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Great perks for FTE's

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

I have been working at Genentech as a contractor (less than an year)

Pros

Great perks for Full Time employees !

Cons

They hire very few of the Contractors ! I have seen some very qualified people leaving for Permanent or other Temp work! Also very low pay rate in our group for Silicon Valley.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Losing some very good potential employees with the revolving door policy on Contractors !

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Was doing better after merge but waning again

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company still has potential and perks. They retain some of the original perks that made the pre-merge GNE great even though much of the spirit may not be as genuine.

    Cons

    Roche is reasserting itself and the culture is becoming more in business for business. Used to be "people first" but no longer investing so much in the individual contributors. Senior leaders instructed to message how to do more with less. Lots of nepotism with unfairness in hiring and promotion practices. Recently a job was announced that it would be posted for 5 days, open to internal candidates only, and that "a preferred internal candidate has been identified but you are welcome to apply". Compensation given on a curve so someone is always assessed as underperforming which fosters an environment of backstabbing, cliques and politics. Middle managers with no project work often need to create work for their reports because they don't have enough individual work to do resulting in micromanagement or bullying so they can be seen as high performers to their management. Senior leaders want middle management so they alleviate the number of reports to focus on politics and maneuvering. Organizations are top heavy making rank and file overworked with most of the pay going to the senior leaders who are rewarded with more compensation if they can squeeze more work from fewer people and lower pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove the layers of management that are not doing project work. Those with project work can have direct reports as they can best understand what their employees are going through. Clean up the governance structure so decisions can be made quickly instead of onerous slide preparation, briefings etc that delay overall timelines. Invest in your employees and give them ownership of their work and opportunities for development. Drive decision-making down to the lowest appropriate level. Increase fairness in promotion and hiring practices instead of making decisions based on 'cliques'. Think hard on cost-cutting decisions if the trade off is higher employee dissatisfaction and engagement. Foster integrity by keeping your promises. Senior leaders think they need to make the important decisions but perhaps they need to learn how to delegate better--generate data to see if smarter decisions are made by senior leaders or those that know the project and competitive environment best.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Huge divide for Contractors in the Service Desk Dept.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Service Desk Analyst in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Service Desk Analyst in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    Not many for contractors...I'm sure a lot more pros for regular (blue badge) employees. As a contractor, we were allowed to have the food after the weekly meetings but could not partake in any of the other parties that involved alcohol.

    Given Blackberries to be connected after work hours, but for the majority of the time, we were able to leave work at work.

    Cons

    The Service Desk managers & other regular full-time employees make it a point to go out of their way practically on a daily basis to remind you that you do not have the same benefits/privileges as they do if you are a contractor. Management only cares about your metrics and if there is a warm body sitting in the chair to answer calls...not the quality of how you solve issues and how great your customer service is.

    No movement opportunities to other departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a little bit more equality for the contractors. They are people too...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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