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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. 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


  2. "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

  3. 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


  4. 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


  5. "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.


  6. Helpful (1)

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

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    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "OK Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Small but challanging work place.
    Learn a lot in short time
    Supportive colleagues

    Cons

    As usual, all Biotech companies are risky.

    Advice to Management

    Look after the interest of employee as much as yours. Majority if the people wok there are good people.

  8. "Great potential but great risk."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fast pace. Good opportunities for lower level employees.

    Cons

    High risk since no projects have reached filing stage.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on fewer projects to maximize chance of success.


  9. "fair"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist II in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist II in South San Francisco, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    starup enviroment, chance of success

    Cons

    instability, need more transparency in the management

    Advice to Management

    break it or win it next year


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Exelixis had high-quality scientists but over time the business plan failed."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    High quality scientific peers, potential for success in clinic, good benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of commitment to employees, grew too much and had to undergo many layoffs.


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