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Exelixis Reviews

Updated September 19, 2017
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Exelixis President, CEO, and Director Michael M. Morrissey
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  1. "Good company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Exelixis as a contractor

    Pros

    The environment is very conducive to getting things done. Management is very accessible and keep cool under stress. I enjoy coming to work everyday here.

    Cons

    It's a smaller city company with a history of layoffs, but former employees keep coming back.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good job. You create an environment that is conducive to open dialogue.


  2. "Growing Pipeline"

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    Current Contractor - CTM in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - CTM in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Exelixis as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Recent approval and partnership has brought in some new hires and energy for upcoming projects. Pipeline is expanding.

    Cons

    Still many employees who have been employed too long and not enough innovative thinking

  3. "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"


  4. "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


  5. "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.


  6. "Efficient, goal-oriented company"

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    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.


  7. "More ups than Downs"

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    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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not a bad 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
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people are extremely helpful. They are always willing to offer a helping hand, are supportive of your efforts, and offer constructive criticism to help make your work higher quality.

    Cons

    It can be very busy with some pretty tight deadlines. They have very high expectations of all their employees. As with any company I have worked for, I am cynical of the honesty of upper management.

    Advice to Management

    You can be more open and honest with the employees.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Internship"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant Intern in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant Intern in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Exelixis is a fabulous place to work with very positive interaction among my project team and senior management's openness to work hand in hand with entry level employees/interns such as myself was a definite plus. Positive work environment made my tenure far more enjoyable.

    Cons

    Certain scenarios arose where senior management and my managers were not on the same page during many projects. Perhaps communication could have been more fluid between the two groups

    Advice to Management

    To sort of rehash what was said above, there wasn't much bad to harp upon during my time there, but the instances of communication lapses (among certain specific divisions) could be better taken care of


  10. "Exelixis is still a best place to work for me."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Boss are so great and I have wonderful years there

    Cons

    the site was closed down

    Advice to Management

    Wish them the best and have the drug in market one day!


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