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Genentech Reviews

Updated October 25, 2014
Updated October 25, 2014
813 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance, beautiful campus, co-workers are mostly nice and helpful (in 50 reviews)

  • Great benefits - very typical of extremely large companies (80,000 employees worldwide) (in 78 reviews)


Cons
  • It is hard to keep a good work life balance if the job is burning you out (in 50 reviews)

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

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    Validation Engineer - Contractor

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Validation Engineer in Oceanside, CA
    Former Employee - Validation Engineer in Oceanside, CA

    I worked at Genentech as a contractor (more than an 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
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Contractor at genetech

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 1 person 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.

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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Genentech is no longer the same

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not the place most people think it is

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Intake Coordinator

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genentech as a contractor (more than an 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
  8. 8 people found this helpful  

    Contractors are second class citizens!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Contract Manager
    Current Employee - Associate Contract Manager

    I have been working at Genentech as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Contractors "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 ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the color badge system and treat people as equals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not the place it used to be

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

    I worked at Genentech

    Pros

    Good benefits and lovely campus

    Cons

    Lower 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 ManagementAdvice

    Punish 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not what I was expecting

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

    I have been working at Genentech as a contractor

    Pros

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

    Cons

    It 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 ManagementAdvice

    Just 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.

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    It was amazing at first...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Case Manager @ Access Solutions
    Current Employee - Case Manager @ Access Solutions

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

    Pros

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    LISTEN 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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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