Genentech Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
793 Reviews
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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 49 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Consultants, consultants, consultants

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

    I worked at Genentech

    Pros

    Exposure to industry. Great products. Work-life balance.

    Cons

    Marketing and cross-functional teams rely heavily on consultants, to the point of consultants doing just about everything. Decision making is non-existent. Marketing teams are highly ego-centric.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reform decision making. Create an atmosphere of teams doing more projects without consultant assistance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not the same after Roche bought the rest of Genentech

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    • 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

    Your peers and group colleagues.

    Cons

    Roche introduced redundant layers of Management. Too many senior employees worried about their own survival.
    Directors say a great a game but rarely go to fight for their direct reports.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Inspite of being careful for 5 years, the Roche culture is slowly seeping in

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Manager in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    GEOS Management survey - keeps the managers respectful (before GEOS they would railroad - no work-life balance)
    Great benefits - very typical of extremely large companies (80,000 employees worldwide)
    Lots of fun activities at work
    The higher you go the more bonus and stock options - generous bonus and stock options
    Promotions used to be challenging but now there are many layers so it feels like you are moving up (but actually you are not)!
    Stable company

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic
    Lots of layers - middle management is very mediocre - No decisions get made!
    Work in silos
    Jobs are super specialized, can get very boring after a while - so people, who can, move around a lot
    Your experience will be very dependent on the type of manager you get - hopefully GEOS will fix that

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Roche culture is seeping in Genentech - you are very slowly killing the golden goose. There is no sense of urgency in the Roche culture - emails are replied to after days/weeks. Some Roche colleagues feel they are better than the rest - no respect for Genentech colleagues.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Silo Mentality

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Reimbursement Specialist in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Reimbursement Specialist in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    This company used to be great to work for pre merger. Post merger not so much. The time off, 401K and salaries are competitive. They say they are focused on the patient and the science actually is. Paid sabbatical after 6 years. If you do not work in Access Solutions there are other perks as long as you aren't tied to your desk.

    Cons

    Different departments have different opportunities and depending on which department you work in you may be able to move around more easily. Within the MCCO Access Solutions department there is very little ability to advance or be promoted. There is no dedicated training team for new hires to do a specific job role. Training is the responsibility of the FTE employees who are expected to still fulfill their daily quota or metric. Expectations are much too high with the roll out of newer computerized systems. Customer service being provided post merger is no where near the quality it used to be. Roche is focused on making money vs the customer experience. Annual bonuses have decreased a great deal. Health benefits are very good but have become much more costly and offer less coverage. Poor decision making stemming from the top of the department in Access Solutions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a team of staff dedicated to training for all role specific jobs. Do not display favoritism. Listen to the mantra of the culture you say we have and let work and life both have a balance. Work hard play hard no longer exists for Access Solutions staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Contractor paid hourly in Research and Development

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contractor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Contractor in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Genentech as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, large labs, layout of all buildings are different from each other, great food in the many cafeterias, game rooms, and a gym. Views of bay.

    Cons

    Long hours, contractors not allowed to go to company sponsored parties (you can get dirty looks), cannot get close parking as you must park in a special lot. Basically treated like scum. Must wear a badge as it's the only way to get into buildings and cafeterias.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Yes, departmental managers are under a lot of pressure to produce results but please realize to do so mistakes can and will be made. Introduce yourself to your minions even if they are a contractor.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be awesome

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Automation in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Automation in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Genentech full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Generous benefits including perks like awesome gym and great cafeterias.

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance. Competitive environment (instead of collaborative). It has become bogged down in the corporate, profit-driven structure that is Roche. It used to be science and patient driven (and wildly profitable to boot).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spin Genentech back off as a stand alone company and attempt to return it to its former glory.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work and watch out of internal politics

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 work environment
    - Good work-life balance
    - Good trainings are available

    Cons

    - Incompetent people are promoted as managers purely based on connections and not merit
    - Incompetent managers indulge in politics to cover up their incompetence

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - More transparency in promotions
    - The company values are great and there should be more checks on managers at the lower level if they are following the company values.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Clinical Operations is a nightmare

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Program Leader in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Program Leader in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Genentech full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are some really great people.

    Cons

    Longtime 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 ManagementAdvice

    Roche merger is a good opportunity to get rid of dead wood.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Cool coworkers, not so cool management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Service Desk Analyst in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Service Desk Analyst in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    Free 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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to get to know your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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