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The Roche takeover changed the corporate culture 100%.

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Former Employee - Writer/Editor  in  South San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Writer/Editor in South San Francisco, CA

I worked at Genentech as a contractor for less than a year

Pros

Excellent opportunities to learn pharmaceutical world cGMP, SOP processing, Regulatory, NovaManage database.

Cons

Some BUs are badly managed, contractors kept in mushroom mode. In CIT the project managers' rivalry sabotaged many projects, & communication both within the BU & interdepartmental communication could be vastly improved. Projects as well as budgets & people can't be managed efectively via email.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

More permanent employees who become company stakeholders, less reliance on contractors.

Recommends
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Was a dream come true until the merger.

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    Current Employee - Clinical Operations
    Current Employee - Clinical Operations

    I have been working at Genentech full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great pay & benefits. Pipeline seems robust.

    Cons

    Roche merger has changed the culture from efficient, transparent & innovative to bureaucratic, stifling and rich in silo mentality. Company was patient driven and now is company prosperity driven.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You missed your opportunity; the magic of Genentech is lost.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    If you dont fit the clique, you are ousted...no matter how hard you work

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    Former Employee - Materials Operations Specialist  in  Oceanside, CA
    Former Employee - Materials Operations Specialist in Oceanside, CA

    I worked at Genentech full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Big Company with stability and future growth since they became Roche.

    Cons

    Contractors are alienated. Also, be ready to get on the lemmings train...conform....or goodbye
     to you. The funny thing is, they try to push outside the box thinking....but shun you when you speak up.
    And this coming from MULTIPLE people ( more ex employees as well) = Way too much Politics and drama in Oceanside.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't try to manage every aspect of every person. Some people are good at certain things and not so much at others. Don't use tactics like upgrading a system to relieve yourself from people that are less fortunate.
    Also, Introverts are not bad people. Some of the greatest minds ever were that way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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