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Cytokinetics Reviews

Updated May 27, 2017
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Cytokinetics President, CEO, and Director Robert I. Blum
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  1. "Nice place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cytokinetics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are very friendly here and enjoy working with my colleagues. A lot of excitement ahead with preparations for next phase. I like that the company encourages community involvement. Management team is supportive. Free lunch 1x per week, bagels and fruit also delivered. They have Starbucks and Peet's coffee so I've saved on not going on a coffee run!

    Cons

    We will probably run out of space soon with all the growth but management is looking at options. A location with a gym would be nice.


  2. "It felt like family here and I wish I were still there (I was part of the lay offs)."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cytokinetics full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent work environment, culture & people. It was a very familial, friendly place to work and the type of place where you enjoyed coming into work every day.

    Cons

    I don't think I would have had the opportunity to grow here because it was such a small department that there probably wouldn't have been anywhere for me to go.


  3. Helpful (7)

    "Demeaning, Demoralizing and Destructive Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cytokinetics full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the people. However, some of them have been there far too long and lack the experience of knowing how proper functioning companies work.

    Cons

    Management, simple as that. Lets start with the CEO who is a nasty bully, he instills fear through public beratements and destructive and cruel emails to get his own way despite management and employees (who have much more applicable experience than him) offering their thoughts. He conveys the air of a used car salesman who is down on his luck because as you look closer you will see holes in his shoes and a frayed collar on his shirts. The CFO is an overpaid crybaby who refuses to see anything outside of current practices. Don't even try to go to HR, they are useless.

    Advice to Management

    Stop shoving manufactured and inappropriate messages and culture down employees throats, be kind to your employees, say "thank you" and "nice job". If you don't appreciate their work then let them go. Stop the micromanaging.


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  5. "Company cares about there employees"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Network Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Network Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to represent company and reach out to community.
    Friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    Not much room for growth at this point in time.

    Advice to Management

    Difficult to do, but continue working on getting partners for newly discovered drugs and investigate methods to market and deliver newly discovered drugs.


  6. "It's great working with smart people whose abilities you can trust."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart coworkers, decent transparency from management when compared to other companies in biotech, and flexible working arrangements. Company really tries to take care of its employees even amidst layoffs.

    Cons

    Biotech faces a challenging business model right now. CK does not have a product on the market yet, so is completely dependent on external funding and collaborations.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "STOP MICROMANAGING, TREAT ADULTS LIKE ADULTS"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent and friendly co-workers, all have valuable knowledge and experience

    Cons

    Executive management overly concerned with micromanaging. Management / team cliques result in some groups getting well protected and insulated, others overly exposed and criticized.

    Advice to Management

    Stop wasting time on developing "culture." You've already set a bad example and now want to pretend to be something else? Look into your own selves and initiate changes within first. Champion your employees, don't emasculate them.


  8. "Cyto review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cytokinetics full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent work culture, great benefits, competitive salaries, lots of company activities, bagels on Monday mornings and free lunch on Wednesdays.

    Cons

    If you're on a diet, this place makes it difficult. There is food everywhere, freezer is stocked with hot pockets and burritos. Refrigerator is filled orange juice, milk and string cheese. Leftovers from catered lunches temp you at every turn.


  9. "Regulatory"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good team culture and spirit

    Cons

    short-handed on staff, need more staff


  10. "salary"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    wore many hats - got lots of broad expereience

    Cons

    Always short on cash soprojects ran thin


  11. "good place to stay and learn"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great biology around cytoskeleton and muscle

    Cons

    risky business to survive, challenging environment


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