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Genentech Reviews

Updated Jul 27, 2014
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3.7 742 reviews

80% Approve of the CEO

Genentech CEO Ian T. Clark

Ian T. Clark

(285 ratings)

81% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Good Company, a lot of politics, and sure helps if you speak German and have a PhD.

    Senior Project Manager (Current Employee) South San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat Benefits
    Intelligent people.
    Great projects, pipeline and opportunities to collaborate with Roche and other partners.

    ConsPolitics.
    Easier to come from the outside in then to be promoted in current position.
    It is big pharma now.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Clinical Operations is a nightmare

    Senior Clinical Program Leader (Former Employee) South San Francisco, CA

    ProsThere are some really great people.

    ConsLongtime GNE employees think very highly of themselves, are defensive about providing historical information and are not open to new ideas. Functional managers disregard contributors investment in a project and change assignments at will. The patients who supposedly are so important to the company would be appalled to see swag that comprises entire wardrobes of some employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRoche merger is a good opportunity to get rid of dead wood.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Cool coworkers, not so cool management

    Service Desk Analyst (Former Employee) Redwood City, CA

    ProsFree lunches on super busy days
    Fun contests and games on holiday
    Free to roam around and hang with your buddies as long as you answer all your calls

    ConsManagement sucks
    If you are not a social butterfly then you get canned
    Barely anyone goes perm

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake the time to get to know your employees

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

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    Not the old Genentech

    Maintenance Planner (Former Employee) Oceanside, CA

    ProsHaving worked in operations for eight years in Vacaville, South San Francisco and Oceanside, South San Francisco is by far the best location and still has a strong Genentech culture, Outside of San Francisco the culture is less noticeable, but in general People are nice, benefits are good not great. Ho-Ho's are nice , work can be challenging, co-workers are supportive

    ConsWorking in Vacaville or Oceanside pay is low, stock options are almost non existent, weak culture, poor management, management shoots from the hip with no clear plan or strategies. Managers are not leaders but "yes" men and women. Nearly impossible to advance to a new position unless you are part of the "in crowd". If you want the five star rating work in South San Francisco, Vacaville and Oceanside are disappointments.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake an effort to strengthen the culture at Vacaville and Oceanside, allow internal applicants to advance their careers, improve contractor workers work conditions, fire managers that do not understand metrics and who manage their departments by threatening employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Bio-process Technician

    Senior Bio Process Technician (Current Employee) Oceanside, CA

    Pros6 week Sabatical after 6 years
    6% 401k match
    Fair insurance
    good vacation time
    Good shifts

    ConsPromotion percentage are low and time to take to get promotions are long
    Movement in company is limited
    Very cut throat corparate
    Apply large changes to lifestyles frequently changes shifts

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Positive Experience in Pharma Informatics

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNice people, healthy culture, logical & rational work behavior

    ConsAvailability of colleagues to get work done

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Was doing better after merge but waning again

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCompany still has potential and perks. They retain some of the original perks that made the pre-merge GNE great even though much of the spirit may not be as genuine.

    ConsRoche is reasserting itself and the culture is becoming more in business for business. Used to be "people first" but no longer investing so much in the individual contributors. Senior leaders instructed to message how to do more with less. Lots of nepotism with unfairness in hiring and promotion practices. Recently a job was announced that it would be posted for 5 days, open to internal candidates only, and that "a preferred internal candidate has been identified but you are welcome to apply". Compensation given on a curve so someone is always assessed as underperforming which fosters an environment of backstabbing, cliques and politics. Middle managers with no project work often need to create work for their reports because they don't have enough individual work to do resulting in micromanagement or bullying so they can be seen as high performers to their management. Senior leaders want middle management so they alleviate the number of reports to focus on politics and maneuvering. Organizations are top heavy making rank and file overworked with most of the pay going to the senior leaders who are rewarded with more compensation if they can squeeze more work from fewer people and lower pay.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemove the layers of management that are not doing project work. Those with project work can have direct reports as they can best understand what their employees are going through. Clean up the governance structure so decisions can be made quickly instead of onerous slide preparation, briefings etc that delay overall timelines. Invest in your employees and give them ownership of their work and opportunities for development. Drive decision-making down to the lowest appropriate level. Increase fairness in promotion and hiring practices instead of making decisions based on 'cliques'. Think hard on cost-cutting decisions if the trade off is higher employee dissatisfaction and engagement. Foster integrity by keeping your promises. Senior leaders think they need to make the important decisions but perhaps they need to learn how to delegate better--generate data to see if smarter decisions are made by senior leaders or those that know the project and competitive environment best.

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

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    Senior scientific manager

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgreat work culture and flexible hours

    Conslong hours of work and low salary

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Huge divide for Contractors in the Service Desk Dept.

    Service Desk Analyst (Former Employee) Redwood City, CA

    ProsNot many for contractors...I'm sure a lot more pros for regular (blue badge) employees. As a contractor, we were allowed to have the food after the weekly meetings but could not partake in any of the other parties that involved alcohol.

    Given Blackberries to be connected after work hours, but for the majority of the time, we were able to leave work at work.

    ConsThe Service Desk managers & other regular full-time employees make it a point to go out of their way practically on a daily basis to remind you that you do not have the same benefits/privileges as they do if you are a contractor. Management only cares about your metrics and if there is a warm body sitting in the chair to answer calls...not the quality of how you solve issues and how great your customer service is.

    No movement opportunities to other departments.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave a little bit more equality for the contractors. They are people too...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Foundation Specialist

    Foundation Specialist (Current Employee) South San Francisco, CA

    ProsPay is great, hours are great as well. For the most part, management is flexible. Affordable cafeterias, Genenbus.

    Conscontractors usually stay contractors, almost impossible to get a full time position especially in access solutions. Don't count on becoming permanent if you hired as a Reimbursement, FS or case manager position.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop segregating contractors form full time employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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