Genentech

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Used to be truly "In Business for Life" company... became "In Business for Roche" - sad, but true

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Former Employee - Scientist in South San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Scientist in South San Francisco, CA

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

Pros

Experience forking at Genentech, Inc (before Roche) is exciting and and intellectually stimulating
Once almighty Genentech used to be the best company in all aspects - culture, people, science, benefits.

Cons

Bad management? What makes people to become "bad managers"? May be it's the corporate culture that does the trick?
Still has smart people, but those who can are leaving...

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Leave the company alone. Let scientists do science. As if they gonna listen

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    It was amazing at first...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Case Manager @ Access Solutions
    Current Employee - Case Manager @ Access Solutions

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

    Pros

    The COMPANY is amazing. Perks, vacation, and people are great! Great benefits!

    Cons

    * it's been extremely difficult to maneuver into new roles or opportunities
    * difficulty getting recognized in such a large group
    * Career growth options are limited at best

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    LISTEN to the people that do the actual work. It seems like supervisors' supervisors are the ones making decisions and that's great and all, but they do not see the impact on the people that work the frontline and actually DO the work.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very evolved processes makes it easy to work here.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Genentech as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Vast majority of employees are completely focused on their work -- you will seldom have to ask someone for something twice. Most people know their subject matter very well, having developed good study habits in college or graduate school.

    Cons

    Many employees are socially immature and unable to communicate comfortably on non-work topics -- this makes it rather dull working here. Most employees have overimbibed the koolaid: attitudes reflect they believe they are better than others because they work for a company that manufactures drugs (!). Read the other reviews to see what I mean.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your company is very top-down hierarchical and operates with military-like precision, but none of the employees feel empowered to make ANY decision without referring it up the chain. Just so you know.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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