Rigel Pharmaceuticals

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Rigel Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
5 Reviews
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James M. Gower
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  1.  

    Nice place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Rigel Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Nice lab and friendly environment

    Cons

    Just needed to finish work on time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    I worked at Rigel & was laid off after during a reorganization after a late stage clinical failure.

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    Current Employee - Research Associate II  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate II in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Rigel Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good benefits and competitive salary. Excellent facility in a good location. Willing to promote on merit with good raises. Bonuses in good years.

    Cons

    Too many Directors and Vice-Presidents. The company has a weak pipeline and the prospects for the future of the company are bleak. A lot of money is wasted on advancing weak compounds into the clinic for short term goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can half of the do nothings in Biology. When the emperor wears no clothes there are few who will speak up out of fear; laying off loyal employees who are willing to speak out, not our of disloyalty, but in the spirit of frank honest scientific inquiry, is not a recipe for success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Interesting experience

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    Former Employee - Director  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Rigel Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Depending on the group, the colleagues are very friendly and collaborative. Work-life balance is important, and flexible work schedules are common..

    Cons

    There are too many conflicts between individuals in upper management leading to disfunctional project teams. The drug candidates have potential, but there isn't much experience in-house to take the products to late stage development. There are more directors and VPs than most companies this size.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good managers/supervisors are not naturally born - some training may help reduce high turn-over rates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Low turnover, hard working people focused on good science

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rigel Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    This company cares about their employees by providing good benefits, weekly socials, and a semi-friendly working environment. In return the employees often work long hours and take pride in their work. They have retained the "small company" feel and many employees have been there for 10+ years so it feels a little like a family- that, to me, is a sign of a good work environment.

    Cons

    They do not support career development - such as funding conference attendance and they do not provide training - it's sink or swim and that is entirely up to you. The higher ranking employees have an exclusivity air about them - as in they stick with their own kind - but that's probably true for most executive level people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide team building exercises, encourage and fund career development activities such as conferences (for the "lower employees" not talking about the executive.)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A reasonable biotech-turned biopharmaceutical company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rigel Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Early on, the company had a reputation of honoring good science and treating scientist well
    Management maintained a relative transparent governance policy
    Decision making is relatively less bureaucratic

    Cons

    Over the years, the company has lost a focus on good science
    Favoritism has been played in key groups
    The company, though young, seems to lost its vigor of innovation and discovery

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain focus on science and productivity

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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