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Great Company!

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Genentech full-time

Pros

Many opportunities and great locations. People are great.

Cons

Start-up mentality is difficult to overcome.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Great perks for FTE's

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    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 for less than a 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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    Was doing better after merge but waning again

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech full-time for 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
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