Genentech Reviews

Updated June 25, 2015
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Genentech CEO Ian T. Clark
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Pros
  • GEOS Management survey - keeps the managers respectful (before GEOS they would railroad - no work-life balance) (in 52 reviews)

  • It comes with many great benefits as well (in 80 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance can be challenging (in 51 reviews)

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

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  1. Engineering Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genentech

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very intelligent and fun people, great company culture, everyone is very passionate about what they do.

    Cons

    Things can be a little crazy and seemingly unorganized at times.


  2. Contractor Scientist

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Genentech as a contractor

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Genentech is a great place to work

    Cons

    I have no negative experiences

    Advice to Management

    none


  3. Bright and motivated co-workers

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genentech

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a great place to work if you want to work with some of the very-best and very-brightest in their fields.

    Cons

    There's a balance between the corporate parent and this (admittedly large) subsidiary. But that's to be expected.


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  5. Working as a Contractor

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Opportunities to become permanent, wonderful, kind people, training classes, assistance with continued education, and much more

    Cons

    Contractors don't receive the same benefits or privileges as permanent employees


  6. Excellent place to do research

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

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    Excellent place to do research

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of


  7. Great place to work!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, development opportunities, rotational opportunities

    Cons

    Pay isn't competitive compared to other biotech and tech companies in the bay area

    Advice to Management

    Support employee development!


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    Energy Engineer

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

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Everything is amazing at Genentech.

    Cons

    Very hard to move up the ladder.


  9. A truly Great Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Caring leaders, smart and thoughtful colleagues - culture of collegiality, real meaning in work given mission of the company. Benefits are top notch all the way around.

    Cons

    Workload and prioritization/focus need attention given processes and systems not streamlined. Continued attention to decision making effectiveness and improved governance is needed.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain focus on nurturing the culture and creating an environment where everyone can contribute


  10. Statistical Programmer Analyst II

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Statistical Programmer Analyst II in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Statistical Programmer Analyst II in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People are extremely nice here

    Cons

    Promotion ladder is not clear

    Advice to Management

    More recognition


  11. Helpful (1)

    Admin at Genentech

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Associate in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    people are nice/smart, benefits, we save lives, environmentally responsible company

    Cons

    I can't think of any except that the career path for my role (admin) is very short.
    Need to hire more diversity



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