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Exelixis Reviews

Updated August 13, 2017
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Exelixis President, CEO, and Director Michael M. Morrissey
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Oncology Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent culture and inspired senior leadership.

    Cons

    No visible cons thus far.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Roller Coaster of a Company"

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    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. "Yikes"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Exelixis (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good mid-level experience, people were nice

    Cons

    As with many other pharmaceuticals- a drug tanks, and the company must cut. It was unfortunate but Exelixis had to lay off 2/3 of their workforce, when i was there...

    Advice to Management

    Invest in R&D- one compound can keep the workforce personnel "living on the edge"- very bad for culture


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Executive Director"

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    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


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Exelixis full-time

    Pros

    Small company, great people within the drug safety department

    Cons

    Must wear many hats as it is a small company


  6. "A great experience with great people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked with truly great people who formed a community filled with optimism and hope for a great future for Exelixis.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, that future did not come to pass.

    Advice to Management

    "Fish rots from the head down"


  7. "Excellent place to work."

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    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.

  8. "Great tight knit communicty"

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    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


  9. "Best work experience of my life"

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    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.


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

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    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.


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