Genentech Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. Great company that focuses on developing their employees.

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    • 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

    Great benefits and leadership is trying to keep employees the focus.

    Cons

    Since it's a global company, there's always the risk of function consolidation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Satisfied

    • 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

    Health Insurance, Office culture, shuttling to work, lots of room for personal growth.

    Cons

    low market compensation in comparison to the cost of living in San Francisco.

  3. Clinical safety Associate

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good.
    Nice cafeteria

    Cons

    No work life balance. No proper management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. great company to work for

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    • 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

    innovative, diversified, science driven, and collabrative

    Cons

    nothing I can think of right now

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. Fast pace and intense

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Engineer I in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Contractor - Engineer I in Hillsboro, OR

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

    Pros

    Great compensation commensurate with the intensity and responsibility. Money rarely seems to me an issue, patient safety and supply are the drivers.

    Exceptional people work here, which is great to work with.

    Cons

    Project time lines can be escalated which increases the amount of work and stress in a short period of time.

    Not many people can handle the workload and responsibilities. Surrounded by exceptional people, so if you aren't of caliber it will be noticed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Intake Coordinator

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intake Coordinator in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Intake Coordinator in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    training, flexible hours, friendly coworkers

    Cons

    hard to become full time, extremely competitive in department

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Ambitious

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Reimbursement Specialist in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - Reimbursement Specialist in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Genentech as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent transportation options available to get you to and from work.

    Cons

    Highly competitive work environment that focuses on quantity of work not quality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Creating a cut-throat, dog-eat-dog atmosphere only leads to errors, poor performance, and breeds animosity among peers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. A great start to a career as a recent graduate of college

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    • 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Not the same Genentech

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Large pipeline
    Employee convenience services
    Employee athletic clubs

    Cons

    Leaders work from an ivory tower
    Money comes first, patients are further down the list
    Employees are encouraged to speak their mind but they either don't or won't for fear of retribution
    Too many inexperienced leaders
    Too many inexperienced workers w little/no training
    Glass ceilings
    Non- competitive pay- lower than most other companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire true leaders
    Retain experienced employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Great company to work for but there are cons

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer I in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer I in South San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    I was fortunate enough to land a job at Genentech right after college. It is a great place to be as a new grad since you are surrounded by intellectual, motivated people and the benefits are great. This job has shaped me and provided me skills that I still use today and have learned from so many talented, experienced people.

    Cons

    I did not feel that it was easy to advance at Genentech. After a few years, you have to either move to other departments within Genentech or leave since there is a glass ceiling that I found difficult to break unless you have a Ph.D. I also found that their salary is not as competitive as other similar companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide your employees room for growth and the ability to advance. I found that my manager did not provide me that guidance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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