Genentech
3.7 of 5 731 reviews
www.gene.com South San Francisco, CA 5000+ Employees

Genentech Reviews

Updated Jul 9, 2014
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3.7 731 reviews

                             

80% Approve of the CEO

Genentech CEO Ian T. Clark

Ian T. Clark

(282 ratings)

81% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
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Cons:
  • "Some departments are overworked while others maintain a good work-life balance"
    in 43 reviews
  • "After the merger with Roche there have been many changes that are taking some time to get used to"
    in 22 reviews
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    Great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSmart people who really care about patients.

    ConsSome bureaucracy in certain areas given that it is such a large company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great environment to work in, great company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWork-life balance, collaboration, efficiency, infrastructure

    ConsBay Area cost of living, commute times

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It is very generous to employees!

    Research Associate (Current Employee)
    South San Francisco, CA

    ProsBest benefit, best service !

    ConsTraffic is a challenge! it is not easy to get here in the morning.

    Advice to Senior ManagementgRide should be provided more frequently.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Senior Validation Engineer (Current Employee)
    Vacaville, CA

    ProsGreat place to work and the people are wonderful.

    ConsLocation is in Vacaville ca and the commute can be 45 to 75 minutes

    Advice to Senior ManagementDoing a great job, keep it up

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Awesome

    Anonymous (Current Employee)

    ProsInnovative, challenging, focus on patients, finding new medicine, improving patients lives, improving how we work

    ConsChange, but it's the way of the world

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue your commitment.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fascinating place to work.

    Lab Manager (Current Employee)
    South San Francisco, CA

    ProsEmployer treats employees as equals and with the utmost respect. Very comfortable place to work, they go out of their way to make sure you have everything you need.

    ConsHard to get regular employee status for many jobs outside of being a scientist. Salary not competitive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure your employees are being challenged at their positions and moving toward permanent positions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Genentech is an incredible Company

    Business Systems Analyst (Current Employee)
    South San Francisco, CA

    ProsExtremely talented and motivated people collaborating in a unique "mission driven" culture.

    ConsCons of working - Not many

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good for entry level IT work.

    Service Desk Analyst (Former Employee)
    Redwood City, CA

    ProsExcellent training program, decent pay for entry level IT work. You will learn a lot of different technologies. Management deals with employees pretty fairly.

    ConsHours are not always ideal, can be stressful dealing with IT issues.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore transparency as far as some decisions are made.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great work, great people, great satisfaction

    Senior Quality Control Associate (Current Employee)
    South San Francisco, CA

    ProsPessimists and cynics be damned! Knowing that your work is contributing to patient's lives gives a great sense of pride and purpose in the work done here.

    There is a great deal of pride in the fact that the company is consistently listed as one of the best places to work in the bay area. This translates in high interest and motivation in maintaining the healthy culture that keeps employees happy.

    With the company's great reputation at many levels, many people want to come work here, and we often end up working with some really great people.

    ConsThe company has a great reputation and attracts great and not so great people (the not so great don't last long - that's a pro).

    Relatively speaking I hear we tend to get paid less than other companies do?

    A lot of work (but also a lot of resources for you to learn to work smarter not harder).

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider adding a metric that helps you keep your finger on the pulse of employee morale. Some organizations are better than others at maintaining and effectively promoting that work/life balance and it's tough to pinpoint those that aren't until it's too late (mass exodus).

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Awesome Company- great place to work!

    Senior Research Associate (Current Employee)
    Miami, FL

    Prosthe company culture, patient first!

    Constoo many changes in recent years

    Advice to Senior Managementfrom just a US company, then going global means lots of change
    changes can be good and bad, but still accompanied by some stress

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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