

    Cons

    The company is closing on short notice.


  7. Fabulous company

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

    I have been working at Onyx Pharmaceuticals

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great Company - Great Product

    Cons

    lots of change during the past year


  8. Too many managers and useless people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Lab in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Onyx Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Some people are friendly and care

    Cons

    Management so full of politics, it's a joke. Too busy covering their own butts to get anything accomplished.

    Advice to Management

    Some of your directors are tyrants. If you want to know why morale is so bad, look at your promotion policy. Maybe also consider respecting your scientists.


  9. Onyx pre-aquisition

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Onyx Pharmaceuticals

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work, great management team

    Cons

    Unfortunately Onyx could not stay independent!


  10. Solid Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Onyx Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Onyx has some quality products and a good group of people working there.

    Cons

    People work long hours. After the Amgen acquisition things move a little slower because Onyx has to work under a larger company framework.

    Advice to Management

    As with any company, listen to the people who are working with you. Everyone wants to succeed.


  11. Helpful (2)

    A successful company entering a new chapter

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

    I have been working at Onyx Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities for advancement within Onyx and parent company, Amgen; best of both worlds - small, intimate feel, with established culture and values (Onyx), plus leverage big company operation and offerings, including continuing education, development resources, philanthropy/foundation, opps to move into new function.

    Cons

    Some employees who resent the change negatively influence and infect those who are still enjoying their experience. Can be difficult to fully understand the culture (or what it once was...). Some leaders are new and may not be ready to manage entire functions; can feel a bit like a train with no brakes at times.



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