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Helpful (3)

Great place to work at, but difficult to get promoted

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Very competitive pay and benefits Innovative culture Good amenities Talented research scientists Balance between work and recreation

Cons

Communication problems with mid- and upper management Employees suggestions often get neglected by upper management Promotion depends more on politics, not professional achievements

Advice to Management

Create more channels for employee feedback to ensure better communication. Promote people with achievements and real talent, not people knowing how to play with politics.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work as Genentech. Unsure once all of Roche's changes take place after 2010

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Appeals Specialist in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Appeals Specialist in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, lots of perks, public transit encouraged, patient-focused, competitive salaries.

    Cons

    No option to work from home, no part-time option, no job-sharing no flexibility with schedule. It seems Genentech is stuck in old-school ways of doing work and is not willing to adopt to new ways in order to keep employees. Managers are many times promoted based on seniority rather than capability or competence. This results in many incompetent managers.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more competent managers based on managerial skills. Get with the times on telecommuting and flexible schedules.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Just getting started.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst II in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst II in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Companies so far is great. Compensation is pretty good, benefits are very good. People seem to enjoy working here. They will get whatever tool you need to do the job (software, hardware, etc)

    Cons

    Roche merger is murky: will benefits change? will culture change? Probably will change at least slightly for the worst, my exposure to the Swiss business culture paints them as a more rigid crew and will probably want to reign in spending and perks and bring more corporate culture to a place that still has a hint of that start-up feel. Information is not shared very well here. I am outside the main IT groups, so as a software engineer, I am constantly digging for information. With that said, people are a little naive on large projects and completely underestimate the development time.

    Advice to Management

    Leave Roche and Genentech separate, there are too many good employers in the Bay area to convert this company into a business casual, bare minimum benefits, stuffy culture environment.


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