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Pharmacyclics Reviews

Updated January 17, 2018
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Pros
  • To work with such a great drug is not just much easier, but way more rewarding with great personal and professional satisfactions (in 16 reviews)

  • smart people and positive work environment, great product, & they are truly focused on addressing and improving previous issues (in 9 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 11 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (15)

    "Great compound and excellent place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    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. "Great place to work and develop"

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    Former Employee - Clinical Science in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Clinical Science in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pharmacyclics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    PCYC is a very dynamic place to work, with amazingly smart people and a life changing drug. The place changed slowly from a small company to be under the umbrella of one of the biggest companies int he world, which provide comfort and stability. The upper management is very professional and knowledgeable, and very transparent, open to communicate and mentor, therefore the career development offers many opportunities within PCYC. To work with such a great drug is not just much easier, but way more rewarding with great personal and professional satisfactions. The culture is slowly changing in the better way, as is always room to improve, and the management is recognizing this and taking the right steps. The CEO is very open and friendly, probably the best CEO you can ever meet.

    Cons

    Complainers are everywhere and will always be complainers. There are some people in the company who complain about work load, timing, procedures, culture and they can influence negatively and ruin the friendly environment that otherwise is always there. Building spaces and office spaces are outdated and facility department is not the best.

    Advice to Management

    Continue on the right direction the company is going now. Get rid of complainers and negative people. They are ruining the culture and only create unnecessary "drama"

  3. "No room for growth, does not care to retain talent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pharmacyclics full-time

    Pros

    great drug, great location, much better after Abbvie acquisition

    Cons

    No room for professional growth
    does not care to retain talent
    very competitive and overworked environment

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that everyone in your team is heard and not the upper management


  4. "Pretty Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pharmacyclics full-time

    Pros

    Collegiate atmosphere, attention to career development.

    Cons

    Start up with some growing pains.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pharmacyclics full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Hardworking team, great product, making progress in cultural shift

    Cons

    Organizational culture is in transition

    Advice to Management

    Continue to attract talent with industry experience


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Small company mentality with large company backing."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Pharmacyclics full-time

    Pros

    Offering a drug for cancer is a wonderful thing. The drug is successful and the stock price continues to go higher.
    Department off sites and Christmas parties are great - kudos to the events dept.

    Cons

    Micro management. Small company minded execs despite being owned by a larger pharma company. Many, many growing pains. Terrible communication. Dysfunctional mess.

    Advice to Management

    Educate every employee about the drug and remind them that each day they come to work they are contributing to saving someone's life.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "ClinOps: head of the department"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pharmacyclics full-time

    Pros

    Company overall has good pay and benefits structure including bonus; Ibrutinib is a very good drug with minimal side effects and has very good results in blood cancers

    Cons

    ClinOps (Clinical Operations) is a crucial department in the company. Not too long ago, It had a very strong leader who had a vision , brought rigor to the projects and also in turn to the whole company. Unfortunately that leadership is lacking now. The current leader doesn't have any vision and can not put company and employees objectives ahead compared to personal gains??
    This is really comical that such a high leader who is managing almost ~ 200 people has time to interview a CTA level candidate. Sincerely I wish the department is in good hands than what it is now, which would reach out to higher management and fight for more projects to be brought in Pharmacyclics campus.

    Advice to Management

    Company specially the ClinOps needs a leadership which has reverie, innovation and which can motivate employees.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Director"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pharmacyclics full-time

    Pros

    Great drug, with plenty of free snacks, and free Friday breakfast/food.

    Cons

    Poor leadership, while President has the passion and interest to fix it, there is a big gap in leading projects/programs and weak thinkers across the board. Many super Directors titles and you don't seem to see they demonstrate at a truly Director ship style to lead. Some Directors are not listening but think they themselves are the best.

    Advice to Management

    Agree with some of the comments here that there is a need to clean up leadership team, you can spend the rest of your life to improve culture by offering training, but you need the right group of qualified personnel to help.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Extremely Sad state of affairs..."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pharmacyclics full-time

    Pros

    Ibrutinib thats pretty much it

    Cons

    Shocking and very vicious culture...Worst HR and heads of departments seen ever specially in Rnd more precisely clinops...HR partnership for these departments is inefficient, highly political, biased, spreads false rumors, discriminating and has no sense or experience of how RND departments should be served.... Most political HR scene you will come across in any company....!!! Clinops suffers the most and has seen the most repurcussions due to poor leadership as well as poor HR support...the worst combination ever!! One doesent feel like working in this toxic and poorly managed environment and feels demotivated all the time...recent restructure of the clinops department is the result of these reasons and so sad to see it happen to at least some of the great leaders....now no hope left for rest of us who were really enjoying our work before the restructure but now live in the fear of who knows what’s next....but the saddest part is that no one cares...

    Advice to Management

    None as nothing said ever to the Management gets done anyways...they all live in their own world making decisions that impact the rest of us without directly reaching out to the people who will get affected....


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Team Member"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pharmacyclics (More than a year)

    Pros

    Executive management seems to be genuinely concerned with improving the culture. I saw attempts being made to do so. If they can implement their plans should be a constant improvement in the culture. The HR was working hard to support these efforts.

    Cons

    The HR team is frequently the blame for what is not working but has never been given the support or clout to make improvements. Many of the departments are very cliquey, even the HR team at times. Even the interim head of HR had her obvious favorites. If you were not part of her group of favorites she would often walk right past you without a hello or any type of acknowledgement. Hopefully, the new head of HR will be able to enforce needed changes.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the department heads that do not share the values and goals aligned with the new direction of the company culture. Support and listen to your HR. Stop allowing other department heads to act like they are experts in all aspects of HR – recruiting, training, leadership, on-boarding, etc. HR does not pretend to be experts in IT, ClinOps, Finance, etc.


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