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Exelixis Reviews

Updated May 2, 2017
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Exelixis President, CEO, and Director Michael M. Morrissey
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  1. "Excellent place to work."

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

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

    Pros

    They really respect their employees and encourage work-life balance in addition to good pay and all of the major holidays off. They also encourage teamwork and collaboration.

    Cons

    There is a fairly high level of stress due to their status a s start up company which will continue until they start turning a profit from their one commercial product.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Roller Coaster of a Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Data Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Data Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Autonomy, friendly co-workers, great manager

    Cons

    Make-or-break pipeline, multiple trial failures in company's history

    Advice to Management

    Do not overhire


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Executive Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Director in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Director in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good environment, very focused, and science orient

    Cons

    not good in management, finacially out of control

    Advice to Management

    no


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  5. "Great tight knit communicty"

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

    I have been working at Exelixis full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Long-term employees have developed a strong culture

    Cons

    Up and downs of pre-commercial of biotechs


  6. "Best work experience of my life"

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of autonomy and responsibility.
    Able to switch departments and learn new skill sets.
    Managers are often "in the trenches" with you.
    Collegial atmosphere.

    Cons

    Management is becoming multi tiered.
    The final decision about promotions are made by upper management who may not even know you.
    Too many meetings and some are redundant.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and reward talent even when a PhD isn't part of the person's background.


  7. "Used to be a company full of hardworking smart people"

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

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

    Pros

    Employees are great, salary is excellent

    Cons

    The top notch upper management of years past is gone. CEO is scattershot with actions.
    If the drug ever makes it big time, then this place will take off again.


  8. "Efficient, goal-oriented company"

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

    I worked at Exelixis full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent management. Smart and hard working people.

    Cons

    Since everyone knows the top priority of the company and department, it is a little frustrated to be assigned to the low priority projects.


  9. "More ups than Downs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate I in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate I in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and great facilities make it nice to come to work.Feels like manangement cares about employees by providing small perks such as food/snacks/cafeteria.

    Managers are typically nice and responsive to employees needs.

    Cons

    Like any other biotech/pharma, company performance is tied to what is in the pipeline, FDA approvals, and how much money the company is bleeding.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Love this company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Associate Research Scientist I in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Research Scientist I in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Exelixis full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great place for personal development. Company culture was fantastic. Many opportunities to grow and expand.

    Cons

    New management is only concerned with their ego, not employee welfare. Company is struggling to maintain any morale. People are seen as head count, not personally.

    Advice to Management

    People don't care about how much you know, until they know about how much you care. Please make a conscious effort to show caring, not just bottom lines.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "People are seemingly hired and laid off as part of an overall strategy rather than cross-training."

    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

    Great use of automation and for a time, a wonderful depth of genetics knowledge throughout the company.

    Cons

    Once assays were set up by hand, many managers were reluctant to automate anything, despite high repetitive stress injuries.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the long-term development of the people, and their loyalty will give you the FDA approval you crave faster than any "focus on execution" or other popular phrases I've heard.


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