Genentech Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
777 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance, beautiful campus, co-workers are mostly nice and helpful (in 42 reviews)

  • Employees get great benefits, though Roche prefers to save money by hiring contractors (in 71 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)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Genentech is truly focused on solving patient problems, particularly for those with unmet medical needs.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Smart people, dedicated to a common cause.

    Cons

    Large internal infrastructure has added layers of bureaucracy and politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work/life balance is an issue. For field-based employees, the number of meetings can get in the way of doing the customer-facing work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    One of the best company to work for!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    Great culture, benefits, genenbus, telecommuting and office location.

    Cons

    Health and fitness location.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to work for!

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    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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Too many wonderful things to say:
    -- always maintains focus on the patient
    -- competitive salary
    -- great balance of home and work
    -- numerous possibilities for upward movement and cross-training
    -- encourage training and many no cost opportunities exist
    -- Genenbus takes the stress out of driving in the bay area

    Cons

    -- Concern in SSF that globalization will take away local jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing a great job!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very pleasant place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Similar to many large companies where focus gets real tight as number of employees increases that is typical.
    Bus service for workers is a strong benefit as well as the discounted cafeteria which is pretty good.

    Cons

    Contractors or temps are treated with less benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep doing a good job.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great employer used to be

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genentech

    Pros

    Not so good since it became a big company

    Cons

    Aweful politics and relationships between staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign

  7.  

    Good company but too big to feel like a family

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    Former Employee - Case Manager  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Case Manager in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Genentech as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Worldwide company that does things right. Training, support, compensation, wide range of growth opportunities. My department had good supervisors and managers.

    Cons

    Can easily get stuck doing one thing as your entire job. Big teams with not much team building opportunities. Since I was a contractor, it was very clear that I was not really part of the "team" but it is what it is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give people challenges so you can see what they are really capable of.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Large Pharma

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Still retaining some of the Genentech culture. Lot's of fun activities to show that the employer still cares about about the employees.

    Cons

    Hard to advance in your career. You get bogged down in your position the longer you have been there. Since it's Genentech they have tons of applicants for every position, it is a very competitive environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support jobs shares and rotations. Make that an accepting culture in not just a few department, but across the board.

  9.  

    Great company culture

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    Current Employee - Research Associate  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Company culture and coworkers are great, benefits are very competitive, lots of fun events

    Cons

    Promotion structure doesn't match job function, little room for growth, lower salaries, can sometimes be insanely busy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update job families and promotion structures

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Services Representative II  in  Vacaville, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Services Representative II in Vacaville, CA

    I worked at Genentech full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Approachable management. Ready to help with work/life balance. The company, as a whole, for what they stand for is second to none.

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons to post.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 9 people found this helpful  

    Still have work to do to be "great" place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Company truly does stick to values in terms of following science and doing what is right for the patient. Great benefits and stable organization (excellent pipeline). Work with great people. Great resources to get the job done.

    Cons

    Very difficult to get promoted from within. Can get exceeds expectations multiple years in a row, but still not be perfect enough. There is quite a bit of politics at play in deciding on promotions. If you are not in with the right leaders, criteria changes and you don't get promoted. Easier for people to come in at those higher levels externally. They also come in with higher compensation. People who have been with company for many years tend to fall behind in salaries. Becoming overwhelmed with process. It seems every week, there is a new process or SOP to adhere to that really doesn't affect quality of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Apply historical promotional data in terms of quality of work when making decisions for promotions. Have your employee's back - don't let one person 3 levels up make the decision for your employee. The loyal employees and strong performers will be recruited away if their compensation isn't at market rate. Rate all processes put in place from 1 - 10, and eliminate anything below 6. Is it critical to the success of the job?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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