Genentech Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance, beautiful campus, co-workers are mostly nice and helpful (in 52 reviews)

  • Great benefits - very typical of extremely large companies (80,000 employees worldwide) (in 80 reviews)

Cons
  • It is hard to keep a good work life balance if the job is burning you out (in 51 reviews)

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

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  1. Senior scientist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech

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

    Pros

    Focus on Science and show respect to scientist in research, relative strong timeline, good benefit such as 401k match, gene bus and on site gym

    Cons

    More politics going on with decision making

  2. Engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great Company to work for us

    Cons

    Nothing to say bad about Genentech

    Advice to Management

    Keep the Genentech culture, it is great

  3. Helpful (4)

    Smart people, great mission

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager 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

    Smart, engaged colleagues who want to do right by patients with significant unmet medical needs. True sense of collaboration, great campus

    Cons

    Company takes great risks on the science, but is risk averse on its people. Very hard to advance either because there are few opportunities, or unconscious bias rules out anyone who doesn't fit certain phenotypes. High intensity - some leaders mistake action for meaningful outcomes

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  5. Post Doctoral Fellow

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    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Fellow
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Fellow

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Work life balance, strong science, great people

    Cons

    Large matrix organization can be cumbersome

  6. postdoctoral research fellow

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in South San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Pros

    A great place with endless resources and expert help to pursue your scientific curiosity

    Cons

    At times co-ordinating things between departments becomes too challenging

  7. Wonderfully Chemistry Focused

    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Genentech as a contractor

    Pros

    I work in a small group that has an efficient work environment, with people who are ready to talk about chemistry with you. Unlike academia, a lot of things you don't need to do - like run columns.

    Cons

    A lot of departmental meetings. There are a bi-weekly meetings where one discusses their chemistry with the other members of the group. However, there is also monthly departmental meetings.

    Advice to Management

    I enjoy working under my boss and his boss, so not really. I work primarily in the lab, and don't have much contact with a lot of managers.

  8. Postdoc

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in South San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    In Genentech, there are ample resources for postdoc to develop their projects. No matter what you want to do, your idea is the limit, not the money. You can always find experts within the company in whatever new experiments you want to do.

    Cons

    we are not allowed to write grants.

  9. Collaborative, science-focused and fast-paced

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great products, strong pipeline. Work-life balance.

    Cons

    Too big organization. Feel disconnected.

  10. Data Management Consultant

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    Former Employee - Director of Data Management in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Data Management in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Genentech (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    As a consultant they treat you like one of the family. The quality standard is high, which I appreciate. You get more from vendors because you work for GENE.

    Cons

    I was treated poorly by the stats people from India. And management did little about it.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Purification Bioprocess Technician

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genentech

    Pros

    There are so many pros to working here. First, it's the people. The coworkers are grounded and well informed. Furthermore, I felt like most of the people had a similar personality, which made it easier to work each other without conflict, or at least less conflict. Second, the environment is so stimulating. One feels like they are in some sci fi movie the moment he/she enters the building. Third, the benefits are amazing! Good luck to anyone interviewing and congratulations to anyone who has received an offer. Do not reject this wonderful place! I only left because I had to relocate more than 300 miles.

    Cons

    I cannot think of anything bad to say about working here. If one is working in the Manufacturing Department, there will be odd work hours (swing shift or grave shift), but this is not a con of Genentech, it is just the format of manufacturing. I did not have any bad experiences working here.

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