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Genentech Reviews

Updated March 2, 2015
Updated March 2, 2015
884 Reviews
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884 Reviews
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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.  

    A great start to a career as a recent graduate of college

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Genentech as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good work perks, great mission and values

    Cons

    Large company makes efficiency hard at times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    It's a great place to work

    Cons

    Occasionally bureaucratic culture can lead to lack of career development.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    GREAT company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    Benefits are extensive and amazing. Continuing education is the norm. Opportunities for advancement are the norm of this company. Great salary. This is one company that works on improving itself and the people who work there.

    Cons

    Genentech is an overall good company who work on their improvement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    Good working environment
    Great benefits
    Good time off policy

    Cons

    Difficult work life balance
    Difficult promotional track

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great learning experience!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant

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

    Pros

    Genentech cares about their employees' career development & encourages feedback on the workings of the company.

    Cons

    The culture that exists in SSF (awesome!) does not exist at other sites. Other sites can make their own rules and SSF corporate could care less if sites are run the same.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company core values should apply to all Genentech sites.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Top Notch Employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technical Specialist III in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technical Specialist III in South San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Genentech is a great place to work based on its dedication to patients, top notch science and engineering, work/life balance, great benefits, and career opportunities.

    Cons

    No cons to report at this time!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Still a Great Place To Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Supervisor Quality in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Supervisor Quality in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Genentech

    Pros

    Structured compensation, Great - I mean great leadership. Culture of compassion - People here really do care about each other and patients. Really good perks compared to other companies.
    Personal growth opportunities - if you choose to take advantage and especially if you exceed expectations - otherwise, many people are happy just meeting expectations.

    Most people are happy to be at Genentech.

    Cons

    Work-Life balance is a challenge. I've had really good managers who are aware of this issue and we manage it.

    Less opportunities to learn outside of your direct functional group.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I kind of like how things are going, but I liked it more when we had an ESP.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    -Great benefits
    -Getting to work with some of the best people in the industry

    Cons

    -No work life balance
    -very busy schedule

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company doing great things

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Genentech full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    People are tremendously dedicated. Good work atmosphere. Great Benefits. Smart people.

    Cons

    Some people form opinions quickly, so you always want to make a good first impression.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember to always frame things from the point of view of how it helps the patients

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company with amazing opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Life changing products, endless opportunities

    Cons

    HQ in SSF, difficult to travel to from east coast

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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