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Getting Better Every Day!

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

I have been working at Genentech full-time

Pros

The Hillsboro site has undergone a huge transformation over the past 2 1/2 years. Teams are hitting major milestones and collaboration has improved greatly. Senior Management is listening and has made noticable efforts to improve the working culture. Nearly all the people who contributed to the problems in 2011 are long gone, replaced with the exceptional talent that one would expect to find at Genentech.

Cons

Business processes are still too complex and decision making is still too slow. There still are a handful of people who are only looking out for themselves, which make it hard for the rest of us. Work/life balance is still a challenge, people in some groups are getting burned-out while others don't seem to pick up the slack. Some middle managers need to put their egos aside and focus on doing the right things for the business over what's best for them.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Continue to show the employees you care. The words and actions are getting though. Empower people to make decisions at lower levels and hold people accountable for results. Don't let promises go undelivered. Provide support and stay engaged with the employees to make them successful. Don't micromanage, but be present and offer advice/support/help only when truly needed. Manage fairly and continue to manage out the truly poor performers.

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    Work hard, play hard

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

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    The patient is #1. Many intelligent people work here. My group is relatively free of egos, but make sure it's a good group fit before signing on the dotted line.

    Cons

    Often people get silo'ed and don't know what others are doing.

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    Best Pharma Company I've Worked For

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    Current Employee - Clinical Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Coordinator in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent culture, really try to make work fun for the employees. Career and personal development are highly emphasized

    Cons

    Extremely competitive, moving up in company is difficult, interview process is beyond rigorous

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on development, but look beyond just how well someone fits the "mold" of how they should interview. There are lots of people who are great at their jobs that might not always say exactly what you are looking for in a 30 minute interview.

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