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Genentech Reviews

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
846 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance, beautiful campus, co-workers are mostly nice and helpful (in 52 reviews)

  • Great benefits - very typical of extremely large companies (80,000 employees worldwide) (in 80 reviews)


Cons
  • It is hard to keep a good work life balance if the job is burning you out (in 51 reviews)

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

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Loved the job; hated the politics!

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

    I worked at Genentech

    Pros

    Great coworkers and an opportunity to provide services to patients seeking assistance in receiving medications. The pay is generally $30 per hour for reimbursement case managers.

    Cons

    There are a lot of politics. Senior permanent reimbursement case managers are responsible for training you verbally. If you get a poor teacher, expect poor training. There is a lot of favortism towards young female, Asian, contractors. If management doesn't like you personally, they will hound you until you quit or are terminated. Management reports their assessment of you to an organization, Pro-Unlimited, who then reports to your contracting agency. By the time you receive the critique, it is distorted, often irrelevant, and often is a complete prevarication. The high pay is what keeps the contracted workforce in place but there is a high degree of competition among contractors trying to win that elusive permanent position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We know that you are part of Roche and have deep pockets but your legal department needs to get over its fears of Genentech being sued and provide 3 ring binders with training materials that can be routinely updated as seen fit. Stop relying on FTE region owners to train. They don't have degrees in education and often don't have a linear approach to building a beginning to end process in how to complete case work. Pay attention to the contractors who are showing up one to two hours early to start work. They are skewing their work performance numbers upward in comparison to honest contractors who begin and end work when management instructs them to begin and end the work day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Technician Contractor for 1 year.

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    Former Employee - Bulk Technician in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Bulk Technician in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Genentech as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Starting as a contractor presents a chance at getting a full time position with a good salary and benifets. Well known company, will boost resume. There are a lot of good people around you and bonds are formed quickly.

    Cons

    Politics surrounding of full time entry and promotions are next to unbearable. It works to create disunity among co workers and have them competing for the same positions all the time. Contractors are treated as outsiders and makes for some awkward moments at meetings and social gatherings. Once I attend a year end holiday dinner and I had co workers giving me portions of food from their plate because they had so much and I could afford so little. It was kind of them but it made me feel indignant. Later management banned contractors from attending any company sponsored events with full time employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have too many contractors. You need to hire more full time employees and only keep contractors for short periods of time. A contractor working for Genetech for more than 2 years will have contributed plenty and want and deserve the same treatment and benifets as other full time employees. There is a culture problem with how people go about showing good job performance. Too much competitiveness within teams is counter productive. It seems a lot of people try too hard to show off and there are many mistakes covered up and blamed on the wrong people. Your training systems need to be more sophisticated than having new employees copy what the previous technicians did.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Torn -- Good Company but Crappy Bosses in Some Areas

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

    I worked at Genentech as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You don't have to do 8-5. You can work whatever hours you want, as long as you put in your 40. Other plus is there is no dress codes. Jeans, sweats, whatever, is cool.

    Cons

    My boss was a complete idiot. She was clueless and no business being a manager. She was in over her head. But she played the Genentech politics game well, so she continued to advance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire managers who have a clue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Just another Sweat shop

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    Former Employee - SQA Engineer in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - SQA Engineer in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Genentech

    Pros

    Easy commute and parking Cafeterias on site

    Cons

    Work weeks are based on 40 hr as well is the Salary. However, employees end up with minimum 60-70 hr work week every week. This was expected year around

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Contractor at genetech

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    Current Employee - QC Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - QC Associate in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech as a contractor

    Pros

    Their pay is above average for contractors. The SSF site is beautiful, the bay trail is nice break from all those lab hours. Free coffee, milk, and ice tea. Cafeteria is relatively cheap and edible.

    Cons

    Management, communication, big pharma, they treat contractor like crap. I get that contractors don't receive the same benefit as regular employees, but that doesn't give them the right to treat contractors as crap. If something goes wrong, it's automatically the contractor's fault, the management people don't want to take responsibility so the blame the contractor. Some departments are very disorganized, like the management don't even know what training you need to do for certain qualifications. They over stress that contractors don't get benefits, it's like gosh I know I don't have health care and can't go to events. They over stress that contractors should not be doing this this and this. Getting a tiring and annoying real fast.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Contractors are people too, we work as much or even harder than full time employees. Please treat contractors nicer, so contractors don't feel so outcasted.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Validation Engineer - Contractor

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    Former Employee - Validation Engineer in Oceanside, CA
    Former Employee - Validation Engineer in Oceanside, CA

    I worked at Genentech as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    1. The people I have met here are amazing - definitely live by the motto "work hard, play hard"
    2. Very accommodating and understanding in terms of days off, sicknesses, emergency, etc.
    3. Are concerned with your overall end goal and help you go towards it
    4. Good pay
    5. Worked at oceanside location, which was very nice building and near the beach!

    Cons

    My number 1 problem with Genentech, and is causing misery for all my coworkers, is the treatment of contractors. They separate us for everything and limit our access to any possible benefit - events, services, facilities, opportunities - even emergency notifications!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start treating contractors as an equal. They do just as much work (usually more) as permanent employees. Pretty soon you will lose all your contractors, who I know are valuable to the success of your products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mixed

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Good benefits. Stable. Inspiring mission. Smart people. Culture. Pay. Perks.

    Cons

    Politics. Questionable behaviors from leaders. Managers rating performance based on personal feelings rather than objective criteria. Broken 360 feedback process. Lack of transparency around promotion criteria.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more time to vet the character of leaders rather than greater emphasis towards their work success. In my years here, I've experienced 2 senior leaders behaving unethically and people looking the other way, several managers treating their employees horribly but got promoted because they managed up very nicely and people were too scared to speak up, HR failing to protect an employee from retaliation and sexual harassment. Genentech is a great company overall, but there are some bad people that have slipped through the cracks that have significantly impacted lives in a negative way.

  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not the place most people think it is

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Genentech is no longer the same

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Good place to work.

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Intake Coordinator

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genentech as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very professional environment. Good food. Decent pay.

    Cons

    Micro-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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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