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I have been working at Genentech as a contractor (more than a year)RecommendsNeutral OutlookRecommendsNeutral Outlook
Great atmosphere: own parking lot, own cafeteria, colorful building Interiors
Good pay: From working at other biotech companies, this one by far can pay the most, even as a contractor.
Convenient: Have busses that go pretty much anywhere in Bay Area, and stick to their schedule for most part.
Easy place to start out: more money with more referrals you help bring in, good for young people and friends trying to figure out a career.
Speaking strictly as a contractor:
They will let you go if the workload isn't there, doesn't matter if your contract was for a longer period. Normal to any business but still scary when you expect a contract to be longer...
Merit and effort doesn't count for much:
- Metrics are biased, and if you know how to cheat the system and use your free time to brown nose management, people undeservedly progress. What's worse, is management will openly tell you they would rather you steal work from others, than efficiently work to keep current with the workload.
- Watch out who you get paired with: if you get contracted on board with someone in an office with someone who gets into conflict with other employees, bashes the team you're on, and is not compliant to your team duties, and they get fired/re-hired onto a less paid team, simply by room association, prepare to be included in that demotion, regardless of how well you work as an individual...
Advice to Management
Adjust metrics so that tasks are judged more fairly, and productivity is actually being evaluated. There are a lot of unproductive full time workers there, who know how to unfairly work the system, and when those workers' good friends are our supervisors as well, more productive and efficient workers will never be realized...