Mission: Exelixis is on a Mission to Help Cancer Patients Recover Stronger and Live Longer.
I worked at Exelixis full-time (More than a year)
There are no redeeming qualities.
Exelixis is more focused on making money than on following through with a particular vision. They’ll do whatever it takes to make their money — regardless of who gets hurt.
Exelixis likes to say “never be afraid to give feedback”. However, it’s just lip service.
If you dare to share your views you’ll notice Sr. Leadership & HRs disposition towards you change. They’ll stop talking to you. You’ll be shunned and be catorgized as unsupportive of the organization, and told you need to be a better team player.
The picture is quite clear - truthful feedback is never appreciated.
You’ll quickly learn loyalists and sycophants were appreciated, while realists were punished. The company has built a culture of "yes” employees.
Advice to Management
Listening is the most powerful skill a leader can master but it requires humility.
Be Humble. Many people think humility is a weakness, but it actually takes strength. It makes Sr. Leadership approachable. The more humble you are, the more team members would be motivated to share their suggestions and recommendations with you.
Developing leadership skills is a lifetime project. As a leader, your job is to encourage others around you to be open and honest without negative consequences. When employees offer their ideas and differing opinions - be open-minded. Companies that remain strong in this competitive market, understand the need to embrace change and continuous improvement.
The most important lesson that Exelixis needs to learn is listening. Listening is crucial to gaining a complete understanding of every situation. Without this full understanding, one can easily waste everyone’s time by solving the wrong problem or merely addressing a symptom, rather than the root cause and we all know Exelixis has a problem in employment retention.
The ego must go. The ego blinds us with a false sense of indestructibility, clouds our judgement thus leading to poor decisions.
More than ever, the leaders at Exelixis will need to master the skill of “Lead with Listening.” The future success of your business depends on it!
I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Exelixis (South San Francisco, CA (US)) in January 2010.
Their hiring process is fine, although you have to interview with many people and the entire process can take months before you receive a job offer. First you have a couple of telephone screens, then you have a face to face interview with several employees then there may be a follow up telephone interview.
There is no opportunity to negotiate as the make it clear that an offer is the best and only one they will make.
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