Genentech
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www.gene.com South San Francisco, CA 5000+ Employees

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Dissatisfied, political, painful integration still to come

Development (Current Employee)
South San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Genentech

ProsLocation in California in relation to major city, good universities and academic locations, many products in pipeline as well as on the market, Good people still work here for now, Corporate history as the birth of biotechnology

ConsCorporate politics have split company into competing factions with different priorities that increase inefficiencies and drug development timelines/costs, maintain divisions between Roche and GNE, and increase bureaucratic processes instead of focusing on medicine and patients. Too many changes based on cost-cutting leading to 'brain-drain' of excellent people, some of these changes unnecessary such as change in cafeteria vendor so food is now awful. Other necessary changes still have not occurred including one email or calendar client or other software to minimize system errors and inefficiencies. Can't trust management to keep to promises or be transparent on decision-making, increase in management layers have increased the number of people focused on politics rather than science & who create barriers for the people beneath them doing the work to develop medicine. Unfairness in promotions have increased as middle management gather supporters around them in a time of flux. People in the same department still have not integrated titles so Roche employees' may be reporting to GNE people with a lower title or have been mapped to a much lower level than justified. Unfairness in compensation also as bonuses are also scheduled to match Roche's to be much lower for GNE employees but salaries will not be raised to match Roche's so GNE employees will have lower compensation overall than Roche counterparts. Lots more changes still to come make this an awful company to work for in the next few years.

Advice to Senior ManagementStreamline the reporting structure so gRED and pRED are accountable to pMED or at least the same people to stop the infighting and pissing contests. Get rid of the layer of middle management that aren't doing the work and empower the lowest levels to make best decisions for the projects.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A good company, fast paced, goal oriented

Manager (Former Employee)
South San Francisco, CA

I worked at Genentech


Pros: Good, smart, knowledgeable people. Interesting work, improving patient lives. Great salary,… Cons: The company is still integrating work and systems from the Roche merger, creating some… Advice to Senior Management: None. Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More

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Very satisfying and exciting work environment.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
South San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Genentech


Pros: Cutting edge research, great science and great people. Great benefits. Cons: slow growth, competitive, too large an organization. Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More

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