Genentech Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Sr. Bioprocess Technician

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Bioprocess Technician in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Bioprocess Technician in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company concert, paid vacation, sick time, authorized leave and sabbatical.

    Cons

    If you are really good at your job don't expect to move up. You'll stay in your current role forever!

    Advice to Management

    Stop providing career development classes if you don't intend to promote your people.


  2. Great culture!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, dedicated team, energetic environment

    Cons

    Can be a little too "meeting" driven; you need to be proactive to avoid spending most of your time in meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  3. QC Senior Analyst II

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior QC Analyst II in Vacaville, CA
    Current Employee - Senior QC Analyst II in Vacaville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good culture, excellent work space

    Cons

    Not very many cons about the company at all


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  5. Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working culture, flexible hours, benefits

    Cons

    Workload can be immense at times

    Advice to Management

    Focus on many little changes but do major changes only once in a while, and follow through to make it meaningful.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Marketing is High Pressure

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Director in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Director in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Genentech full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary. Abundant stock options with the stock price rising considerably. Smart and committed people. Lots of little benefits like on site dentist, car washes and concierge services

    Cons

    Commercial in general and marketing in particular is very high pressure. Management demands a great deal even though the primary barrier to change is the company's own legal department. Legal is probably right to be very conservative but the leadership in commercial still puts lots of pressure on line marketing and other commercial activities to be "cutting edge" and deliver. There is a culture in upper management of throwing lower level people under the bus.

    Advice to Management

    Reconcile the differences at the top of the company rather than forcing the minions to battle over problems and programs


  7. Summer intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Work environment is great. Excellent research facilities. Colleagues are very interactive and helpful.

    Cons

    Not any particular issues that I have observed.


  8. Intern

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work ethics, great culture, friendly open work environment

    Cons

    Nothing in specific, organizational and structural arrangement takes time to understand


  9. Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefits. Strong culture. Highly intelligent peers

    Cons

    Strong culture. Sometimes consensus driven to a fault. Not as agile as before


  10. Helpful (2)

    Great Company, Outside of Hillsboro

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Manager in Hillsboro, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic company! Solid corporate leadership, good parent company, unbelievable pay and benefits! California sites (especially SSF) are great!

    Cons

    Relocated to the Hillsboro, OR site and have regretted it every day. Introverted, toxic leadership; minimal growth opportunity; high turnover; lack of focus on core business.

    Advice to Management

    Consider leadership change at Hillsboro


  11. Helpful (1)

    A word on maternity leave

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Group Product Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Group Product Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    My time at GNE was great for my career and I loved the people I worked with. Overall the benefits package is fantastic and the bells and whistles add up. Back-up care through Bright Horizons was especially nice and I took advantage of it quite a few times over the years.

    Cons

    I agree with another review that the maternity leave is terrible. 6 or 8 weeks fully paid depending on if you have a c-section or not, then another 6 paid as much as required by the state where you live (which in the state where I lived was zero), then another 6 unpaid at your option. So up to 18 weeks off after the birth (20 weeks if a c-section). A generous amount of time, but mostly on your own dime. You can also go out on leave fully paid 4 weeks before your due date, but that time cannot be shifted to after the birth. For senior people not getting paid is manageable, but for more junior people it's hard to take 8 weeks without getting paid.

    Advice to Management

    Reconsider maternity leave and bring it into sync with other top companies, especially those on the Working Mother list.



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