Genentech

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Genentech Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
833 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance, beautiful campus, co-workers are mostly nice and helpful (in 52 reviews)

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


Cons
  • It is hard to keep a good work life balance if the job is burning you out (in 51 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Great perks, but difficult career development

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Group Medical Director in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Group Medical Director in South San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great company, great culture, fast pace, innovative, risk-takers, pretty open and direct communication style.
    Mixed PC- & Mac environment, business class travel for intercontinental flights, great support structure

    Cons

    Passive approach to career development (dogma: "everyone is responsible for her own career"). Can be translated as "the company doesn't help you in your career". It's really difficult to move up or even lateral.
    Some of the Stanford- & UCSF scientist are super-arrogant and almost refuse to engage in a debate with Non-Ivy League colleagues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open and flexible to career development.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Place to work

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

    I have been working at Genentech as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I was doing a exchange program internship.
    Great facilities
    Ho-Ho are great.
    A lot of brains in the research department and easy to talk.

    Cons

    The Blue badge/contractor diferenciation
    Climb up the job is hard

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great company, competitive salaries, awesome perks

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

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

    Pros

    Some of the disease areas Genentech researches are completely untouched, which is rare for such a large company. Benefits are great. Perks are notorious- AT&T park concerts! Still a really great place to work even years after the Roche take over

    Cons

    Genentech managers expect a high level of performance. The pace is very fast in nearly all departments. This can lead to some long hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    programmer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genentech full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    generally working with nice and smart people who are happy to be at genentech , interesting and challenging work, with descent salary, nice gym on campus

    Cons

    bay area' s high cost of living(particularly housing)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good job

  6.  

    Great Experiance

    • 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

    Pros

    Professionals that work hard thinking about the end result patients.

    Cons

    Pharm industry has a lot of regulations but not unique to Genentech

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company that's great for career development and has a great culture

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

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

    Pros

    - Culture of teamwork, camaraderie, and innovative thinking
    - Career development support and opportunities are plentiful. The Career Lab at Genentech is almost on par with the career services at top business schools.
    - Flexibility in work hours and allowing employees to work from home. Good work/life balance

    Cons

    - Loss of employee stock purchase plan after acquisition by Roche
    - Genentech's identity seems to be lost and overshadowed by the Roche organization. It's essentially a private company with the brand name being leveraged by Roche. I wish the company had its autonomy and identity again.
    - The SSF campus is a bit far from downtime. This is pretty strategic since it keeps employee on campus and makes them more productive; however, it can get monotonous.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great company overall

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

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

    Pros

    Company that has the right set of values and goals, good aspirational focus: focused on patient and unmet medical needs. Decent career growth if you fit the culture, very good childcare facilities on campus and good overall employee appreciation events.

    Cons

    Not enough racial diversity at the most senior levels (senior director and above) and senior management can be myopic in putting people into a box, they brand you (i.e. what you are known for) based on their direct experience as opposed to what you can bring to the table (developing you and your potential).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider adding more non-Caucasian women to your senior ranks in Commercial and MCCO. Still predominantly a Caucasian-based leadership team in these functions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best place to work... Ever.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QC Scientist in Oceanside, CA
    Current Employee - QC Scientist in Oceanside, CA

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Friendliest staff imaginable, free espresso/coffee, unending opportunities to learn and grow within the company

    Cons

    None, this place is doing it right. Well, I guess the only downside would be that the facility is 24 hours and grave shift is a potential possibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You treat us very well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Absolutely amazing internship

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

    I worked at Genentech full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, challenging work, amazing benifits

    Cons

    I don't have a single complaint

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A great company to work for they really care about the people and helping them to advance

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

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

    Pros

    The people are top-notch and they have great benefits

    Cons

    Sometimes work-life balance can be hectic, but that can be said for most all companies. Contractors are sometimes treated like second class citizens even thought they can contribute just as much as the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to show that you value your employees and striving to provide good work-life balance. Happy employees are usually hard working and loyal employees.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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