Genentech Reviews

Updated May 30, 2014
Updated May 30, 2014
798 Reviews

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance, beautiful campus, co-workers are mostly nice and helpful (in 42 reviews)

  • Employees get great benefits, though Roche prefers to save money by hiring contractors (in 71 reviews)


Cons
  • It is hard to keep a good work life balance if the job is burning you out (in 43 reviews)

  • After the merger with Roche there have been many changes that are taking some time to get used to (in 22 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    racist place to work

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    Former Employee - Engineer Department  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer Department in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Genentech full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    sooo much gossip and people not working.

    Cons

    you are judged by your prada

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    TC

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    Current Employee - Training Manager  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Training Manager in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Commute - Bus transportation to work

    Cons

    Poor treatment of contract workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire permanent employees instead of revolving door of contractors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Lots of promise, but no upper management vision

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

    I have been working at Genentech as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    - Interesting work
    - Committed people
    - Good benefits, although current FTEs complain they're going downhill

    Cons

    - Some Roche management is disconnected to the point of not acknowledging contractors' existence.
    -Roche management is too hierarchical. FTEs are "spanked" if they engage with anyone higher than their direct boss without permission.
    - Roche is hiring more and more contractors rather than invest in FTEs
    - Long-time employees are allowed to stagnate and underperform even if it causes chaos and dissatisfaction.
    - Roche management's idea of innovation is to cut costs and expect more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - If you're going to hire contractors as your workforce, utilize them!
    - Listen more and make real change without getting defensive.
    - Don't crush the innovation you acquired Genentech for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Systems in place do not allow employees to accomplish the goals and mission statement of the company

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    Current Employee - Quality Control  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Quality Control in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    great science and products, both on the market and in the pipeline. honorable mission statement and focus on patients. great facilities and infrastructure: nice offices, cafeteria, shuttles, etc.

    Cons

    compensation and benefits are reasonable, but not as competitive as they'd let you believe...departmental differences are vast; some departments are paid much better than others, though the job levels/responsibilities are similar...terrible politics and bureaucracy inhibits even the "best" employees in performing their job well; constantly having to jump through hoops to accomplish goals. however, those who play the games well and know how to manipulate management shine and are recognized on a daily basis. people learn to just do "enough" to get by, and become complacent.

    senior management is inefficient and ineffective in policy making and decisions, and often extremely out-of-touch of the group dynamic of their group. publicly, they praise the spirit of collaboration, when in fact, people are incredibly selfish and always trying to hide information to cover their behind. very little developmental opportunities, unless you get lucky with a great manager...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    managers should be required to take training courses on managing people before becoming a manager. individual contributors who performs a job well may not be a good people/project manager. have more candid conversations with those "in the trenches," and not just listen to those closest to you. most of all, listen to feedback, both positive and negative, and take actions accordingly; you are in a position of authority to reward hard work, but to also address issues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Giant Market Player

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Genentech as a contractor

    Pros

    Cutting edge technologies, Proven employee benefit, Amazing campus, Buses

    Cons

    Less no. of young talents, discriminations for Contractors (green badges), politics, poor management, retirement company, no more free buses, super slow HR process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide your budgets and employee roles, encourage hiring young employees for energy, dynamics and flexibility, pay some heed to the contractors who work more than your regular (blue-badge) employees, review individual contributions before Commending Your Employees and be open minded in hiring (EEO policies)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company product-and-business-wise, but it's not treating its people very well

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, beautiful campus, co-workers are mostly nice and helpful

    Cons

    Generally depressing working environment, at least in the department where I work.

    Most employees are nice but a lot of people are narrow-minded and snobbish, considering themselves superior and acting condescendingly to contractors.

    People are hard-working but generally uptight, non-relaxed and older. People get promoted because of length of stay, instead of capabilities.

    The general atmosphere is the exact opposite of being upbeat, bright or exciting, work is routine, dull and full of bureaucracy, endless meetings which are mostly empty and super inefficient, people have meetings just for the sake of it.

    A lot of trivial politics.

    Something small but very revealing about what I meant: the company decided to become "greener", so they started to promote a program aiming at reducing waste and energy use, which is great. But they only did things that will look good on paper or presentation but does nothing to actually be greener. One example is that the company usually has paper cups next to coffee/water machines. I would think they want to replace the paper cups with glass cups that can be re-used, or simply remove the paper cups so that people will have to bring their own cups. But no, they decided, "after careful examination", to remove the bigger paper cups and only supply small paper cups. I don't think that will do anything to reduce the usage of paler cups, or even do the opposite because now people might end up using more cups per day. Other things include that they installed multiple big screen expensive monitors in the company to track the progress of the "becoming greener" project, which does nothing really except for looking good to inspectors and visitors.

    Generally the company has a "brain-washing" vibe, trying to convince people that it's the best company in the world. According to what I see and experience, I could not disagree more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managing a big company can be hard but treating people right, promoting talent and keeping efficiency is really important.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Routine work , useless data , extremely busy

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    Former Employee - Research Associate  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Genentech as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    only earn money, support your own life

    Cons

    only like a robot working there, no chance to get any happiness there

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Poor Management throughout, Horrible IT Department, Overly Political.

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    Former Employee - IT Project Manager  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Genentech as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice cafeterias in three of the twenty or so buildings. The company is helping a lot of people with cutting edge medications and advanced cancer research. Employees get great benefits, though Roche prefers to save money by hiring contractors. If your in the upper-mid or upper echelon, you are getting a decent salary and you are being treated like a king.

    Cons

    HIGHLY political culture with MANY incompetent managers who seemingly unknowingly encourage an elitist-like culture. Pay is awful if you are not in the upper portion of the political spectrum. The company cut costs on things it should not, such as IT.

    Overall, a depressing experience since I was coming in thinking this is the sort of company that is setting an example for future work culture where everyone is treated fairly and there is a feeling that EVERYONE is a part of the overall team. Its the opposite. Genentech is a perfect example of corporate culture and all of the negative traits rightly associated with it. Mainly that the elites are favored and the people working hard are considered disposable. If this company can save a dollar by axing you, they will not blink an eye in doing so. Basically, I received a pay cut while there are members making 480x what I currently make!

    One is much better off working at a place that will acknowledge hard work and rightfully compensate for it. Rather than pinching pennies with the notion that they are doing a person like me a favor by allowing me to be on a sterile campus over-run with cubicles for the "little people" and private offices for the elites. Highly disappointing that a successful company like Genentech is allowing anyone on the campus, let alone people with jobs that are of extremely HIGH necessity to bring home less than 35k a year. Especially in a place like the Bay Area.

    I left this company to work for a start-up that is paying me over 80k for performing a third of the work that I was doing at Genentech. Maybe Roche is responsible for the way things currently are and the way things are apparently headed?

    The bottom line is that I cant recommend this place to anyone without an MBA or Doctorate. Life is too short.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get off the high horse!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    They don't treat contract workers well. Very unprofessional place to work.

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    Former Employee - Case Manager  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Case Manager in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Genentech as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Salary, benefits and work shuttle.

    Cons

    Absolutely no communication with the contract staff. Furthermore, employees and magagers were quite rude to the contract employees - utter lack of respect and very unprofessional. Regular employees and managers do not adhere to a schedule. I am very punctual and am never late.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a course in how to be professional and treat your employees with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    depends on which dept you work in

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Genentech full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great benefits, good pay, great name and solid products

    Cons

    on commercial side of company, its very cut throat. can't trust anyone. a very conniving culture. people back stab others all the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop perpetuating a sick culture. none of the leadership is admirable. they are all too busy managing up and not instilling any sort of passion and goodwill with their subordinates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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