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Helpful (9)

Still have work to do to be "great" place to work.

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  • 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)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Company truly does stick to values in terms of following science and doing what is right for the patient. Great benefits and stable organization (excellent pipeline). Work with great people. Great resources to get the job done.

Cons

Very difficult to get promoted from within. Can get exceeds expectations multiple years in a row, but still not be perfect enough. There is quite a bit of politics at play in deciding on promotions. If you are not in with the right leaders, criteria changes and you don't get promoted. Easier for people to come in at those higher levels externally. They also come in with higher compensation. People who have been with company for many years tend to fall behind in salaries. Becoming overwhelmed with process. It seems every week, there is a new process or SOP to adhere to that really doesn't affect quality of work.

Advice to Management

Apply historical promotional data in terms of quality of work when making decisions for promotions. Have your employee's back - don't let one person 3 levels up make the decision for your employee. The loyal employees and strong performers will be recruited away if their compensation isn't at market rate. Rate all processes put in place from 1 - 10, and eliminate anything below 6. Is it critical to the success of the job?

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  1. Genentech is truly focused on solving patient problems, particularly for those with unmet medical needs.

    • 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)

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

    Pros

    Smart people, dedicated to a common cause.

    Cons

    Large internal infrastructure has added layers of bureaucracy and politics.

    Advice to Management

    Work/life balance is an issue. For field-based employees, the number of meetings can get in the way of doing the customer-facing work.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Contractor paid hourly in Research and Development

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Contractor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - Contractor in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Genentech as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, large labs, layout of all buildings are different from each other, great food in the many cafeterias, game rooms, and a gym. Views of bay.

    Cons

    Long hours, contractors not allowed to go to company sponsored parties (you can get dirty looks), cannot get close parking as you must park in a special lot. Basically treated like scum. Must wear a badge as it's the only way to get into buildings and cafeterias.

    Advice to Management

    Yes, departmental managers are under a lot of pressure to produce results but please realize to do so mistakes can and will be made. Introduce yourself to your minions even if they are a contractor.


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