Genentech Reviews

Updated July 25, 2015
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Genentech CEO Ian T. Clark
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Pros
  • GEOS Management survey - keeps the managers respectful (before GEOS they would railroad - no work-life balance) (in 52 reviews)

  • It comes with many great benefits as well (in 80 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance can be challenging (in 51 reviews)

  • Lower pay, NO work/life balance (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Technician,

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits, Perks, Great people to work with. Transportation benefits, free bus. Industry Leader. They try very hard t keep employees happy and well informed. Lots of reources and training available for Career Growth.

    Cons

    Slow career growth, reluctant to promote. Has a Union like feel for the working environment. There is a disconnect from upper management, middle management and lower management to the working class.


  2. US Commercial Services MS&S

    Former Employee - Business Analyst in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Genentech (Less than a year)

    Pros

    very clear requirements - took what I said and implemented very fast in all areas of interaction

    Cons

    nothing bad to say, they needed a job done and I did it and then moved on

    Advice to Management

    no advice to give management unless I get paid for it


  3. Market analysis and strategy

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analytics Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Analytics Manager in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Interesting work. Incredibly smart coworkers. Great benefits. Plenty of opportunities to switch roles within departments and across functions. Training activities are available.

    Cons

    There is a lack of transparency regarding promotion expectations and opportunities. The 401K plan does not fully vest for six years


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  5. Good Benefits

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Architect in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Architect in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    - Better then Industry - Good Work Culture

    Cons

    - Company becoming more Global

    Advice to Management

    - Retain Benefits and Perks


  6. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    Really friendly people, flexible work. Company cares about its employees. Seems easy to move between different roles within the company.

    Cons

    Can't really think of any.


  7. Best Place I've Ever Worked

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Utility Plant Operator in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Utility Plant Operator in Hillsboro, OR

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Love the company, Love the people

    Cons

    Mainly West coast locations in Cali and OR


  8. Product Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genentech full-time

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

    Pros

    Great training and infrastructure for growth.

    Cons

    Large company with inter department communication problems.

    Advice to Management

    Great a more standard communication line between departments


  9. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genentech (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I loved the environment - it was called "casual intensity". It was a fun and casual place to work but the people that I worked with were all intelligent and hard working. Great flexibility with the schedule and work/life balance.

    Cons

    Not sure what it is like now that the company has grown a lot and is part of Roche


  10. Corporate Treasurer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corporate Treasurer in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Corporate Treasurer in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Genentech (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    great opportunity smart people growing organization fun place to work

    Cons

    sometimes myopic not enough diversity in senior levels decision making can be slow


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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great culture, benefits, people and talent

    Cons

    There is nothing negative I could say about this company.



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