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Rigel Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated December 31, 2016
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  1. "RA 1"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great learning environment. Friendly people to work with. Great atmosphere to work in. Would work with the people again if given the chance. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Low funding, starting to lean more toward commercialization. Less focused on research. Not the ideal place for research and development.

    Advice to Management

    None I can really think of. Everything seemed to be going well except the recent big cut of work force but I guess that was needed to maintain progress toward commercial of the main candidate.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "No longer a good place for Research/Science"

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rigel Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Rigel used to be an excellent place to work in Research & Development. Salaries were above industry standards. Great benefits package. Innovative research, novel disease indications pursued, and terrific resources allocated in research (equipment & budgets). Small company where you know most of the employees. Very generous with stock options grants given out annually.

    Cons

    Rigel has been plagued with many clinical failures. Half of research was laid off in September 2016 (just below the number of employees and the % of company that would trigger the WARN act) and I suspect the days are numbered for all the other employees remaining in research. Not a transparent company. The two biology groups were not collaborative to the point of being secretive. Several high level employees 'retired' according to emails/press releases in the last two years, but that is clearly not true for two or three of these individuals. The new HR department takes pride in getting new hires at the lowest salary possible (below industry standards), has reduced the frequency of promotions and salary increases, and in general has had a negative effect on the workplace.

    Advice to Management

    FYI 1.5 weeks of severance pay for every year worked IS BELOW INDUSTRY STANDARDS.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "fired without a warning after 13 years"

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist

    Pros

    Really enjoyed working with my coworkers

    Cons

    After just 3 months on the job, the Chief Medical Officer fired me without warning for "not being committed enough", though I'd been at the company for 13 years, had written almost 10 papers, was almost 50 years old and had a wife and 3 young children at home. I asked for a second chance, to which she curtly said no, I'll never be committed enough.

    Advice to Management

    Show some compassion.


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  5. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rigel Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    family like environment, interesting science, nice people

    Cons

    family like environment, department dependant advancement opportunities


  6. "Work experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing people, Compensation, work life balance!

    Cons

    I can't think of one..


  7. "Great for learning!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    *Great training and education, especially if you're fresh off college
    *Competitive pay and healthcare benefits
    *Friendly colleagues
    *Inspiring CSO
    *High standards from managers, which is a good thing if you truly want to improve and learn

    Cons

    *Many clinical trial failures, which can take a toll on your psychology
    *Expect to work long hours if you have project deadlines

    Advice to Management

    They try to keep you if they can (i.e. if they have money). Very inspiring and scientifically savvy people here. But a lot of times the drug industry relies on luck.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "I worked at Rigel & was laid off after during a reorganization after a late stage clinical failure."

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    Current Employee - Research Associate II in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate II in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Rigel Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and competitive salary. Excellent facility in a good location. Willing to promote on merit with good raises. Bonuses in good years.

    Cons

    Too many Directors and Vice-Presidents. The company has a weak pipeline and the prospects for the future of the company are bleak. A lot of money is wasted on advancing weak compounds into the clinic for short term goals.

    Advice to Management

    Can half of the do nothings in Biology. When the emperor wears no clothes there are few who will speak up out of fear; laying off loyal employees who are willing to speak out, not our of disloyalty, but in the spirit of frank honest scientific inquiry, is not a recipe for success.


  9. "Nice place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice lab and friendly environment

    Cons

    Just needed to finish work on time

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


  10. "Interesting experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Rigel Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Depending on the group, the colleagues are very friendly and collaborative. Work-life balance is important, and flexible work schedules are common..

    Cons

    There are too many conflicts between individuals in upper management leading to disfunctional project teams. The drug candidates have potential, but there isn't much experience in-house to take the products to late stage development. There are more directors and VPs than most companies this size.

    Advice to Management

    Good managers/supervisors are not naturally born - some training may help reduce high turn-over rates.


  11. "Low turnover, hard working people focused on good science"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rigel Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    This company cares about their employees by providing good benefits, weekly socials, and a semi-friendly working environment. In return the employees often work long hours and take pride in their work. They have retained the "small company" feel and many employees have been there for 10+ years so it feels a little like a family- that, to me, is a sign of a good work environment.

    Cons

    They do not support career development - such as funding conference attendance and they do not provide training - it's sink or swim and that is entirely up to you. The higher ranking employees have an exclusivity air about them - as in they stick with their own kind - but that's probably true for most executive level people.

    Advice to Management

    Provide team building exercises, encourage and fund career development activities such as conferences (for the "lower employees" not talking about the executive.)



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