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James M. Gower
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 Senior Management – Provide team building exercises, encourage and fund career development activities such as conferences (for the "lower employees" not talking about the executive.)
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company
2012-12-01 12:17 PST
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 Senior Management – Maintain focus on science and productivity
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
2012-06-01 11:37 PDT
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