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Pharmacyclics Overview

Sunnyvale, CA
501 to 1000 employees
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
Pharmacyclics, an AbbVie company, is a biopharmaceutical company located in Silicon Valley employing more than 900 people.

We focus on developing and commercializing innovative small-molecule therapies for the treatment of certain cancers and immune-mediated ... Read more

Mission: Our charge at Pharamcyclics is to help people impacted by cancer by researching and developing treatments to effectively and safely treat their diseases.

Company Updates

  • Today, the U.S. FDA approved a new therapy for a possible stem cell / bone marrow transplant complication when systemic therapy fails:

    U.S. FDA Approves IMBRUVICA® (ibrutinib) as First Approved Treatment Specifically for Adults with Chronic Graft-Versus-Host-Disease (cGVHD) -- A Serious, Potentially Life-Threatening Condition -- After Failure of One or More Lines of Systemic Therapy

    NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., Aug. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), a global biopharmaceutical company, today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved IMBRUVICA® (ibrutinib) for the treatment of adult patients with chronic graft-versus-host-disease (cGVHD) after failure of one or more lines of systemic therapy.

  • Dr. Ogden Bruton discovered the BTK enzyme in the early 1950s when he noticed a young boy had recurring lung infections. Testing revealed that the boy had no antibodies in his blood stream, making it difficult for his body to fight infection. Learn more about Dr. Bruton’s discovery and the BTK enzyme:

    BTK Protein: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Dr. Ogden Bruton was a pediatrician at Walter Reed Army Hospital in the early 1950s when he first saw a young boy presenting with recurrent lung infections. Testing revealed that the boy had no circulating antibodies in the blood, making it difficult for his body to fight infection.

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Pharmacyclics – Why Work For Us?


Patients-first. Science-based. Employee-driven.

We are the next generation of Pharmacyclics. At Pharmacyclics, our patients motivate and inspire us to push the boundaries of science. We strive to make a difference in their lives. It's not only our mission but our passion. We seek to discover innovative solutions to improve healthcare and help our patients rediscover The Magic of Normal

It is our goal to foster an environment that ignites innovation, creativity and continued growth, and provides a personally fulfilling and professionally rewarding experience. The support our employees give to one another and the cross functional partnerships that are forged help us exceed our goals. We are proud of our diverse, multicultural workforce - diverse in both experience and cultural perspective. We believe this inclusive diversity helps to fuel innovation and patient centricity. 

The Ways We Work (1. All for One, 2. Clear & Courageous, 3. Decide Smart and Sure, 4. Agile and Accountbale, 5. Make Possibilities Real, 6. Do it Respectfully) serve as foundational principles that guide how we interact with one another and how we conduct our business. They help to reinforce behaviors that we believe build and maintain a strong team with infinite potential. 

The Ways We Work began because of our employees' desire to have a set of values-based behaviors from which we anchor - these are the traits that unify us and that we all have in common. We see this as a key to success and a critical element in our continued growth as an organization. We share these values with our parent company, AbbVie, and believe these traits to be the cornerstones for success now and in the future. 

We’re All For One

When you place passionate, intelligent and innovative individuals within a culture that inspires their creativity and values their insights, amazing achievements happen. That’s how we do things at Pharmacyclics. After all, when you’re developing novel, life-changing therapies that are revolutionizing patient care, you need unique modes of action. In all we do, we enable the impossible and ensure that mediocrity is not an option.

We’re Clear & Courageous

At Pharmacyclics, we strive to develop and commercialize novel therapies that make a dramatic, positive difference in the lives of patients. That takes bold vision and a well-defined mission. We create an environment that enables our employees to do the best work of their careers as they contribute their expertise toward developing potential cures for disease areas with significant unmet medical needs.

We’re Agile & Accountable

Our people not only take the initiative to make great discoveries, they take responsibility for seeing their work through to a successful result. By maintaining a nimble, agile and accountable working culture, our people are able to pursue our research wherever the science takes us. We always do so with an eye on what it’s really all about – improving patients’ lives.

We’re committed to attracting, developing, and retaining visionary achievers whose backgrounds and perspectives reflect a rich diversity. We are a team of high performers who respect and value each other’s unique talents.

Pharmacyclics employees excel in knowledge, experience, drive, and commitment to transform the treatment of cancer and other serious diseases.  We recognize that each employee’s contributions are significant and play an important role in our overall mission. It is our goal to foster an environment that ignites innovation, creativity and continued growth, and provides a personally fulfilling and professionally rewarding experience. When inspiration intersects with innovation, we are at our best - this is our mode of action. Together, the possibilities are limitless and we do this because people, our patients and their families, are what matter most. Our people are committed to doing the best work of their careers. That’s why we foster an environment where every member of our team is respected, recognized, and rewarded.

We provide a comprehensive array of benefits that make working here even more fulfilling. These benefits include competitive compensation and bonus programs, 401(k) matching, a generous time-off policy, health and well-being benefits, tuition reimbursement, and a shuttle service.

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    "Great compound and excellent place to work"

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    I have been at PCYC for more than 2 years in R&D and have seen and personally experienced tremendous change. it used to be a very direct management type of company and is now a much more team based and team empowered place to work. They really emphasize the individual and the role we all play in making this a great place to work. I simply cannot recognize or identify with the very negative reviews that appear on glassdoor. I think everyone including management is working very hard, doing employee surveys, taking action where and when needed, calling out unacceptable behaviors etc. We have good benefits and very importantly very flexible work arrangements with work from home arrangements, remote based employees or employees working from our South San Francisco office. I have worked for a number of pharma and biotech companies and PCYC is absolutely among the top places that I have worked for.


    Growing pains in terms of processes and available IT tools as PCYC moves from a small "start up" to a much more mature company

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing - it is turning PCYC into a great place to work with an amazing compound

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Pharmacyclics Interviews



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    Medical Affairs Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sunnyvale, CA
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    I applied online. I interviewed at Pharmacyclics (Sunnyvale, CA).


    My phone interviews went very well. I was told interviews will be scheduled in the next 2-3 weeks. About 3 or so weeks go by and I heard nothing. I checked in with the hiring manager. HR asked if I could come in the next day. The interviews went well. They asked very fair questions & were open in addressing my questions. I had lunch with the manager at the end. He told me that he really wants to hire me, but they had already extended an offer. They had live interviews 2 weeks prior and HR forgot to schedule me. He said it will depend on whether or not this person accepts & didn't want to rescind the offer. Overall, the team was great. However, I would have appreciated it if they were transparent about the situation before bring me in for 4 hours.

    Interview Questions

    • Asked me about how I would organize and rewrite documents.   1 Answer
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Pharmacyclics Awards & Accolades

  • Prix Galien Award, 2015 Prix Galien USA Award for Best Pharmaceutical Agent, 2015

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