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Great place to Work, Good Personal development

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Engineer II in South San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Engineer II in South San Francisco, CA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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 Management

Keep giving promotions and appreciations to the employees

Other Employee Reviews for Genentech

  1. Helpful (3)

    If you get a good manager it is great. If you get a bad manager, God help you.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are still some good researchers around but there is a slow and steady brain drain going on. Compensation is not the best but OK.

    Cons

    A lot of managers have risen to their current position due to attrition and not because of their qualifications/qualities/abilities. They are understandably afraid of more qualified and able personnel and try to hamper their career growth. Since everything here is manager driven if you get a bad one then, well, too bad. However there are some great people here who actively foster employee development but none of them are in research. People in commercial operations and development seem to be happy but those in research appear to be equally (if not more) unhappy. Benefits are slowly going away, with the bi-monthly Ho Ho-s, then the compensation for riding on the bus; now they have started asking employees to pay for taking the bus on some routes (previously this was only limited to contractors and temps). Health insurance is not as good as before. Some people pretend to do "science" without any understanding of it. Lower level employees cannot give real feedback on their managers. There is a lot of promise of change but everything stays the same.

    Advice to Management

    Please appreciate research and researchers in particular. They are the real backbone of this company.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Good company product-and-business-wise, but it's not treating its people very well

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech as a contractor (More than a 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 Management

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


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