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Genentech Reviews

Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
845 Reviews
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845 Reviews
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Genentech CEO Ian T. Clark
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    Work life balance. Healthy compensation. Great management team.

    Cons

    could be more innovative. some departments are stuck in a rut.

  2.  

    I had a wonderful time working for Genentech, despite not feeling a good fit for the position I was in.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Associate in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Genentech

    Pros

    I was able to grow and learn, be able to go to school on the company, to be able to move to better and greater position. Wonderful team work, also fun to work for Company and Team.

    Cons

    My only con, is there isn't work-life balance, you are most times overwhelmed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen when your employee says they are overwhelmed and try to help them move to better fit for their skills.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Amazing place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Patient-focused from the very start.
    Great work-life balance with on-site daycare, on-site health and mobile dental units, as well as other amenities.
    Immense investments in research and development (R&D)
    Rewarding experience to be able to work with smart and brilliant people.

    Cons

    Very hierarchical in terms of position. Growth ladder is well defined, but hard to achieve. High expectations from coworkers and managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    Great benefits, career growth, good atmosphere

    Cons

    Conflicting characters to deal with

  6.  

    Genentech is dynamic, progressive and innovative. I left prior to the buy out of the parent company Roache.

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    Former Employee - Legal in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Legal in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Genentech full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Dedicated employees and Genentech values them. Opportunity for exploring other professional interests. SABBATICAL every 6 years.

    Cons

    Pace can feel overwhelming at time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up what the Genentech culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Great company, successful, challenging and dynamic

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Director in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - IT Director in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    Great people
    Challenging work
    Good benefits
    Pride of mission

    Cons

    work life balance can be an issue
    Greater bureaucracy since the Roche acquisition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resist becoming too bureaucracy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Place to Work At

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regulatory Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Regulatory Associate in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    Great job, responsibility, diversity, and growth potential

    Cons

    Company is too big

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Genentech

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Great culture, great pay, decent bennies

    Cons

    Can be tough to get promoted, highly competitive, can be clicky

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Loved the job; hated the politics!

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    Former Employee - Reimbursement Case Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Reimbursement Case Manager in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Genentech

    Pros

    Great coworkers and an opportunity to provide services to patients seeking assistance in receiving medications. The pay is generally $30 per hour for reimbursement case managers.

    Cons

    There are a lot of politics. Senior permanent reimbursement case managers are responsible for training you verbally. If you get a poor teacher, expect poor training. There is a lot of favortism towards young female, Asian, contractors. If management doesn't like you personally, they will hound you until you quit or are terminated. Management reports their assessment of you to an organization, Pro-Unlimited, who then reports to your contracting agency. By the time you receive the critique, it is distorted, often irrelevant, and often is a complete prevarication. The high pay is what keeps the contracted workforce in place but there is a high degree of competition among contractors trying to win that elusive permanent position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We know that you are part of Roche and have deep pockets but your legal department needs to get over its fears of Genentech being sued and provide 3 ring binders with training materials that can be routinely updated as seen fit. Stop relying on FTE region owners to train. They don't have degrees in education and often don't have a linear approach to building a beginning to end process in how to complete case work. Pay attention to the contractors who are showing up one to two hours early to start work. They are skewing their work performance numbers upward in comparison to honest contractors who begin and end work when management instructs them to begin and end the work day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Once was a great place to work. Now it is a job.

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    Current Employee - Systems Specialist I in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Specialist I in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Very few truly good managers but the good one's are amazing. Lot's of free food. Well supplied Mother's rooms.

    Cons

    Management turnover high. Management unclear and vague regarding expectations. VERY political and being in the right clique is everything. Next to impossible to move laterally much less up. Women consistently paid less than men for the same job and only a token few in upper management. Decision making slow and methods for decision making a mystery.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce politics. Quit looking at perceptions and start looking at the work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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