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Pharmacyclics Reviews

Updated September 13, 2017
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Pros
  • Ibrutinib that is the only asset of Pharmacyclics is a great drug (in 13 reviews)

  • smart people and positive work environment, great product, & they are truly focused on addressing and improving previous issues (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • lock of transparency, mid-level manager is not so support the subordinates to grow/develop, zero skill on managing people; lock of work-life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Some upper management in clinical ops are unprofessional and hungry for power but no empathy or professionalism (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (12)

    "Great compound and excellent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have been at PCYC for more than 2 years in R&D and have seen and personally experienced tremendous change. it used to be a very direct management type of company and is now a much more team based and team empowered place to work. They really emphasize the individual and the role we all play in making this a great place to work. I simply cannot recognize or identify with the very negative reviews that appear on glassdoor. I think everyone including management is working very hard, doing employee surveys, taking action where and when needed, calling out unacceptable behaviors etc. We have good benefits and very importantly very flexible work arrangements with work from home arrangements, remote based employees or employees working from our South San Francisco office. I have worked for a number of pharma and biotech companies and PCYC is absolutely among the top places that I have worked for.

    Cons

    Growing pains in terms of processes and available IT tools as PCYC moves from a small "start up" to a much more mature company

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing - it is turning PCYC into a great place to work with an amazing compound


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Depends on the Department"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pharmacyclics part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Drug is giving people the magic of normal and we helped make that happen. Campus is expanding with improvements to cafeteria. Hey, great breakfasts at the quarterly Town Halls and free oatmeal every day! My department is awesome - dedicated coworkers, leadership listens, friendly and fun

    Cons

    Poor managers do not seem to suffer any repercussions. Some of them use HR as a way to point the finger at another function to avoid taking responsibility for poor performance. Due to turnover, lots of new employees in operations that have not had sufficient training to understand processes (yes, we do have them).

    Advice to Management

    Please hold management in those other departments you've read about (yes it is true) accountable for the Ways We Work so we can improve our culture and attract highly qualified candidates

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Toxic environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pharmacyclics full-time

    Pros

    there are some really great people here who are committed to doing a good job and support the company's goals. the drug is amazing and is helping cancer patients tremendously.

    Cons

    the leadership is toxic and they refuse to acknowledge it. the president asked to speak with some of us before we left the company, then did nothing with the information we shared with him. approximately two years after receiving the feedback, he finally let go of a few of the toxic team members, but it was too late. many good people had to leave the company because the leadership team refused to do anything about the poor culture.

    Advice to Management

    listen to your people. trust your people. stop rewarding people who breed the toxicity.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Good if you're looking for a summer intern, stay away if you're looking for a real career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you're here for your summer internship, congrats--you're probably getting decent pay than the poor full time employees; joining many summer company events, departmental or intern only; you will get the chance to work on cool projects and more (free breakfast and snacks, free company-logo cool giveaways, free parking, free networking)

    Regardless whether you're someone's relative or you're simply awesome cool kid, please use this wonderful chance to make your resume shine and find better jobs elsewhere once you graduated.

    Cons

    If you're FTE, bad luck. They tend to have lower wage although they claimed it's competitive, or reject you by saying "it's competitive enough, think of this: someone in the company paid less than you are." (Yes, it came from a HR's mouth)

    Favoritism, the manager promoted people who is someone's cousin who was way less experience than you and blamed you're not so "experienced". Lock of promotion system and structure. I think the upper managements left their brain somewhere else.

    If you care your career development, stay away.

    Oh and if you're not a US citizen or PR, don't expect to be able to start your application ASAP because some departments allow you to proceed GC ONLY if your H1B is going to be expired (like less than 1year), very risky, and you got premium process if upper management thinks you're someone to keep to cover his/her butt; otherwise, go to the back of the long waiting line and let someone always cutting the line.

    This place appears to be stabled but the future is uncleared, 2 years agreement between Abbvie and PCYC without touching key parts was ended May 2017, it's now just the time to see when the re-org will started. So if you're looking for stable future and being respected as a professional, go somewhere else.

    Advice to Management

    HR always reject requests on salary increase, bonus or promotion and claimed you're not qualified or no budget.

    HOWEVER, all the above will become 10000% available and they can give whatever You want. Well, I know it's a strategy to retain workers to prevent more company costs. But if you treat every employee as your very important estate, with respect, no one will loses the faith and walk out of the door.

    Use your brain and common sense or go back school to retake the relevant classes, upper management and HRs.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Worst, unreasonable, top down, micromanaging, unprofessional environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the people who actually do the work are awesome. Most of them have left by now though. A few remain.

    Cons

    No pipeline, low wages. Leadership lacks professional maturity and is really good at perpetuating a toxic work environment (overworking people, resisting processes and standards, not properly managing or developing employees, promoting on the basis of personal preference, etc). The unhealthy culture that turned Pharmacyclics into a punch line in the Bay Area will never change for as long as the leadership of the company remains the same. So many PhDs/MDs and none of them seems to know anything about organizational effectiveness or have an understanding of the value of emotional intelligence.

    Advice to Management

    Abbvie just needs to take over.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Upper Management Needs to get this under control"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues, salary, flex-time, decent work environment

    Cons

    Unprofessional, backstabbing, non-collaborative, weak management

    Advice to Management

    Manage out the bad directors, still a good ol' boys atmosphere.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Associate Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pharmacyclics full-time

    Pros

    A strong drug, but the company was already acquired. So, feast and party is over, with no potential or future. Development and pipeline is a joke.

    Cons

    Well kids, be alert! If you are reading these reviews, this company is definitely a wrong place for you. People with connection won't need to read all these and they are winner to be. Each summer intern is son/daughter/relatives of dept head/Sr Directors in this company. They earn more than you do and you have to compliment and teach them everything.

    Basically, if you are not related to one of these animals, your destined to leave. Your manager will throw you with trash projects with insane deadline. Push you to work 24/7, while their relatives only show up 2-3 days in office, a few hours per day. It's just a matter of time. They use people without inside connection as toilet paper.

    The good time only last from the time they giving you an offer to the time when you signing an offer. The nightmare starts when you sign the offer and/or when you start relocation. Most legitimate receipt/expenses will be rejected/delayed for ever without any reason. Any promises hiring manager gave is joke, and will never realize.

    Young people are discriminated (by their definition with less than 10 years' pharma experience). They blame their own mistakes on you, set trap and watch you step on it. Hide the crucial information you need to perform your job. In the end, they accuse you for unprofessional, even though they are a group of people judgmental. The most emotional animals ever seen.

    Stay away for gods sake! If you do not have any choice, demand everything be written in your offer letter, with specific numbers and terms. In the end, they only pay you base salary, bonus will be realized since all of you will be forced to leave. You need to be aware. Your hiring manager may tell you that the company has changed but it's becoming worse. This year, all new employees hired at director and manager level had left within 6 months. Keep searching for new jobs.

    Advice to Management

    For upper management, if you really care for your company and employees, please make sure good employees stay. The villains forced good people without connection to leave, so their pedigree can stay at the company forever. It's a ghost company. Joining this plagued company is like gambling. Upper management is abducted and dis-functioned. No one cares about truth or facts.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Slap in the face"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good product with lots of potential. Few good co-workers.

    Cons

    Been working for almost 5 years at the company to recently find out the summer college interns make more than I do. Have worked many long hours before discovering it isn't worth it to put in extra effort. No chance of promotion. Better to fly under the radar doing minimum necessary to get by until you find something better.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees and give out raises based on effort. Give a decent living wage.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Avoid Avoid Avoid"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pharmacyclics full-time

    Pros

    Imbruvica is good; that's it.

    Cons

    Too many managers, too many crazy people, too much pressure, too many bad things


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Clinical operations-DO NOT GO TO THIS PLACE"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    the company is great to work for

    Cons

    Clinical operations is a political ground. there is one team that has 2 members as best friends and no one wants to go to that team. horrible manager. micro managing. promotes their favorite people every year. if you try to leave that team and go to another they will not let you survive due to manager power. DO NOT GO TO THAT TEAM. no wonder there are few people who work under them. only 1-2 people have survived under that group.

    Advice to Management

    change that manager and things will become better


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