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Pharmacyclics Reviews

Updated November 10, 2017
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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 15 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 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Extremely Sad state of affairs..."

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    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....


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Director"

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

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

    Pros

    AMAZING drug and pipeline. Possibilities for drug seem "endless"
    Good salary.

    Cons

    I can go on and on. Here's just a few big ones as they permeate everywhere else the company is about.

    1. AWFUL culture - Values are generic/basic....please. Get some substance and flesh this out further.
    2. Majority of leaders are INEPT!!!
    3. No integrity.
    4. Inequity all around.

    So much better elsewhere.

    One would think ABBV, a big and established company, would have a great culture, but it's just as bad. Probably nothing else in IL, so people tolerate it.

    Also, probably why many positions sit empty for long periods of time, other than the location being far from everything.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with yourself. Clean house. Some of the poorest leadership ever experienced.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Quality"

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    Current Employee - Quality
    Current Employee - Quality
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pharmacyclics full-time

    Pros

    The President is kind hearted and wants to improve the culture. There are some very good people at PCYC but many have left.

    Cons

    Quality is dysfunctional. Mgnt is removed and out of touch. Does not appreciate their staff. Affects morale. HR is well aware of the dysfunctions and does little to support hard working employees. HR has allegiance to Mgnt. NOT to the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Abbvie needs to clean house and show PCYC work ethics, professionalism and how a real company operates. Get rid of stagnant “self important” people who brings little value to the company. Listen to the employees. They are the worker bees for the company and receive little recognition/reward.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Recent Radical Restructure of Clinical Operations Department!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Pharmacyclics just initiated the most radical, and positive move within the Clinical Operations group and eliminated some long standing dysfunctional senior management personnel! The department now has the opportunity to build a truly efficient and employee friendly group.

    Cons

    Risk of restructure using a big pharma model, and over-applying AbbVie corporate structure and expectations to Pharmacyclics.

    Advice to Management

    The executive management has to realize the needs and expectations of the employees within the context of SF Bay Area Biotech idiosyncrasies. If they can do this, there is hope!


  5. Helpful (8)

    "suffocating work environment at some depts"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Some of the most hard working colleagues I've ever encountered.
    - Most of the AbbVie leadership team that was brought in is sincere and really trying to turn things around for the better.
    - President (CEO) EvB seems sincere and socially skilled but seems unable to fix atmosphere.
    - Imbruvica is helping more patients every day, and it's a privilege to support that.
    - Compensation is above average, and is supplemented with various add-ons.

    Cons

    - Some of the more recent, surprisingly positive reviews here on Glassdoor are WITHOUT ANY DOUBT orchestrated by management.

    - In some departments, the work environment is extremely toxic, and upper management has continued to fail in replacing those knowingly responsible .
    - personnel turn-over is extremely high: the majority of people are looking for a way out.
    - There is no real early stage development (novel drugs) process, and it's unlikely there will ever be.
    - The feeling of merely being a cash-cow that's being further optimized for AbbVie is not particularly good.

    Life is to short to be miserable...

    Advice to Management

    BIG (ever lasting) problems need BIG solutions. Don't be afraid to fix too much. Hire more people with soft skills, and less with shark skin.
    Most importantly: the only way to stop this "disease" from continuing to spread is to get rid of a lot of the leadership team at once, so the newcomers don't get pulled into the same shark game.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Human Resources"

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

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

    Pros

    They develop and manufacture leading edge cancer drugs

    Cons

    Lack of integrity and sound leadership negatively permeate the culture


  7. Helpful (7)

    "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.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "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.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "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.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "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.


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