Genentech Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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  1. Most Days, Cons Outweigh Pros

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Medical/Dental Benes
    Cultural Diversity
    Paid Education
    Quality Architecture/Office Aesthetics
    Social Events

    Cons

    Yearly increase in pay not significant.
    Stock options are nothing to celebrate.
    Upper Mgmt behave entitled.
    Human Resources are impersonable.
    Website is not easy to navigate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start respecting your hard working employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Clinical safety Associate

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good.
    Nice cafeteria

    Cons

    No work life balance. No proper management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Not the same Genentech

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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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Large pipeline
    Employee convenience services
    Employee athletic clubs

    Cons

    Leaders work from an ivory tower
    Money comes first, patients are further down the list
    Employees are encouraged to speak their mind but they either don't or won't for fear of retribution
    Too many inexperienced leaders
    Too many inexperienced workers w little/no training
    Glass ceilings
    Non- competitive pay- lower than most other companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire true leaders
    Retain experienced employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Manufacturing Technician

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

    I worked at Genentech

    Pros

    -Some of the people I worked with were professional and treated me well
    -Pay was decent
    -You get to come into contact with multiple
    -Lots of days off, but the trade off is long shifts

    Cons

    -The training received prior to going on the floor did not prepare for the work required on the floor
    -Coworkers were unsupportive of learning new tasks or asking questions
    -Job is very dangerous-- a lot of hidden hazards
    -Too many disgruntled employees--> negative work environment
    -Experienced hazing and unprofessional behavior while on the floor; when escalated to supervisor the complaint was ignored and environment stayed the same

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Listen to your employee's complaints about supervisors
    -Start hiring people with degrees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Project specialist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    flexible work environment, contractors are well compensated, and in some departments work from home is an option.

    Cons

    inequalities between employees and contractors, in some instances contractors do the work and employees get rewarded....it's a great scenario if you get in and become an employee, it's not if your a contractor. Contractors rarely get converted regardless of what the recruiter tells you. Typically the contract is renewed until the max and then you're released.

  7. Great place to work if you are in the right department.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genentech (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and company culture are fantastic.

    Cons

    After the acquisition by Roche, my department doubled in size in one year so people were promoted with little management experience. They were very knowledgeable in their fields of study but had little time to focus on people. This also posed a real problem when they were required to assess an employee's performance for the end of year review. Your career was in the hands of a manager that could not accurately evaluate feedback with an objective point of view that comes with years of experience managing people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find the time to hire managers with people skills not just book smarts. More training with focus in this area should be required before they are promoted.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Overworked

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    Great mission, facilities and people. Science is top-notch and the reputation is fantastic. True commitment to patients.

    Cons

    Unbelievable workload, and expectation that most people will contribute a substantial amount of their personal time to working. Due to the parent company being in Switzerland, many calls happen very early in the morning (6-9 AM).

  9. manufacturing technician

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    good benefits and nice people to work with

    Cons

    underpaid
    management doesn't support advancing your career

    Recommends
  10. Meh

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genentech

    Pros

    Forgiving work culture.
    People are very nice.
    Great place for a new grad to start working.

    Cons

    You start to think twice about a company when their corporate leaders tell all their employees to promote specifically females up the latter. So much for Equal Opportunity.

  11. The Vortex

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    They provide excellent training and professional development opportunities!!

    Cons

    The succession planning are more lateral, than upward mobility. You can get lost in the shuffle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting based upon nepotism, while great talent update their resume and go to competitors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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