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although my summer internship was short and did not do too much, it was a great experience with friendly people

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Current Employee - Global Strategic Analytics Intern  in  South San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Global Strategic Analytics Intern in South San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Genentech as an intern for less than a year

Pros

you get paid to ride their free shuttle, lots of benefits, weekly ice cream runs (as an intern), and great celebrations when they launch a new drug

Cons

you'll need at least a master's to get far in the company and ever since Roche acquired Genentech, there have been several major changes

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    Systems in place do not allow employees to accomplish the goals and mission statement of the company

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    Current Employee - Quality Control  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Quality Control in South San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    great science and products, both on the market and in the pipeline. honorable mission statement and focus on patients. great facilities and infrastructure: nice offices, cafeteria, shuttles, etc.

    Cons

    compensation and benefits are reasonable, but not as competitive as they'd let you believe...departmental differences are vast; some departments are paid much better than others, though the job levels/responsibilities are similar...terrible politics and bureaucracy inhibits even the "best" employees in performing their job well; constantly having to jump through hoops to accomplish goals. however, those who play the games well and know how to manipulate management shine and are recognized on a daily basis. people learn to just do "enough" to get by, and become complacent.

    senior management is inefficient and ineffective in policy making and decisions, and often extremely out-of-touch of the group dynamic of their group. publicly, they praise the spirit of collaboration, when in fact, people are incredibly selfish and always trying to hide information to cover their behind. very little developmental opportunities, unless you get lucky with a great manager...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    managers should be required to take training courses on managing people before becoming a manager. individual contributors who performs a job well may not be a good people/project manager. have more candid conversations with those "in the trenches," and not just listen to those closest to you. most of all, listen to feedback, both positive and negative, and take actions accordingly; you are in a position of authority to reward hard work, but to also address issues.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Good people, friendly culture, and work/life balance

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech as a contractor

    Pros

    The people here are really great. It's not often you get to work in an environment where people are by-and-large happy and team-oriented. Friendly feel all around.

    Cons

    Hard to find opportunities for advancement. The process-heavy orientation might not be for everyone. Projects take a long time to complete.

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