Genentech
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www.gene.com South San Francisco, CA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jun 4, 2014
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80% Approve of the CEO

Genentech CEO Ian T. Clark

Ian T. Clark

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    Not the place most people think it is

    (Current Employee)

    Pros-Large, well established company. Resources that may not be available to smaller companies or start-ups are readily available.
    -Other companies may pay more, but the pay and benefits at Genentech are nothing to complain about.

    Cons- A class system exists. Contractors work harder than some full-time employee, yet are not recognized. If you aren't in a more senior level position you can get stuck being a workhorse with no recognition.
    - Promotions don't seem to be merit based. Same thing goes full time positions offered to contract workers. Management plays favorites, it can be very hard to move up if you don't play politics.
    - Employees are overworked. It is hard to keep a good work life balance if the job is burning you out

    Advice to Senior Management- Instead of management giving "press release" type speeches they should be honest and tell it like it is, good or bad.
    - Pay attention to who your hard workers are and reward them. Be more thoughtful when it comes to hiring and promotions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Genentech is no longer the same

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood place to work.

    ConsLimited opportunities for career growth
    People are extremely arrogant
    No great managers as before
    HR favors upper management and not employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    ProsVery professional environment. Good food. Decent pay.

    ConsMicro-management. They kept hiring and firing contract employees so they put unrealistic expectations on everyone else to pick up their workload. Overworked I was asked multiple times to change my schedule. Overtime became apart of my regular workday. Long commute from my location. Stressed out. Management definitely had favorites.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe realistic with your employees, hire the necessary staff to do the job and don't put so much pressure on staff.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Contractors are second class citizens!

    Associate Contract Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsThe compensation is excellent "golden hand-cuffs" and commuter benefits.

    ConsContractors "green badge" are treated as second class citizens! Unless you're a "blue badge" permanent employee, you're not treated as "family" and recognized for your contributions. No career-development, no performance reviews, very disorganized. Too many blues are concerned about what their going to eat for lunch or raving about company events they attended. Office space is at a premium and people have to sit 2-3 in a cube (sardines) and finally a very elitist attitude by "blue badge" employees. No pay for forced company holiday shutdown periods (Thanksgiving and Christmas Season)

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the color badge system and treat people as equals.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very Regimented

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsI worked at two different facilities in CA, mainly in operations and each have different cultures but in general the work can be fulfilling and challenging. Many of the people are very focused on improvements and will take the time to listen to new ideas. The HoHo's are nice and as are the sabbaticals. Good place to learn new processes and gain experience

    ConsMany middle managers will micro manager and place blame on you when projects do not go as planned. Middle Managers can be very hostile to you in private and warm and welcoming in a public setting. The plant in northern California exemplifies this behavior. Raises and bonuses are poor compared to my previous employer. Usually 1 to 2% raise is the norm and goals can be outdated, very complicated or very difficult to achieve.There are always conflicts between departments causing friction, delays and long hours to resolve. No room for advancement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLive the Genentech values and embrace the true Genentech culture, learn how to budget properly, take care of issues as they arise, do not sweep problems underneath the rug. You have a very educated work force there is no need to micro manage and praise people for doing outstanding work instead of praising your favorite employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not the place it used to be

    (Former Employee)

    ProsGood benefits and lovely campus

    ConsLower pay, NO work/life balance. Lots of management cliques, hard to make friends. Lazy people get rewarded while hard workers take up their slack. HORRIBLE processes. Merger ruined this company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPunish the lazy workers or get rid of them. You'll keep your harder workers that way. Don't just give work/life balance lip service - mean it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not what I was expecting

    (Current Employee)

    ProsThere is always food. Left overs from meetings is a free for all for everyone

    ConsIt might just be in my department but, it's not very professional. My "supervisor" is hardly very good at being that title. He/she is only called that because he/she is the one who hired me because the big boss was out at the time. Since I've started here, all I've done is order food for lunch meetings. I pretty much commute to spend my day, my 8 hours sitting in from of my computer doing nothing. Work is not being properly delegated. The supervisor acts like a child and teaches me minimal for fear of losing his/her job. I've already vented about this problem to my boss and not much has changed. I'm not being challenged nor has this been rewarding. I have learned a little but not as much as I was expecting

    Advice to Senior ManagementJust because you have had a certain employee here for years, you tend to miss out on the things he/she does and doesn't do. As I had stated, I've already complained about being under utilized to the boss and I haven't seen much progress. Some of the people here are too petty and like to be chatty cathy's that it affects the way they should be treating an employee. It is not worth my time to sit here for 8 hours and do absolutely nothing. I have to pretend like i'm doing something. I think some reasons I am not given work is because only a full time employee is allowed to do those certain things. So, why was I hired in the first place? Oh, to cover for the person who always calls in sick. That's very professional.

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    It was amazing at first...

    Case Manager @ Access Solutions (Current Employee)

    ProsThe COMPANY is amazing. Perks, vacation, and people are great! Great benefits!

    Cons* it's been extremely difficult to maneuver into new roles or opportunities
    * difficulty getting recognized in such a large group
    * Career growth options are limited at best

    Advice to Senior ManagementLISTEN to the people that do the actual work. It seems like supervisors' supervisors are the ones making decisions and that's great and all, but they do not see the impact on the people that work the frontline and actually DO the work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    If you dont fit the clique, you are ousted...no matter how hard you work

    Materials Operations Specialist (Former Employee)
    Oceanside, CA

    ProsBig Company with stability and future growth since they became Roche.

    ConsContractors are alienated. Also, be ready to get on the lemmings train...conform....or goodbye
     to you. The funny thing is, they try to push outside the box thinking....but shun you when you speak up.
    And this coming from MULTIPLE people ( more ex employees as well) = Way too much Politics and drama in Oceanside.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't try to manage every aspect of every person. Some people are good at certain things and not so much at others. Don't use tactics like upgrading a system to relieve yourself from people that are less fortunate.
    Also, Introverts are not bad people. Some of the greatest minds ever were that way.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    If you get a good manager it is great. If you get a bad manager, God help you.

    Senior Research Associate (Current Employee)
    South San Francisco, CA

    ProsThere are still some good researchers around but there is a slow and steady brain drain going on.
    Compensation is not the best but OK.

    ConsA lot of managers have risen to their current position due to attrition and not because of their qualifications/qualities/abilities. They are understandably afraid of more qualified and able personnel and try to hamper their career growth. Since everything here is manager driven if you get a bad one then, well, too bad. However there are some great people here who actively foster employee development but none of them are in research.
    People in commercial operations and development seem to be happy but those in research appear to be equally (if not more) unhappy.
    Benefits are slowly going away, with the bi-monthly Ho Ho-s, then the compensation for riding on the bus; now they have started asking employees to pay for taking the bus on some routes (previously this was only limited to contractors and temps). Health insurance is not as good as before.
    Some people pretend to do "science" without any understanding of it.
    Lower level employees cannot give real feedback on their managers.
    There is a lot of promise of change but everything stays the same.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease appreciate research and researchers in particular. They are the real backbone of this company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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