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Portola Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated March 30, 2017
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  1. "Bright future for Portola"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    smart people, good pipeline, challenging environment

    Cons

    All manufacturing is contracted out


  2. "Fantastic internship program"

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    Former Employee - Intern in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in South San Francisco, CA
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Highly involved supervisors with strong support frameworks in place to encourage growth in the scope of the position, training to spec and an emphasis on individual ability and advancement in skills and interest

    Cons

    Smaller company size provides limited upward mobility, mitigated by strong personal relationships built over time.


  3. "Portola"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Portola Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Great Fast paced environment, where you can actually get things done. Great group of people, most are ready to collaborate to move the company forward.

    Cons

    Fast paced isn't for everyone. If you are the type that would rather not stand out, it would be hard to hide here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. The company keeps moving forward, and we get an amazing amount done with very little it terms of resources.


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  5. "Unprofessional at best"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    A stream of income as well as the many potential drugs that are in the company portfolio. The pay is decent .

    Cons

    A very odd culture in the Quality group ; will seek out staff that isn't the best for projects and label them haphazardly . Senior management is odd due to the top level individuals who come from organizations that were not the best.

    Advice to Management

    What to say to managers who simply don't care


  6. "Portola at a glance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Portola Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Small enough to have real impact

    Cons

    Tough work life balance overall


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Innovative science + Highly experienced management team"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Portola Pharmaceuticals as an intern

    Pros

    I found myself surrounded by a lot of smart people who care. Great learning experience.

    Cons

    My manager was rather busy so that I had less time to learn from him in the beginning.


  8. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Portola Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Interesting science is to be had

    Cons

    Some management lacks the knowledge on how to deal with people in a respectful manner.