Genentech Reviews

Updated July 6, 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. Incredible intrinsic and very competitive extrinsic, reward.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Clinical Specialist in New York, NY

    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

    Genentech maintains a genuine ovation to its people with a commitment to employee total wellbeing and work-life balance. Leadership is stellar.

    Cons

    You must "own" your development and movement. Promoting to talent alone is rare. Individuals need to actively seek, make known and network for movement. The internal landscape is highly competitive, especially since the Roche acquisition.

    Advice to Management

    The healthcare landscape and delivery of services has undergone a tremendous shift in the last 5-10 years. This requires a tremendous shift in approach to HCP's. Keep your "ears close to the ground" and trust field perspective. Lead first. Manage next.


  2. Vice President

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

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

    Pros

    True to mission; Patient First, Culture and Values, People focus

    Cons

    Large corporation, cumbersome and slow processes

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on mission, con't to focus on leadership in science and people


  3. Great place to work, but could increase advancement opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

    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

    Great benefits and perks, good salary, flexible hours, large company so many opportunities for moving into a different position or career

    Cons

    It can be difficult to advance in your position. Clarity on the requirements has increased, but it can take a long time to reach the next step

    Advice to Management

    Continue working on realistic promotion guidelines and hiring requirements.


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  5. Good Benefits Good People

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits and extras are awesome, people mostly are too. Work has meaning for the patients not just some fancy doodad that is going to be hot for a few years.

    Cons

    Ladder climbing required. Promotions will not find you no matter how well you do your job. Best way to promotion is finding job in another department

    Advice to Management

    find a way to promote people in place. Not every promotion needs to be a job change. Let veteran people stay doing what they excel at while still being allowed to advance in their careers.


  6. Pretty Great Place to Work!

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

    I worked at Genentech

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

    Pros

    - Great benefits
    - Great on-site amenities (several cafeterias; work out facilities; day care; options for haircut, dentist, dry-cleaning pick-up, oil change, and car wash)
    - Innovative company with cutting-edge science (lab folks get one day a week to work on a project of their choosing!)
    - Green-focused company - recycling everywhere, bicycles to ride across campus, corn-based silverware in cafeterias, commuter buses with WiFi on board, etc.
    - Lots of employee morale-building events

    Cons

    - Office politics still exist
    - Roche acquired Genentech, so the culture changed somewhat at that time
    - Over time has become somewhat more "big pharma" instead of "science-focused biotech"


  7. Helpful (3)

    Thankful

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, a large organization with plenty of internal opportunities. Excellent work life balance, if working for the right departments. I have a great manager now.

    Cons

    Flat growth, changing industry due to the coming patent expirations and biosimilars. Established departments after the Roche merger, not much growth within your own department, you'll have to jump around departments to move up or get a raise. A lot of the original Genentech folks have gone to other companies.

    Advice to Management

    Thankful for the summertime concerts. Would like more global rotations. Communication from HQ in Basel has been sparse as of late.


  8. Engineering Intern

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genentech

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

    Pros

    Very intelligent and fun people, great company culture, everyone is very passionate about what they do.

    Cons

    Things can be a little crazy and seemingly unorganized at times.


  9. Bright and motivated co-workers

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genentech

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

    Pros

    This is a great place to work if you want to work with some of the very-best and very-brightest in their fields.

    Cons

    There's a balance between the corporate parent and this (admittedly large) subsidiary. But that's to be expected.


  10. Clinical Pharmacologist - Contract Position

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 people to work with, the team is full of talented people

    Cons

    - The company is leaning heavily towards a contract only model and it is very difficult to find full-time opportunities


  11. Great company with great benefits and smart people, painful to be a part of Roche and Big Pharma now.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director in South San Francisco, CA

    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

    Great benefits, really smart people, great mission at Genentech. People focused and we know how to celebrate. Employee development is a priority and is funded.

    Cons

    Hard to be part of Roche and Big Pharma now. Next quarter's EPS feels more important than doing the logical thing that better prepares us for the future. Basel is the center of our world now, make no mistake. Gender bias is real, and much worse in Basel. Women and minorities slowly suffer from a thousand cuts.

    Advice to Management

    Gender bias is real and pervasive, and much worse in Basel. Admit there's a problem and address it like the issue it is. It's not about making people feel ok about their biases anymore. It's serious and debilitating.



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