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Genentech Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
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3.7 735 reviews

80% Approve of the CEO

Genentech CEO Ian T. Clark

Ian T. Clark

(283 ratings)

81% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Potential for work-life balance still exists in some jobs(in 41 reviews)

  • Employees get great benefits, though Roche prefers to save money by hiring contractors(in 70 reviews)


Cons
  • It is hard to keep a good work life balance if the job is burning you out(in 43 reviews)

  • After the merger with Roche there have been many changes that are taking some time to get used to(in 22 reviews)

735 Employee Reviews
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    Project manager

    Senior Project Manager (Former Employee) South San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat environment. Fantastic team. Have to be flexible and establish networking. Nice work life balance. Senior Management is great

    ConsSlow upward movement. Constantly changing managers. Opportunities for career growth is very limited.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGreat Company

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    Contract work

    Research Associate (Current Employee) South San Francisco, CA

    ProsPros of working here is that you get access to top talent and technologies. Everyone here is so incredibly smart that a lot of ideas can be casually developed if you establish good relationships.

    A lot of opportunities to learn and grow as well as get your foot in the door.

    Beautiful campus, a lot of convenient services like dining hall and shuttles

    An abundance of social opportunities hosted by the company.

    ConsSeems like your degree does have some weight in your career development. People with masters develop their careers on one track while scientist do so on another. I think its rare for masters students to jump onto the phd track. Not sure about this thought.

    Expectations are high and if you don't have the personality for it, the pressure could break you like an egg. Or a glass cup. Or a plastic chair for children.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Bio-process Technician

    Senior Bio Process Technician (Current Employee) Oceanside, CA

    Pros6 week Sabatical after 6 years
    6% 401k match
    Fair insurance
    good vacation time
    Good shifts

    ConsPromotion percentage are low and time to take to get promotions are long
    Movement in company is limited
    Very cut throat corparate
    Apply large changes to lifestyles frequently changes shifts

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

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    Not the old Genentech

    Maintenance Planner (Former Employee) Oceanside, CA

    ProsHaving worked in operations for eight years in Vacaville, South San Francisco and Oceanside, South San Francisco is by far the best location and still has a strong Genentech culture, Outside of San Francisco the culture is less noticeable, but in general People are nice, benefits are good not great. Ho-Ho's are nice , work can be challenging, co-workers are supportive

    ConsWorking in Vacaville or Oceanside pay is low, stock options are almost non existent, weak culture, poor management, management shoots from the hip with no clear plan or strategies. Managers are not leaders but "yes" men and women. Nearly impossible to advance to a new position unless you are part of the "in crowd". If you want the five star rating work in South San Francisco, Vacaville and Oceanside are disappointments.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake an effort to strengthen the culture at Vacaville and Oceanside, allow internal applicants to advance their careers, improve contractor workers work conditions, fire managers that do not understand metrics and who manage their departments by threatening employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Cool coworkers, not so cool management

    Service Desk Analyst (Former Employee) Redwood City, CA

    ProsFree lunches on super busy days
    Fun contests and games on holiday
    Free to roam around and hang with your buddies as long as you answer all your calls

    ConsManagement sucks
    If you are not a social butterfly then you get canned
    Barely anyone goes perm

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake the time to get to know your employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nice experience during quick stay

    Manufacturing Technician (Former Employee) South San Francisco, CA

    ProsAmazing products, teams, staff,compensation, perks, events and incentives

    ConsI felt that there were lots of politics involved with promotion or advancing to a full-time employee from contract position

    Advice to Senior ManagementEquality in the promotion process

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Positive Experience in Pharma Informatics

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNice people, healthy culture, logical & rational work behavior

    ConsAvailability of colleagues to get work done

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Co-op Early Stage Purification

    Co-Op (Former Employee) South San Francisco, CA

    ProsThe company value its employees and everyone is passionate about their work. It was a very nice opportunity for me to work there as a co-op student.

    ConsI can't think of something. I was there only for 6 months.

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

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    Great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible working hours, Great products, Benefits

    ConsBig company with many layers

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

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    Work Culture

    QC Analyst (Current Employee) South San Francisco, CA

    ProsBig company with a many perks and ways to move up

    ConsIf you are a contractor they treat you horribly

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

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