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

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

Senior Director (Current Employee)
South San Francisco, CA

ProsGood 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.

ConsSelf-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 Senior ManagementArt 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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Genentech: in business for Roche.

    Research Associate (Current Employee)
    South San Francisco, CA

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    Pros: Genentech has been a place where people care about their work, and are focused on getting things done. Management is relatively competent and does… Cons: Genentech was just acquired by Roche, and it is unclear how much of the culture and workforce will change. There are definitely negative feelings… Advice to Senior Management: Good luck. You'll need it. Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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    Hoping for the best but bracing for the reality.

    Senior Project Manager (Current Employee)
    South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech


    Pros: The mission of "meeting unmet medical needs" is a great reason to work for Genentech. Doing good for the greater good while working with… Cons: Long hours and the politics. Advice to Senior Management: Be open in your communications and true to yourself in… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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