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Great ride while it lasted, now Roche will define the new culture

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Current Employee - Senior Director in South San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Senior Director in South San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Genentech

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

Good products that actually help patients, many very smart people, excellent benefits, a lot of room to take initiative and recommend flexibility, many interesting projects. The sale and marketing arm and sales force is very well treated, rewarded and compensated. They're a bunch of especially happy campers.

Cons

Self-involved, siloed CXO level mgt, really bad IT, poor communication across lines of business. Another strange pattern observed year after year was how each business unit set incredibly detailed hierarchies of yearly goals and objectives from departments,to groups, to teams, to individuals etc., that were not integrated horizontally across the company at all. Dependencies that one department has on another were not managed, rewarded or highlighted. All top down and traditionally siloed. Budgets are allocated the same way, all top down. Therefore incentives are designed to optimize just your local team's results, rather to to maximize cross company initiatives.

Advice to Management

Art is very good, but most of his direct reports appear to follow the rest and vest mgt model - i.e. don't rock the boat. Should deeply rethink why they didn't successfully fend off the Roche takeover

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    Quirky culture, a biotech company with a true silicon valley feel.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Genentech

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Quirky culture, great sense of community and mission, generally fun and intelligent co-workers, lovely ocean views from many of the windows! It is very easy to switch functions within the company, and both research and business personnel are top-notch. People take great pride in their work, and managers understand work-life balance--Genentech is notoriously mom-friendly.

    Cons

    There is some sense of disconnect between the goals of business units and research department--some brand teams have very poor scientific understanding of the products that they are working with, while certain researchers are only vaguely aware of marketing as a function at Genentech. Compensation is not competitive with some of the other biotechs, but this is generally made up for in generous benefits. The company's growth and expansion has led to the erosion of former "small company" and entrepreneurial feel, and the instability of the upcoming Roche takeover makes everyone uneasy. As a new hire, it can be unclear of what the promotion schedule is like, and some departments are very hierarchical.

    Advice to Management

    Work hard to cling onto the Genentech culture in the Roche days ahead.

  2. Genentech is a great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Genentech is a meritocracy. Employees are valued and every employee deserves a good manager.

    Cons

    Large company structure, lack of upward mobility at certain levels.

    Advice to Management

    Great job

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