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"Great drug, poor management"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Imbruvica is a great drug, and it is an honor for me to work toward getting it into the hands of as many patients as possible.

Cons

None of the people that had anything to do with the development of Imbruvica are still here. They were either fired indiscriminately by upper management, or quit on their own. What remains is a mediocre sales organization with some clinical folks to monitor the ongoing trials. As such, Pharmacyclics cannot be considered to be a serious long-term company and will not attract top talent.

Advice to Management

It is time for the CEO and especially the COO to be replaced with serious pharma/biotech executives. Only in this way will Pharmacyclics be able to attract and retain top talent. How the COO got her current position is beyond me. As far as I can tell, she has no idea what Imbruvica is, or how it works. The other V.P.s are Yes-men sycophants that stay there presumably to allow their stock options to vest. None of this will change until the CEO and COO step aside for the good of the company.

Other Employee Reviews for Pharmacyclics

  1. Helpful (11)

    "Horrible place to be, but that's been well established by now."

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    Former Employee - Senior Level in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Level in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pharmacyclics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Little to speak of. The couple of recent positive reviews clearly from management team constantly covering up mistakes with even worse decisions. Management did bail this place out years ago, but with deep pockets, not strategic thinking, and leadership.

    This place was perfect for those losers 3 years ago who couldn't get another job and got lucky with stock options.

    Cons

    This is an unethical company first and foremost. Managers are either given promotions, raises, praise when needed to work 'harder' or on the way down when their bonuses are due or disagree with the incompetent management. Rest of workforce are there for to work, work, work endlessly. Treated as subhuman.

    Advice to Management

    This place is hopeless. Turnover is rampant. And they're struggling to find new talent since reputation is in the toilet. No one in their right mind would go there now.


  2. Helpful (11)

    "horrid management but great product"

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    Former Employee - Hematology Clinical Account Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Hematology Clinical Account Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pharmacyclics full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great product but completely messed up the launch and focused so much time on an indication that the product did not have at launch

    Cons

    Forced to train on "Genius Traits" which is very much like scientology of which the CEO is a member. Horrible culture. They fire people willy nilly. It is very clique-ish. If you didn't come over from Genentech you won't be part of the inner sanctum so you can kiss you chances of career development goodbye. I would avoid this company like the plague. Someone should buy them just to get the great product and get rid of all the management and in house team.

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