Genentech Reviews

Updated February 24, 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. Helpful (1)

    Best place to work... Ever.

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

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

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

    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 Management

    You treat us very well.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Good Company

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

    I have been working at Genentech

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits, pay, perks are good (the staff ALL around is great)

    Cons

    Work Hard, work hard and work hard


  3. Rich culture. Awesome benefits.

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

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

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

    Pros

    The campus is world class. The company is very supportive of employees and the community. Culture is hard to beat. Benefits are amazing.

    Cons

    Organization is surprisingly immature for such a large, established company. Can be frustrating trying to get something done.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in organizational development. Don't rely so heavily on temps.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Bio-process Technician

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Bio Process Technician in Oceanside, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Bio Process Technician in Oceanside, CA

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

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

    Pros

    6 week Sabatical after 6 years
    6% 401k match
    Fair insurance
    good vacation time
    Good shifts

    Cons

    Promotion percentage are low and time to take to get promotions are long
    Movement in company is limited
    Very cut throat corparate
    Apply large changes to lifestyles frequently changes shifts


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great benefits and culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Material Specialist in Oceanside, CA
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Material Specialist in Oceanside, CA

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and culture
    Worked with some incredible people

    Cons

    Small site means very limited growth potential


  7. Manufacturing Bioprocess Technician

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Bioprocess Technician in Oceanside, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Bioprocess Technician in Oceanside, 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

    Great benefits, pay, 401k, vacation (3 weeks plus 6 week sabbatical every 6 years) sick time. Great overall work force. Positive environment.

    Cons

    Overworked, no time to self develop.

    Advice to Management

    Need to slow down sometimes to allow us to improve on current issues.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Great place to work

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

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits
    High-performance culture
    Company cares about its employees and patients
    Promotes diversity and inclusion more than any employer I have ever worked for

    Cons

    A lot of unneccessary bureaucracy especially when dealing with corporate functions
    Less altruistic since Roche took over
    Difficult to move up from within.

    Advice to Management

    Change HR practices that make it difficult for people to move up as quickly from within. So many people leave and then come back, getting hired at a salary and level they would have had to wait years to achieve from within.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Good, but not for long

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Intern in Oceanside, CA
    Current Employee - Operations Intern in Oceanside, CA

    I have been working at Genentech

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People - They are great to work with. Also, great perks.

    Cons

    Management highly incompetent in identifying and promoting talent. The louder you are the faster you get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Work on identifying true talent, hard work and take efforts to retain them.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Manufacturing in Genentech

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bioprocess Technician in Oceanside, CA
    Current Employee - Bioprocess Technician in Oceanside, CA

    I have been working at Genentech

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits package, bonus and money. Free fountain drinks and a beautiful facility. Monthly celebrations (open bar) a plus.

    Cons

    The job here is a repetitive one that a monkey could do. There is no real opportunity to move on to other departments.

    Advice to Management

    Interact with your employees. Try to at least pretend you're they're friend.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Greatest place to work with some continuous improvement prospects.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Oceanside, CA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Oceanside, CA

    I have been working at Genentech

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Career opportunities, benefits, ability to make a difference

    Cons

    Small company mentality, trying to operate as big company

    Advice to Management

    Hold middle management accountable for results. Leadership competecies can not be taught. You can not teach people to behave. Some managers continue to be managers even though they are not 'people' oriented. This is the proverbial 'worm in the apple'. This continues to be a great company, but the few 'worms' infect our culture daily. They are the blockers, naysers, the ones that can not and will not adapt to change. Performance management should work these people out of the system-or at least in positions that do not toxify the rest of the employees that enjoy the impact they make in the daily work they perform.



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