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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
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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 full-time (More than a year)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Pay was good. Benefits are great. Corporate culture can be very positive. Lots of development opportunities and opportunities to develop career wise.

Cons

Management skills sometimes lacking, employees have many competing priorities and seem overworked. My direct experience was with a director level person that was terrible at motivating people.

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Was doing better after merge but waning again

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  2. Innovative, engaging, empowering... Love the company!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to connect with patients and colleagues!

    Cons

    It is hard to manage up!


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