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Isis Pharmaceuticals Chairman, President, and CEO Stanley T. Crooke
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Sr SAS programmer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Isis Pharmaceuticals (More than a year)

    Pros

    well managed and organized. Pleasant experience

    Cons

    Can use more inland help instead of outsourcing


  2. "ISIS Pharmaceuticals"

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    Former Employee - Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Isis Pharmaceuticals (Less than a year)

    Pros

    strong scientific environment, good compensation, broad pipeline

    Cons

    poor work/life balance, not much career path forward


  3. Helpful (1)

    "ISIS: a little bit of cult-like culture of friend + family"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Casual environment, good coffee and company sponsored parties

    Cons

    Little incentives to work harder: hiring and promotions are based on who you know. Low raises and bonuses. Inexperienced middle managers, group leaders & directors who have little or no industry experience before joining the company

    Advice to Management

    Hire and retain top-tier experienced pharma research professionals


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Led by a CEO who has a huge ego and has problems trusting people and this culture percolates thru out the company."

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Isis Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The antisense technology is novel and unique with lots of potential.

    Cons

    Company doesn't care about their people, extremely negative environment, people are expected to slave on low salary, promotion tactics used by management are awful. no one seemed to be happy working there, culture is not progressive but dictatorial.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to take care of your people first , get over your trust issues and give people a fair chance. Your culture doesn't promote innovation, it is to be made humans into slaves and it's time to change!


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Just be careful"

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Isis Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's a company that is doing really good in numbers, fair benefits

    Cons

    They promote individual that are super performers, but lack the emotional intelligence and people management skills required at more senior levels. So.... manager just don't know how to manage. They think they know it all. They assume they are the smartest people in the room..... everyone pretends they are open and expect your feedback but at the end the work in what they call "the Isis way", just do what they want, no place for great new ideas at all. They don't care about people, the turnover is very high. Work at least 10h a day and weekends quite often, no work-family balance, of course, no extra hour payments.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to listen, give people the opportunity to contribute with new and smart ideas.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Only focus on senior level employees"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice and talented people to work with.

    Cons

    Too many vp in the company. The levels are kind of deceptive as many of these vp are not as high up as they seems if they go to a different company.

    Advice to Management

    Big bonus only go to executive level employees. Lower level scientists / RA feel that no matter how hard they work, their efforts are not recognized.


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Managerial trisomy 21"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Isis Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to start a career out of college and leave after 2 years. If you are not promoted after 2 years your career at ISIS has reached its max and is already in the coffin. Great place to add "director" to your title if you have a BS degree with experience. Great place to come in late, work out in the afternoon and leave early to go surfing.

    Cons

    Management is more concerned about perception rather than science, which is most noticeable during performance reviews. You are more likely to be given a promotion by having candy at your desk and talking about how bad the Padres are than performing meaningful science. Most ISIS management has been promoted from within for so long that they are no longer innovative and are hostile to new ideas because it creates more work for them. In order to stay relevant, ISIS management is bullying out experienced scientists and replacing them with recent college graduates.

    Advice to Management

    Start implementing the ISIS core principles to your own careers and invest in furthering your education. Most of your employees are not impressed by your knowledge gained through decades at ISIS. Think through your decisions rather than impulsively making a decision without listening to the facts. Most employees are tired of being scientific janitors and cleaning up the unnecessary mess caused by your poor decisions. Stop scrapping capital equipment to fund a booze-fest at the local British pub. Get rid of the managers that look at porn all day, they shake the hands of ISIS partners! Get rid of the managers that are clearly on drugs, employees are tired of planning their days around managers highs and lows.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Good Pharmaceuticals stepping stone."

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn about gene therapy. Unique technology.

    Cons

    Success of company depends 100% on CEO.
    Terrible performance review process.
    Hen house culture.
    20 year old company with no prospects of a successful drug.

    Advice to Management

    Improve performance review process


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Isis values creativity - as long as it fits in the box"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice new building in Carlsbad. Above average compensation.

    Cons

    Business Development, Finance, and IT have a long history of high turnover and low morale. Isis is a small company, so there's little opportunity for learning new things. Isis values style over substance, so incompetent employees have a legitimate shot at success as long as they schmooze properly. If you're not politically savvy, you'll hit the ceiling quickly or be fired outright.

    Advice to Management

    Look in the mirror and you'll find the reason for many of your problems.
    Advice to BOD: it's time to refresh some VP talent.


  11. "good"

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Sp in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Sp in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good to work in this domain

    Cons

    not that great compare with some industry segments

    Advice to Management

    follow directions


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