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Exelixis Reviews

Updated August 13, 2017
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  1. "Efficient, goal-oriented company"

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    • 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.


  2. "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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Love this company"

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    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.


  4. 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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Only incompetent people are left!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You can get away with extreme incompetence and not being unprodutive. Work hours are mostly flexible. If you don't want to do anything, try to get a job at Exelixis.

    Cons

    If you are somewhat productive, you will be stuck with all the workload while other people may be just sitting around and taking long lunches.

    Advice to Management

    Please try to recognise the competent / productive employees, not the loyal ones.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Nice work if you can hang"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great co-workers; fairly good benefits package; excellent inter and intra team cooperation; competent HR; great Xmas to NYE break; good employee parties; excellent severance packages per RIF 3/2010!

    Cons

    Management from 2nd level upwards is duplicitous, self-centered and barely conscious. People's titles are ridiculously overstated, making "senior management" a sort of elite club of directors, etc. Little 2 way communication: the info dribbles down from top; input from below isn't actively sollicited. New president is just a retread of failed former president. I hold little hope for this company.

    Advice to Management

    Retrench; develop some humility; flatten the organizational structures; consider outsourcing IT to a SAAS provider; pay closer attention to how your employees feel about their jobs.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Saying yes is more important than knowledge"

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fast decision making
    Deep pipeline
    Good people

    Cons

    Lack of big pharma experience in the senior management team
    Right now compounds are more important than the right compounds
    Meeting deadlines is much more important doing good science
    Clinical development has too many people with discovery experience and no development knowledge
    Pay is much lower than industry average unless in very senior management
    Advancement for non Ph.D scientists is not very good

    Advice to Management

    Refocus on doing good science
    Reward people for their knowledge and abilities, not because they blindly do what you tell them
    Put experienced people into clinical development
    Treat staff with respect, look after them as well as you look after your own self interests

  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 (2)

    "Exelixis"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Many knowledgeable people to work with. Small company, so great opportunity to learn a lot and do many different things. Good medical benefits. Company shuts down between Xmas and New Year so you get an extra week off.

    Cons

    Salaries are lower than industry standard. Annual and spot "bonuses" are extremely small. Company gives stock option grants, but the price per share has been dropping steadily for many years, so there is little hope that anyone will ever be able to exercise options. There is never any money for training of any kind, and rarely any for travel to conferences (unless you are in Development). Career ladder for bachelors/masters-level scientists is somewhat limited. Some managers are apparently poorly (or not) trained and are unable to solve personnel problems.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the career ladder for the bachelors and masters-level scientists. Adequately train people who are in charge of managing personnel so that they can deal with problems in an effective, impartial way.


  10. "Love Exelixis don't love the pay"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, great managers, great experience. I have learned a lot while at Exelixis.

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive, revolving door. I truly feel if Exelixis paid a bit better people would stay longer.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice or complaints about the management.


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