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Great Benefits ... but the pays was so-so low for the San Francisco bay area

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Genentech full-time (More than a year)

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

Pros

One of the best benefit package around, and really good people (staff) to work with. Most of the time the work is fast paced and interesting.

Cons

Lots of politics, favoritism, work comes first - personal life second. Always felt like there was a game being played by upper management, but even as a supervisor, I didn't get a copy of the rules. For being in the bay area, the pay doesn't really compensate for the cost of living, the nature of the work, and the stress one has to endure.

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  1. Never a dull moment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genentech

    Pros

    Exciting mission, smart people, good benefits, work hard play hard environment

    Cons

    After being bought by Roche became just another big pharma company

    Advice to Management

    Revive the values that made Genentech a great company or risk losing your best employees


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    Changes since Roche Takeover

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn international regulatory agency requirements and globalization. Genentech benefits (except for salary and bonus) still intact.

    Cons

    Management (middle and upper) is mired in politics and rhetoric. Workload is exponentially increased, technical infrastructure deteriorated significantly with Roche systems, and people just cannot get anything done without staying up all night to contact international counterparts.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of project managers who focus only on timelines, and neither understand the project nor care about quality. Increase resources to get projects done successfully.


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