Genentech Reviews

Updated August 28, 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. Featured Review

    Senior Supervisor, Purification Operations

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Supervisor Purification Operations in Vacaville, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Supervisor Purification Operations in Vacaville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    GREAT PLACE to work. I'm retired military and this is my first, last and only job I will have until I completely retire. Warm environment to work, where the management truly cares about the employee. Bottom up input to with an open door policy. GREAT pay, GREAT benefits, GREAT management, GREAT location! What isn't there to like

    Cons

    Maybe a bit too touchy feely, but then again compared to where I came from everyone is touchy feely. There was a culture change that was a bit weird compared to my last job, but I adjusted and all is good!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great engagement to the employees. Continued empowerment will keep all employees very happy and very engaged. Wouldn't change a thing.


  2. Lots of talent but little motivation to feel moving.

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    Current Employee - Labware Technician in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Labware Technician in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company, great pay. The campus is nice and there is always something cool every day you hear or learn about. The general feeling is one of happy people and making a difference.

    Cons

    The contract workers are a huge part of the company and do most of the important manufacturing work. Unfortunately the company recently has slowed down to almost a halt with hiring contract workers, making it difficult for some areas to maintain the motivation and incentives for good work. Lots of talent is leaving the company doors without ever having the company really take a look at them.

    Advice to Management

    Have supervisors and managers really sit down with contract workers and determine who is the real talent to the company and deserves to have a chance at moving up. Allow for a culture that wants people to succeed in multiple departments rather than having them focused on just one. Many people are promoted based on seniority rather than education level or competency at their job.


  3. SR. QEV ENGINEER

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in Oceanside, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in Oceanside, CA

    Pros

    MANAGEMENT DOES NOT MICRO MANAGE. Company allows you to be creative,

    Cons

    Management slow on making decisions.


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  5. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Significance to develop drugs that cure cancer or other critical diseases

    Cons

    Benefit is getting less attractive


  6. GENE TEAM

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company, helps career advancement, Takes care of all associates, alot of give backs for the workers

    Cons

    even though genentech help with career advancement it is fairly hard to do so as openings come up on a shortage

    Advice to Management

    Give more openings


  7. Drug Substance Technicians

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CHO Cell Culture in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - CHO Cell Culture in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    3/4 Day weekends, paid holidays, separate sick time and authorized leave.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth especially if you are good at being a technician.


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    Brand Trainer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the best technology, methodologies and culture I have ever experienced.

    Cons

    After merger with Roche the culture changed. Unfortunately some things only happen once and cannot be duplicated.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure opportunities are open and fair to all.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Genentech

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bioprocess Technician in Vacaville, CA
    Current Employee - Bioprocess Technician in Vacaville, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    A lot of great people work here, and there are a lot of good connections to make. Everyone here is very helpful and friendly and there is a real communal feel at Genentech. The company really takes care of its employees as long as you are always honest with them. It doesn't really matter when you make a mistake, as long as you own it and admit that you did it management won't fire you.

    Cons

    One the biggest benefits is job security, however this can be a problem as well because you get a lot of people that are complacent and stop working hard. There is no real punishment or anything for being late or constantly being "sick" one day a week. Another big con of this place is that it is difficult to move around because so few jobs open up. Once you get into one of the departments its hard to move to higher positions just based on merit.


  10. Caring Company and a Great Place too Work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Genentech full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most Management truly do mentor their people Empowerment - everyone is empowered so you can really grow your career Work life balance recognized

    Cons

    You must be able to manage your own time and recognize that you are empowered if you want to succeed at Genentech The team environment lets some people hide from accepting accountability for their actions or lack thereof

    Advice to Management

    Encourage innovation and do not always accept the status quo sometimes out of the box thinking/approaches can deliver faster and better


  11. Great Experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Supportive mentors Lots of opportunity for development

    Cons

    Salary is low for Bay Area cost of living



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