Genentech Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
798 Reviews

3.9
798 Reviews
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Genentech CEO Ian T. Clark
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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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Working at Genentech

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

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

    Pros

    High growth, lots of opportunities

    Cons

    Soft skills are very important here. Not being well-versed in soft skills can get you into trouble with politics. A lot of managers aren't very well-qualified as people managers. Business processes can be lacking or incomplete.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better job in hiring qualified people managers. Hold managers more accountable for their employee's performance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall good working experience at Genentech

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    Global Company that allows for growth and different opportunities. Benefits are pretty good compared to other companies.

    Cons

    The original culture is often lost in middle management where their primary concerns is cost.

  3.  

    Absolutely amazing place to work.

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

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

    Pros

    Everyone here is very friendly and smart and the benefits are amazing.

    Cons

    The campus is very large and takes a while to get used to the building numbers.

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

    Used to be awesome

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

    I worked at Genentech full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Generous benefits including perks like awesome gym and great cafeterias.

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance. Competitive environment (instead of collaborative). It has become bogged down in the corporate, profit-driven structure that is Roche. It used to be science and patient driven (and wildly profitable to boot).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spin Genentech back off as a stand alone company and attempt to return it to its former glory.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work and watch out of internal politics

    • Comp & Benefits
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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

    Pros

    - Good work environment
    - Good work-life balance
    - Good trainings are available

    Cons

    - Incompetent people are promoted as managers purely based on connections and not merit
    - Incompetent managers indulge in politics to cover up their incompetence

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - More transparency in promotions
    - The company values are great and there should be more checks on managers at the lower level if they are following the company values.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Project Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The people are well educated, well rounded, friendly and upfront and honest. There's no hidden agendas, you know where you stand.

    The location is beautiful, there's hiking trails, the shuttles are convenient and on time.

    Cons

    Inequalities between regular employees and contractors. The differences in treatment is obvious.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Contract work

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 a year

    Pros

    Pros 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.

    Cons

    Seems 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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Mostly good people and good perks, particularly in SF. Now that Genentech is part of the Roche group, there is more opportunities worldwide which is a good thing.

    Cons

    Not necessarily good at getting rid of poor performers. They somehow seem to linger on despite inadequate performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More opportunities to move into leadership based on performance record, not who you know.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Place to Work

    • 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 full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits and nice working environment. There are a lot of learning opportunities as well. The people that you work with are very bright and driven to succeed.

    Cons

    It is a global organization and can be complicated to navigate.

  11.  

    postdoc fellow

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    a lot of opportunities to know about biopharmaceutical industry

    Cons

    no protocol or grants writing training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more training opportunities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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