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Genentech – Why Work For Us?

Changing the Course of Medicine
When you work at Genentech, you'll come to understand that changing the course of medicine requires the kind of inspiration that can only come from a combined commitment to patients, science and people.
Everything we do at Genentech is driven by a desire to make a difference in the lives of patients. Their individual stories inspire our researchers to do groundbreaking science and motivate us all to continue developing new treatment options for people with serious or life-threatening diseases. It's the tireless mother who gives her kids 100 percent while hiding the pain from rheumatoid arthritis. It's a young boy coming to grips with cystic fibrosis. It's a new grandfather who just learned he has stage IV colon cancer. These are the people who remind us of what we do and why — day after day.
The passion that drives Genentech is the belief that the science of life — biology — holds the keys to solving life's toughest health challenges. Innovative science is the basis of our existence and the foundation for our future. To achieve our goals, we approach opportunities and challenges with an open mind, challenge the status quo, champion new ideas and take prudent risks. And, while we recognize that failure is a possible outcome, we focus our attention on long-term success and the difference we can make in the lives of patients.
Succeeding in the work we do requires exceptional people. We bring together the most talented employees we can find, and then we provide them with the opportunity to be themselves. We do this by encouraging diversity in all its forms — thought, skill, experience, culture and style. Each individual strengthens Genentech by offering unique and meaningful perspectives. In fostering this type of environment, we feel our employees are able to deliver their greatest contributions to Genentech and, most importantly, to our patients.
Working here is living a Life Inspired.


One Goal, Many Locations
Following our March 2009 merger with Roche, Genentech's South San Francisco campus became the headquarters for Roche pharmaceutical operations in the United States. All of Genentech's U.S. sites are united by our goal of meeting the needs of patients. Our research facilities, manufacturing plants and distribution centers are located in the following cities within the United States:
South San Francisco, California - This is where it all started. Genentech's main campus located south of San Francisco is the epicenter for the biotechnology industry.
Oceanside, California - On the southern California coast between Los Angeles and San Diego, our 60-acre campus features a multi-product, biotech manufacturing and clinical operations complex.
Vacaville, California - The Vacaville site, in Northern California is home to 274,000 square feet of space housing one of the world's largest specialized biotechnology manufacturing plants.
Hillsboro, Oregon - Just outside of Portland, Hillsboro is the site of our west coast distribution center and a state-of-the-art fill/finish facility.
Louisville, Kentucky - Our 150,000-square-foot distribution center in Louisville, is a crucial element in the distribution and fulfillment of Genentech's breakthrough therapies.


Outstanding Benefits Are Just the Beginning
Genentech is recognized for providing our employees with some of the most competitive and comprehensive benefits in the country. In 2010, we were ranked on FORTUNE Magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" for the 12th consecutive year.
Far more important than public recognition, though, is the motivation behind making Genentech a truly great place to work. We believe that you, as an employee, matter above everything else. We back that statement up continuously with a unique approach to providing you with great benefits and valuable resources. Our benefits packages and resources are designed to support you in creating the life and work style that brings your best to your community, your family and Genentech's mission of addressing significant unmet medical needs.
Most of Genentech's benefits cover employees who work at least 20 hours a week and their eligible dependents. Eligible dependents include:
  • A spouse or domestic partner
  • Children (biological, step, foster, adopted or legal charge) up to age 26
The majority of our benefits become effective immediately on the date of hire without any pre-existing condition exclusion (temporary employees, contractors, interns and co-ops are not eligible for benefits).
In addition to an array of health and  financial benefits and learning opportunities, we offer competitive compensation and bonus programs that reward you for your contributions toward achieving the company's mission and strategic goals. We also provide you with a wide range of services designed to help make life easier while you are at work, so you can spend your free time doing more of the things you enjoy most.

Hiring at Genentech: How We Get to Know You

At Genentech, we seek out passionate people with the drive to help solve the world’s most challenging medical conditions. We know our employees are integral to our success. We have created a hiring process that allows us get to know you and you to know us. We start by clearly defining needs and job criteria. Here’s what you can expect next...


Genentech Reviews

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    Great perks, but difficult career development

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    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)


    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


    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.

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    Be more open and flexible to career development.

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Genentech Interviews

Updated Dec 2, 2014
Updated Dec 2, 2014

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    ORDP Analyst Interview

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    I applied online – interviewed at Genentech.

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    Applied online, then got an email for a recorded video interview. It was very awkward and asked behavior based questions. After that, I was asked to do a skype interview with the program director. I was asked a few more behavior questions, why genentech, etc. I skyped with two more people, and had phone interviews with two others. The phone interviews were mainly informative, and there to answer any questions that I had. I got an offer and then Genentech flew me out to see the site and do an area tour of the South San Francisco.

    Interview Questions
    • Which is better, knowing your strengths or your weaknesses? How does this help? (Verbatim)   Answer Question
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    Salary was too low to live well in SF (in my opinion)

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Genentech Awards & Accolades

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100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2014
Innovation Awards: Corporate Use of Innovation, The Economist, 2013
100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2012
100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2010
Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2010
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Additional Info

Headquarters South San Francisco, CA
Size 5000+ Employees
Operated By Roche
Founded 1976
Type Subsidiary or Business Segment
Industry Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
Revenue $2 to $5 billion (USD) per year

Considered the founder of the industry, Genentech, now a member of the Roche Group, has been delivering on the promise of biotechnology for over 35 years.

At Genentech, we use human genetic information to discover, develop, manufacture and commercialize medicines to treat patients with serious or life-threatening medical conditions. Today, we are among the world's leading biotech companies, with multiple products on the market and a promising development pipeline.

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