Genentech Reviews

Updated July 4, 2015
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  1. Intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and even better senior management personnel.

    Cons

    Compartmentalized research directives for efficiency.


  2. Good company if you are young and gullible

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

    I worked at Genentech full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Parties, good benefits, 401k matching, good teammates, educated workforce

    Cons

    Layoffs, questionable promotions, competitive and not collaborative work environment, supervisors ruled with fear and intimidation

    Advice to Management

    get rid of the rating system, respect individuality, don't age discriminate


  3. Helpful (1)

    good company

    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great young smart people and growth

    Cons

    older people set in their ways and politics


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  5. Excellent place to do research

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

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    Excellent place to do research

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of


  6. Genentech from software developer perspective

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

    I have been working at Genentech (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    For sure this company is great at science, is able to come up with terrific drugs etc. All employees can be proud working there because of that. There is a great work life balance in IT, mainly because of the reason there are not so many interesting projects here and life goes by slowly ...

    Cons

    If you work for IT then there are other companies like Google, Facebook, Linked In etc that are much better, more interesting, better paying. Because of that Genentech IT is experiencing a negative selection of employees, basically the best are leaving elsewhere and no so good are staying.

    Advice to Management

    Keep what you do in drugs development. Do not worry too much about IT, it is just a supporting function :)


  7. Great place to work!

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

    I have been working at Genentech

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, development opportunities, rotational opportunities

    Cons

    Pay isn't competitive compared to other biotech and tech companies in the bay area

    Advice to Management

    Support employee development!


  8. Helpful (1)

    Energy Engineer

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

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Everything is amazing at Genentech.

    Cons

    Very hard to move up the ladder.


  9. Good place to work

    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 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Helpping patient's medical need
    Great science , very high level research seminars
    Good
    on site daycare

    Cons

    Having Growing pain. Decision making Process have room to improving

    Advice to Management

    Decision making Process have room to improving


  10. A truly Great Place to Work

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

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Caring leaders, smart and thoughtful colleagues - culture of collegiality, real meaning in work given mission of the company. Benefits are top notch all the way around.

    Cons

    Workload and prioritization/focus need attention given processes and systems not streamlined. Continued attention to decision making effectiveness and improved governance is needed.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain focus on nurturing the culture and creating an environment where everyone can contribute


  11. Helpful (9)

    A really good place to be

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation, 401K matching, free dress, insurance (medical, dental, vision) are excellent and cannot be compared to any other company. LOTS of free food floating around. Many opportunities to movement around the company (but lots of competition). Concerts, free stuff and giveaways. Promotes healthy living. Free shuttles/buses around different cities. Discounted: pet care, pet insurance, child care onsite, food to close by restaurants. There are many different perks-beds in some offices, pods, sit to stand desks, ergonomic everything, free gym onsite (pay for trainers), free gym classes, lots of different volunteer opportunities. Company donates TONS of money to research and financial institutions to help pay for some of the drugs the company makes. There are just so many pros to this company, it's hard to list. The biggest thing is not to stay in one place in this company, otherwise, you feel stuck and will want to leave. It's fairly difficult coming in as a full time employee.

    Cons

    Access Solutions: overworked, repetitive day to day work, favoritism, politics, no chance in getting hired if you came on as a contractor, false hope from the supervisors and above. Told to speak freely, but get reprimanded when you do.

    Advice to Management

    Actually allow your employees to develop themselves and move away from the department (not just a rotation or project). Listen to what all employees have to say, especially about change and process - not all ideas are bad and they actually make sense. Allow employees to work remotely again.



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