Genentech Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Sr Manager - genentech

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    Besides getting to work with smart collaborative people, the company's relentless focus on finding cure for cancer and doing what is best for patients makes it gratifying...

    Cons

    Baing a part of a large swiss organization (Roche) with an extreme emphasis on collaboration makes it feel bureaucratic and slow moving at times.


  2. good 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good Benefits, good career opportunties

    Cons

    too much of roche influence now


  3. Great Company

    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Genentech as a contractor

    Pros

    It's a great company to be in, world-class standards and a great culture that sticks with the employees.

    Cons

    If you're a contractor it's very hard to get full-time, no benefits in the meantime, not allowed to take part in company events even though contractors work just as hard, if not more, than full-time's.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to keep up the good work in being transparent on crucial business plans that involve the employees. Find a way to recognize contractors.


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  5. Genentech at OCN

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits, good working hours, well run and organized

    Cons

    Small site, management growth opportunities are limited


  6. postdoctoral research fellow

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    An amazing place with infinite resources

    Cons

    Hard for someone who wants to understands things at the grassroot level


  7. Fast pace

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Scientific Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Scientific Manager in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Genentech

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fast paced environment. Very intelligent people. Better Management now. Nice culture. Science driven.

    Cons

    Very stressful. A lot of competitions. Not much attention do development plans. Goal driven.

    Advice to Management

    see above


  8. Intake Coordinator

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intake Coordinator in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Intake Coordinator in South San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Great company with great culture. Excellent benefits and compensation packages available. It's also great to work for a company that's making a difference in the world.

    Cons

    Not a lot of movement in department. Leaders need to be open to giving others the opportunity to take on projects. Department is micromanaged and does not offer flexibility like the rest of company.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to giving people the opportunity to take on projects. Also, embrace what people are good at...Consider offering more flexibility.


  9. Helpful (9)

    Smart people, great mission

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in South San Francisco, CA

    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

    Smart, engaged colleagues who want to do right by patients with significant unmet medical needs. True sense of collaboration, great campus

    Cons

    Company takes great risks on the science, but is risk averse on its people. Very hard to advance either because there are few opportunities, or unconscious bias rules out anyone who doesn't fit certain phenotypes. High intensity - some leaders mistake action for meaningful outcomes


  10. Helpful (1)

    Access to excellence comes with some sacrifices

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regulatory Program Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Regulatory Program Manager in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellence in science, many learning opportunities, possibilities of moving between functions. Global work is interesting. Career development is encouraged. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Very high pressure, heavy workload. Global working hours can take a toll on your private life. Salaries are generally under market value. Very process oriented, large organization. Decision making is slow.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more attention on retaining talent. Promotions should not be as political as they are. See: companies where employees make the decision to put their name up for a promotion directly (such as Google).


  11. Helpful (1)

    Senior scientist

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Focus on Science and show respect to scientist in research, relative strong timeline, good benefit such as 401k match, gene bus and on site gym

    Cons

    More politics going on with decision making



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