Employee experience

Exelixis offers purpose-driven career opportunities in an entrepreneurial biotechnology environment where our dedication to patients inspires us to give our best. Each of us brings unique talents and is poised to make a meaningful difference. We are proud to create transformational treatments that give more patients hope for the future. Join us.

Evolve on purpose at Exelixis

Thriving together on the West and East Coasts

Whether onsite at our campuses or remote, we show up as individuals and work together as one exceptional team to transform science into new treatments. We are building industry-leading facilities in biopharmaceutical regions of excellence on the West and East Coasts to expand our position of strength as we propel oncology innovation forward.

Our large, modern campus in Alameda’s Waterfront at Harbor Bay features state-of-the-art laboratories and community spaces that reflect our deep commitment to creating a nurturing work environment that fosters collaboration among our employees. We have expanded to Philadelphia’s burgeoning biopharma area, where we plan to grow our footprint over the next several years to accommodate as many as 500 employees in discovery, development and business operations functions.

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Committed to diversity, equity and inclusion

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We believe diverse perspectives are critical to solving complex problems in pursuit of our mission. To truly live our values, we celebrate our similarities, recognize our differences and create space for each and every one of us.

By supporting our employees and sustaining a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI)-centric culture, we continue to build a collaborative, welcoming environment for all.

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Experience more at Exelixis

Helping transform the future of cancer care is a full-team commitment, and it’s important that we celebrate both our people and our progress. We continuously reward, recognize and invest in professional and personal growth, offering a wide range of benefits that include holistic support to enhance employee learning and development, health and quality of life. Through onsite programs and events, we provide opportunities for self-care and community-building that exemplify the Exelixis spirit.

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Health and wellness

In addition to in-person and virtual fitness classes, we offer a monthly reimbursement stipend that can be used for gym memberships, video exercise programs, equipment and more. We also provide personalized mental health resources and conduct quarterly wellness challenges.

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Family support

Caring for our employees means caring for their families as well. We offer generous family planning and new parent support services, childcare tuition subsidy and tutoring support, elder and childcare backup care, pet insurance and more.

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Professional development

To evolve with purpose, lifelong learning is a priority. We support employees on this journey by offering professional development courses and leadership development programs, as well as a tuition reimbursement program.

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Onsite services at our headquarters

Time is a commodity. At our Alameda office, we have a subsidized café that serves nourishing, delicious food made with locally sourced ingredients. We also offer spin and yoga classes at our fully equipped fitness center, a quarterly farmer’s market, as well as a dry-cleaning service.

Our benefits

As a cornerstone of the Exelixis employee experience, we offer a generous selection of benefits to support our employees and their loved ones.

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Health coverage – because health should always come first

We offer comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans, along with tax-free, employer-contributed Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) for gender-affirming therapy and procedures.

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Financial wellness – preparing today for a better tomorrow

Employees have several benefits for current and future financial security, including access to a financial advisor, a 401K retirement plan, a 529 college savings plan, a tax-free Flexible Spending Account (FSA), tuition reimbursement, commuter benefits and more.

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Expanding the ways to save – through equity

Our employee stock purchase plan allows employees to make post-tax payroll deductions of up to 15% of their salary to purchase Exelixis common stock at a 15% discount.

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Accident protection – for life’s unexpected events

We provide a number of resources for a range of unexpected events, such as disability income protection, life insurance and a business travel accident plan.

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Time to recharge – life is about balance

We value self-care and provide employees with competitive paid time off and sick leave.

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Family assistance – it takes a village

Make the most of the moments that matter. Our inclusive benefits are designed to support family life with options like generous parental leave policies, grandparent leave, adoption, surrogacy and fertility programs, new parent and nursing mother support programs, mental health services, childcare tuition subsidy and tutoring services, dependent care for children and adults, family care coordination, pet insurance and more.

Guided by our values

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Guided by our values

Be Exceptional
Take the right action and lead others to do the right thing at the right time in the right way.

Excel for Patients
Innovate to design solutions and remove barriers to show how much we care.

Exceed Together
Apply rigor, resourcefulness and respect to maximize opportunities and deliver impactful results.

Inspired by our mission and credo

Exelixis is on a mission to help cancer patients recover stronger and live longer.

We drive for results, so patients can survive and thrive.
We are resilient in the face of adversity, and tireless in advancing our science.
We celebrate our long history of prolific drug discovery and rigorous drug development.
We unite to launch innovative medicines for difficult-to-treat cancers.
We exist to give people hope – one drug, one patient at a time.

WE ARE EXELIXIS

Working at Exelixis is more than a career-defining experience

I’ve been excited to see Exelixis’ continued growth. We’ve been focused on how we can show up best for patients, and it’s exciting to also have momentum in thinking about how we can share the foundation of who we are as a community. We have the opportunity to further define who we are, how we can support one another and what it truly means to Exceed Together.

Kalimah Salahuddin

DE&I Community Program Manager

At Exelixis, one of our driving values is that we Exceed Together, and I’m proud that our team brings one of the largest groups to participate in the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge. I have participated in 10 of these races and I look forward to it every year as a way to bond with colleagues and take part in a friendly, health-focused competition with other members of our community.

Mike Cancilla

Senior Vice President, Program Leadership

I’m honored to be able to serve both cancer patients and our nation in my roles at Exelixis and the Air National Guard. It might seem an odd professional coupling, but I’ve found the spirit of the organizations’ values are harmonious in encouraging excellence, service before self, teamwork and integrity.

Jim Wilburn

Executive Oncology Account Manager and Commander, 149th Medical Group/Det-1

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