Genentech Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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Genentech CEO Ian T. Clark
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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. Great biotech company to work for!!

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    Former Employee - Development/Clinical Operations in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Development/Clinical Operations in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Genentech full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Strong pipeline. Overall, great benefits and salary. Team environment. Awesome colleagues committed to helping patients.

    Cons

    Difficult to get promoted and move up in the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Amazing company to work for!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    Great work-life balance and everyone shares the same passion

    Cons

    hard to move up the ladder in a big company like this one.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. Great company to work for. awesome company gym (club genentech)

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    Current Employee - DP Manufacturing in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - DP Manufacturing in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    has a very talented work force.

    Cons

    work can get very stressful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Commitment to Patients and great colleagues make this job inspiring and rewarding!

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

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

    Pros

    Genentech cares about the things I care about - extending and improving quality of life for patients, making a positive difference for employees and our communities. The work is interesting, challenging and rewarding. My professional development has accelerated - working with hardworking, smart and generous colleagues makes coming to work energizing. I appreciate the freedom to work remotely. Focus on wellbeing is for real here.

    Cons

    Workload is heavy. As an internal consultant the number of clients I serve is high and my capacity is finite. People move positions frequently and positions stay open which effects work/life balance for people in some areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nurture what makes Genentech a truly distinctive organization where bright and motivated people make history and change lives for patients.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Mananger

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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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are plenty of career opportunities including Global opportunities. Career development is supported by Senior Leaders and resources are provided for development.

    Cons

    Work, life balance is supported but balancing multiple initiatives can be overwhelming at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Coolest biotech company to work for!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    Awesome development opportunities. Fun parties and departmental bonding. Great culture.

    Cons

    Small raises and small bonuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs better emphasis on managerial training and leadership behavior.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. scientist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genentech

    Pros

    Career opportunities, location, data driven company

    Cons

    Salary/HR, politics, lack of transparency, didn't get paid the same as male colleague, hierarchical structure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more transparency from the top.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Truly a Great Place to Work: Patient Centered; Science Driven; People Focused

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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 full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Saving and Improving Lives - meaningful work. Outstanding benefits; competitive rewards - bonus and long-term incentives. Smart colleagues. Caring Leaders.

    Cons

    Intensity of work can sometimes be hard to back away from. Parent Company Roche (in Basel) sometimes difficult to influence and challenging to move.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to nurture our unique culture

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Manufacturing Technician

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Oceanside, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Oceanside, CA

    I worked at Genentech

    Pros

    Great company perks, mostly friendly people
    Management is decent
    Pay is good

    Cons

    HR is useless
    Some nepotism, lots of gossiping
    Middle management is a hit or miss

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire employees if they are bad at their jobs (contractors are easily fired all the time but employees are almost never fired)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. Great people, great place.

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    Current Employee - Bioprocess Technician in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Bioprocess Technician in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    Great opportunities for career development. Great benefits if you are a regular employee. Beautiful campus.

    Cons

    Can be difficult to get promoted in some departments either because the criteria for a promotion is too stringent or because people stay at the company forever and don't leave many job openings to advance into.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Contractors don't get benefits, vacation time or sick days and get paid less than regular employees. It seems unfair since contractors are doing the same amount of work as the regular employees. If you must keep people as contractors, they should be paid more than the regular employees to compensate for the lack of benefits and vacation time. Level the playing field.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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