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Helpful (5)

"Exciting place to work"

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Research Associate in Sunnyvale, CA
Current Employee - Research Associate in Sunnyvale, CA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Pharmacyclics full-time (More than a year)

Pros

First NDA approved, so people still have adrenalin for their jobs

Cons

Too much work, salaries, benefit package not as good as other employers. Not enough information sharing. Promotions unbalanced. Too much turnover.

Advice to Management

Improve benefits. Hire more people.

Other Employee Reviews for Pharmacyclics

  1. Helpful (16)

    "Shady Employment Practices & Questionable Ethics"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pharmacyclics full-time

    Pros

    None whatsoever. This company has a great drug but unfortunately can't realize it's potential due to poor management.

    Cons

    Quite simply, this company is run by incompetent management that is in way above their heads, from the CEO & COO down to their VPs and beyond. Some functions are better than others (Legal, Research) but others are directionless, poorly run, understaffed, and highly incompetent (Commercial, Finance, HR). Instead, management will routinely use fear and intimidation tactics to get people to perform, and if you don't deliver what they want you will be immediately let go with trumped up charges before you even knew what hit you. They will manipulate your compensation as a tactic as well: sudden threats of stock option cancellations, withholding corporate bonus payouts you’ve officially earned, impromptu salary increases & decreases, and promoting/demoting employees at will with no checks & balances are all common tactics I’ve seen used on far too many good people here. I’ve seen VP-level folks demoted for no apparent reason, and I’ve also seen middle managers of questionable ability suddenly promoted to executive-level positions. Turnover runs rampant here and many departments have had at least 3 or more different department heads in the last year alone.

    The company's day-to-day life is grueling and ruthless. Other reviewers here are spot on: sleep deprivation is the norm, almost a "status symbol," where people take pride in how many all-nighters they've done in a row, and with many folks who haven't seen their families in months. There is no work life balance here. It is all work, and if you can't keep up you'll be let go without hesitation. All this translates into a work environment where tempers are short, decisions are not well thought out, and mistakes are made.

    Bottom line? Don’t be fooled into thinking you too can make millions if you’re willing to come here and trade your life, dignity, and self-respect for a couple of years. As they say, “there’s a sucker born every minute.”

    Advice to Management

    There is no advice that I can offer that would change things, management is clearly only interested in making as much money as they can for themselves until the company either crumbles or is sold.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Bad corporate environment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pharmacyclics full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    None significant enough to make this company worth your time.

    Cons

    Executives get very special treatment, including better offices, better food ordered for their meetings. Most people are not allowed to communicate with the executives, including senior managers and associate directors. They also are not held to timelines as all other employees are.

    The executives also have their hands in the minutiae. Their approval is needed in order to allow a temporary employee to start. However, when it can take up to a month (or longer) to acquire a signature from any one of them, this makes it difficult to get new people in. Some of the executives insist on interviewing all candidates for their group, including temporary positions. At such a high level, they do not understand what is going on at the lower levels, and make budgets and other important decisions they probably shouldn't be wasting their time even thinking about.

    Advice to Management

    Create a better community feeling, instead of creating an us versus them feeling for the common folk and the executives.

    Allow managers to manage and get your hands out of the details that you aren't in the know about.

    Don't create such demanding deadlines unless you are willing to open positions and open up the budget.


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