Genentech

  www.gene.com
Work in HR? Unlock Free Profile

792 Employee Reviews (View Most Recent)

Sort: Rating Date

 

Good perks and work-life balance

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Engineer I  in  South San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Engineer I in South San Francisco, CA

Pros

Great benefits and work hours

Cons

big company, slow decision making

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Other reviews for Genentech

  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    The "old Genentech" was the best company in the world. The "new Genentech" is a shadow of its former self.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Specialist
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Specialist

    Pros

    Great products that helped people with serious diseases
    Great people who cared about their jobs
    Old Genentech management created a culture that encouraged innovation and rewarded its employees

    Cons

    New management has slowly destroyed what made Genentech special
    New management has replaced the biotech model with a big Pharma model and it is not working

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to what made Genentech great.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
There are newer employer reviews for Genentech.

Worked for Genentech? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.