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Isis Pharmaceuticals Chairman, President, and CEO Stanley T. Crooke
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  1. "ISIS Pharmaceuticals"

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    • Culture & Values
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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


  2. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  3. Helpful (8)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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