Genentech
3.7 of 5 673 reviews
www.gene.com South San Francisco, CA 5000+ Employees

Genentech Reviews

Updated Apr 14, 2014
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3.7 673 reviews

                             

79% Approve of the CEO

Genentech CEO Ian T. Clark

Ian T. Clark

(253 ratings)

81% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Good work-life balance, beautiful campus, co-workers are mostly nice and helpful"
    in 38 reviews
  • "Employees get great benefits, though Roche prefers to save money by hiring contractors"
    in 66 reviews
Cons:
  • "Some departments are overworked while others maintain a good work-life balance"
    in 39 reviews
  • "After the merger with Roche there have been many changes that are taking some time to get used to"
    in 20 reviews
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Great Company to Work for

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
South San Francisco, CA

I worked at Genentech full-time for more than a year

ProsIntelligent/friendly people to work with, good benefits, chance to move around in the company

ConsSome people will backstab to get ahead.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Still one of the Best Places to Work

Sales Representative (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

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

ProsBenefits Benefits benefits benefits benefits

ConsIts closer to big pharma today than it was 5 years ago.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't let our lawyers make all the decisions.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Science, Mission and People

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsScientific and patient values, seamless integration with Roche to make an environment that is both local and global, smart, driven people, no drama between functions. Sufficient resources to get your job down. Excellent management who support and develop employees. Amazing pipeline and family-owned parent company provides unusual stability in a fast changing indistry.

ConsProcesses and execution of clinical trials are not where they should be. Time zone difference of 9 hours to Basel is a reality in your work day. Pressure of competition and increasing unwillingness of countries/payers to pay for medical innovation.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep valuing employees as the #1 asset. Think about how to improve our decision making processes (scientific and portfolio review) so that the process is "lighter" and faster. Time is of the esence for many of our patients.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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The best place I've ever worked

HR Business Partner (Current Employee)
South San Francisco, CA

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

ProsMission driven - focused on patients, science and people. Leaders care. Employees are collegial and passionate about what they do.

ConsSometimes people think the grass is greener on the other side - I wish they would appreciate how good they have it here

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the great work! Nurture the great culture.

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good place to work

Director (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Genentech full-time for more than 8 years

ProsPatient and science focused. Smart people. Fun.

ConsCareer opportunities are good but career paths are long.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Excellent company

Medical Science Liaison (Former Employee)

I worked at Genentech full-time

ProsExcellent company to work for. Had some of the best talent in the industry working together in Medical Affairs. Excellent products,salary,benefits and resources to do the job.

ConsA shift towards micro management after the merger seemed to discourage independent thought and communication but seems to be improving

Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage open exchange of ideas at different levels and across functions

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Assistant Systems Specialist (Current Employee)
Redwood City, CA

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

ProsInnovative and casually intense culture, with a highly research and intellectually focused organization motivated by improving the lives of our patients.

ConsGenentech, now owned by Roche, seems to be becoming more and more of a temporary employer with a strong contractor force. There is a divide, culturally, between the contract workforce and the permanent employees that is more prominent in some sectors than others

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Collaborative and respectful environment

Clinical Trial Manager (Current Employee)
South San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Genentech as a contractor for less than a year

ProsI left a company down the street (starts with an O, ends with an X) due to an overall lack of leadership, collaboration and respectful interactions. Genentech tops those criterium and then some!! The "everyone has a seat at the table" philosophy is strong and the payoff is apparent in every way. This company excels at all levels!!

ConsThe salaries aren't as competitive as I hoped for the Bay Area

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you are doing!!! My interactions with my manager leave me feeling empowered and motivated. Others I speak with also comment on the autonomy and support they also receive from mgmt. Please continue to work on avenues for career growth for strong performers.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Best Place to work...period!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Genentech

ProsI am grateful every day to work for such an innovative company that truly works hard and plays hard.

ConsHighly competitive and challenging to get hired on but if you are one of the fortunate few, you will be so happy here

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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the experience was amazing

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Genentech

Prosbest is the people working there, they were so friendly committed , welcoming, excited about the job and happy to be at work

Consthe location, mmm weather sucks

Advice to Senior Managementmore science side jobs

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