Genentech
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www.gene.com South San Francisco, CA 5000+ Employees

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Genentech is a great company but each site is different

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Oceanside, CA

I worked at Genentech

ProsI liked the value Genentech (Corporation) placed on employee satisfaction. I feel that as a corporation Genentech shares information that impacts us at the appropriate time and trust's its employees to be professional about the information. I also liked the stability the company has attained, this affords them the ability to have extra non-routine benefits such as HoHos, Incentives, recognition programs, free drinks etc. Genentech's bonus structure is also very generous given the company has a good year. I also liked the resources available for professional development. I was able to take numerous internal courses that helped develop my skills. The Genentech facilities are also very confortable to work in with wide open spaces.

ConsThe culture at the particular site where I worked at was not very rewarding. The site tends to elicit competition with the other sites. This is a very uncomfortable situation when you are representing the site on a cross site project. Another downside is that although Genentech is flexible with your time, Genentech expects 120% from everyone, on average. However, they encourage that you balance work / life. In addition, at the site I worked at, it feels as if the ones that stretch themselves and take the challenges are not necessarily the ones that are rewarded. It sometime feels as if they prefer a more quiet behavior.

Advice to Senior ManagementSenior management needs to focus on the work being accomplished and embrace individuality. It is individuality and sharing of ideas (be it same or different) that results in positive change.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Corporate IT is a mess but the company is, on the whole, not a bad place to work .

Senior Software Programmer/Analyst (Former Employee)
South San Francisco, CA

I worked at Genentech


Pros: Good benefits, recognized name on resume Cons: bad IT management, bloated staffing levels, lack of leadership on IT team(s), lots of consultants… Advice to Senior Management: Get a technical guy in to head up Corporate IT and start trimming deadwood. IT should be nimble and accountable. Just because the corporation… More

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Great workplace

Business Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at Genentech


Pros: Great benefits. Genentech offers an extensive shuttle service from various BART stations around the Bay Area. Plus, the selection and quality of food… Cons: It's a relatively big company. If you come from a smaller company, be prepared to spend more… Advice to Senior Management: Fight the good fight: hold out for every penny from… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More

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