Genentech Reviews

Updated August 1, 2015
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Genentech CEO Ian T. Clark
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Pros
  • GEOS Management survey - keeps the managers respectful (before GEOS they would railroad - no work-life balance) (in 52 reviews)

  • It comes with many great benefits as well (in 80 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance can be challenging (in 51 reviews)

  • Lower pay, NO work/life balance (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Best Company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - MBA Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Current Intern - MBA Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, shuttle service, food on-site, location, and managers and smart people all around

    Cons

    Sometime alignment with all the stakeholders can take a long time and working with smart people means hard to persuade some of them from time to time

    Advice to Management

    Very talent focused and it pays off - people stick around and get promoted and move onto greater things


  2. Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Scientist in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits. Strong culture. Highly intelligent peers

    Cons

    Strong culture. Sometimes consensus driven to a fault. Not as agile as before


  3. Review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Benefits -Community -Peers -Location -Culture A great place to work, learn, and thrive

    Cons

    -Large company -Not many other cons


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  5. Technician,

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits, Perks, Great people to work with. Transportation benefits, free bus. Industry Leader. They try very hard t keep employees happy and well informed. Lots of reources and training available for Career Growth.

    Cons

    Slow career growth, reluctant to promote. Has a Union like feel for the working environment. There is a disconnect from upper management, middle management and lower management to the working class.


  6. Intern

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Genentech as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Amazing atmosphere, respect among employees, and great benefits.

    Cons

    I do not have any cons.


  7. Best Place I've Ever Worked

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Utility Plant Operator in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Utility Plant Operator in Hillsboro, OR

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Love the company, Love the people

    Cons

    Mainly West coast locations in Cali and OR


  8. Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    Really friendly people, flexible work. Company cares about its employees. Seems easy to move between different roles within the company.

    Cons

    Can't really think of any.


  9. Sr. Administrative Assistant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Associate/Project Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Associate/Project Coordinator in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    *Provides a solid foundation to support Business Partners *equips you with tools need to fulfill every tasks *given opportunities to learn duties outside of your scope

    Cons

    *maintenance can be better improved in some details. *IT calendar issues/glitches


  10. Senior Supervisor, Contracts

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Senior Supervisor, Contracts in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Senior Supervisor, Contracts in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech as a contractor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, great science, great benefits

    Cons

    Only downside is that this is a very large company, so you tend to be hired for a specific job and there isn't much flexibility to venture out of your very, very narrow job function.


  11. Director, Rare Disease Makreting

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in San Mateo, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Competitive compensation (have to be to live in Bay area) and perks/services - Very focused on breakthrough science - pipeline historically very strong (oncology) - Roche integration has gone well, desire to preserve innovative culture at Genentech

    Cons

    - Do not have good way to integrate external expertise/talent into career pipeline (use competitive interviewing all the way to VP level, jobs go to "those you know" - Pipeline heavy in oncology and struggling in other areas, could be headed for challenging times



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