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Great place to Work, Good Personal development

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  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Engineer II in South San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Engineer II in South San Francisco, CA

I worked at Genentech full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Personal Development was the best I had when i was in Genentech.. If you get a good manager, you are real going to stay in Genentech for long.. I stayed there for 7 years with that..

Cons

Promotions - What does that mean ?

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep giving promotions and appreciations to the employees

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Genentech a cushy job to maintain status quo

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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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, meaningful work, smart dedicated people

    Cons

    Risk adverse, limited upside, money flows to sales and marketing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    talent will not stay without the right opportunities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good company product-and-business-wise, but it's not treating its people very well

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, beautiful campus, co-workers are mostly nice and helpful

    Cons

    Generally depressing working environment, at least in the department where I work.

    Most employees are nice but a lot of people are narrow-minded and snobbish, considering themselves superior and acting condescendingly to contractors.

    People are hard-working but generally uptight, non-relaxed and older. People get promoted because of length of stay, instead of capabilities.

    The general atmosphere is the exact opposite of being upbeat, bright or exciting, work is routine, dull and full of bureaucracy, endless meetings which are mostly empty and super inefficient, people have meetings just for the sake of it.

    A lot of trivial politics.

    Something small but very revealing about what I meant: the company decided to become "greener", so they started to promote a program aiming at reducing waste and energy use, which is great. But they only did things that will look good on paper or presentation but does nothing to actually be greener. One example is that the company usually has paper cups next to coffee/water machines. I would think they want to replace the paper cups with glass cups that can be re-used, or simply remove the paper cups so that people will have to bring their own cups. But no, they decided, "after careful examination", to remove the bigger paper cups and only supply small paper cups. I don't think that will do anything to reduce the usage of paler cups, or even do the opposite because now people might end up using more cups per day. Other things include that they installed multiple big screen expensive monitors in the company to track the progress of the "becoming greener" project, which does nothing really except for looking good to inspectors and visitors.

    Generally the company has a "brain-washing" vibe, trying to convince people that it's the best company in the world. According to what I see and experience, I could not disagree more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managing a big company can be hard but treating people right, promoting talent and keeping efficiency is really important.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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