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Proud to work for a company that cares at every level--for internal folks as well as patients/doctors

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Current Employee - Supervisor  in  South San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Supervisor in South San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Genentech

Pros

Development - part of each person's annual plan; lots of training opportunities
Doing worthwhile work - helping patients get access to the medicines Genentech creates

Cons

Leadership roles are stressful, have long hours. Departments are very separate but they are working on improving communication between departments (this will also allow career opportunities)

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Great vision! They really look at the 5 and 10-year plan and how their decisions impact all levels of the company. There are some changes coming that really are clever and took a lot of thought and several years to come to fruition.

Create opportunities for other than the Rockstars to excel. They tend to get picked for special projects while others are overlooked. I too have to look beyond the usual suspects (who you know you can count on and will get the job done).

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Other Reviews for Genentech

  1.  

    A great place for high-intensity high-productivity work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    Genentech boasts an outstanding scientific community with most scientists rivaling assistant professors in their field. Postdocs are given free reign to explore any aspect of biology as they would in an academic lab, but without the funding restraints of limited NIH budgets. The depth of scientific experience among the ranks of scientists is impressive and drives highly efficient research science.

    Cons

    Management expects long hours from research, very little of the warm and fuzzy attitude projected in other departments makes its way into the labs. The rapid expansion of the company also seems to have outstripped some logistic capacity. One alarming trend is the employment of experienced PhDs as "senior research associates", a position with no apparent career path.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Scientists need more training as managers. Some of the new scientists are ill-equipped to run labs without some guidelines.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Best company in the industry and beyond

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    The people at Genentech are bright, friendly and driven, and the company lives by its mission of focusing on science and unmet need. The environment is one of "casual intensity", where dress codes and titles are much less important than work quality and intellectual capabilities.

    Cons

    The company has not managed to completely avoid bureaucracy, particularly in the Commercial organization where many of the people come from large pharma. Even still, I would argue it's the best place to be in the industry!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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