Sunesis Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated June 2, 2015
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Sunesis Pharmaceuticals President, CEO, and Director Dan Swisher Jr.
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  1. Former Employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sunesis Pharmaceuticals

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent company to work for . Executive branch kind and caring individuals.

    Cons

    I have nothing negative to say about the company.


  2. I had a great experience at Sunesis. Was able to contribute and was recognized for it.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sunesis Pharmaceuticals

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

    Pros

    Professionalism. Team spirit. Excellent benefits. Sunesis is working on a product that will make a difference.

    Cons

    Some training and development should be offered.

    Advice to Management

    Continue recognizing those who go above and beyond for the team.


  3. good, respectful coworkers and management

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

    I worked at Sunesis Pharmaceuticals

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

    Pros

    bright, respectful, dedicated employees and considerate management

    Cons

    limited financial resources, limited job opportunites

    Advice to Management

    none


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  5. Best first industry job I could have hoped for

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

    I worked at Sunesis Pharmaceuticals

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great group of scientists and clinicians
    Sunesis provided me a wonderful opportunity to become better at what I already knew and did not hold me back in areas that were totally new to me. I left Sunesis with far more experience than most gain in their first years of industry, including managing direct reports, interaction with the most advanced projects and a good understanding of the drug discovery process and challenges.
    I still believe in their drug-discovery platform and hope it gets a second chance in another environment

    Cons

    small, limited money thus resources
    some times we could not afford the best instrument or the best assays
    Running low on funds led to layoff of staff including long-termers. It was clearly very difficult for Sr. Management to do this.

    Advice to Management

    wish the remaining folks luck as they push on


  6. The research was top notch. Too bad it's going elsewhere.

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

    I have been working at Sunesis Pharmaceuticals

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The research atmosphere was top notch. The knowledge sharing between departments created a place where decisions could be made and acted on swiftly. It made for very productive and collaborative teams. Some of the people I worked with are the smartest people I know.

    Cons

    Management needed to make better strategic decisions. This would have avoided the loss of top talent at the company.

    Advice to Management

    Strategy and focus are keys to success. How come it's taken so long to get there.



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