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Genentech Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
793 Reviews

3.9
793 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.  

    Co-op Early Stage Purification

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Co-Op  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Co-Op in South San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    The company value its employees and everyone is passionate about their work. It was a very nice opportunity for me to work there as a co-op student.

    Cons

    I can't think of something. I was there only for 6 months.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Nice experience during quick stay

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

    Pros

    Amazing products, teams, staff,compensation, perks, events and incentives

    Cons

    I felt that there were lots of politics involved with promotion or advancing to a full-time employee from contract position

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Equality in the promotion process

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Work Culture

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QC Analyst  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - QC Analyst in South San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Big company with a many perks and ways to move up

    Cons

    If you are a contractor they treat you horribly

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

    People at Genentech Care

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent work ethics and intelligent people.

    Cons

    Long work hours and more difficult to get recognized due to large talent pool.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent on business processes.

  6.  

    Great internship program

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

    Pros

    Genentech has a well established intern program and provides many development events and opportunities for development. Also, the cafeteria food is good.

    Cons

    Large campus so can be difficult to meet people. Interactions seem to be isolated to within your building.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Genentech treats their employees well

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Specialist  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Clinical Specialist in New York, NY

    Pros

    Intelligent People along with Great Perks

    Cons

    Tough to move up within the company

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Cool coworkers, not so cool management

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Service Desk Analyst  in  Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Service Desk Analyst in Redwood City, CA

    Pros

    Free lunches on super busy days
    Fun contests and games on holiday
    Free to roam around and hang with your buddies as long as you answer all your calls

    Cons

    Management sucks
    If you are not a social butterfly then you get canned
    Barely anyone goes perm

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to get to know your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not the old Genentech

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Maintenance Planner  in  Oceanside, CA
    Former Employee - Maintenance Planner in Oceanside, CA

    Pros

    Having worked in operations for eight years in Vacaville, South San Francisco and Oceanside, South San Francisco is by far the best location and still has a strong Genentech culture, Outside of San Francisco the culture is less noticeable, but in general People are nice, benefits are good not great. Ho-Ho's are nice , work can be challenging, co-workers are supportive

    Cons

    Working in Vacaville or Oceanside pay is low, stock options are almost non existent, weak culture, poor management, management shoots from the hip with no clear plan or strategies. Managers are not leaders but "yes" men and women. Nearly impossible to advance to a new position unless you are part of the "in crowd". If you want the five star rating work in South San Francisco, Vacaville and Oceanside are disappointments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make an effort to strengthen the culture at Vacaville and Oceanside, allow internal applicants to advance their careers, improve contractor workers work conditions, fire managers that do not understand metrics and who manage their departments by threatening employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bio-process Technician

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Bio Process Technician  in  Oceanside, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Bio Process Technician in Oceanside, CA

    Pros

    6 week Sabatical after 6 years
    6% 401k match
    Fair insurance
    good vacation time
    Good shifts

    Cons

    Promotion percentage are low and time to take to get promotions are long
    Movement in company is limited
    Very cut throat corparate
    Apply large changes to lifestyles frequently changes shifts

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Positive Experience in Pharma Informatics

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice people, healthy culture, logical & rational work behavior

    Cons

    Availability of colleagues to get work done

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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