Genentech Reviews

Updated April 26, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great company to work for

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

    I have been working at Genentech

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good work-life balance, very intelligent colleagues, lots of opportunities

    Cons

    It can get a bit political at times - I've seen it with people getting selected or passed up for jobs.

  2. A few strong scientists, and a bunch of other people...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - Manager in South San Francisco, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    very casual, laid back atmosphere. short days and long lunches are not a problem.

    Cons

    lots of interpersonal politics, processes and implemented without proper vetting and then changed six months later

    Advice to Management

    clean house and hire people who know what they are doing rather than people upper management thinks they can control

  3. Helpful (1)

    Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oceanside, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oceanside, CA

    I have been working at Genentech

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits, pay, perks are good (the staff ALL around is great)

    Cons

    Work Hard, work hard and work hard

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Manufacturing Technician

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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

    I worked at Genentech

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Some of the people I worked with were professional and treated me well
    -Pay was decent
    -You get to come into contact with multiple
    -Lots of days off, but the trade off is long shifts

    Cons

    -The training received prior to going on the floor did not prepare for the work required on the floor
    -Coworkers were unsupportive of learning new tasks or asking questions
    -Job is very dangerous-- a lot of hidden hazards
    -Too many disgruntled employees--> negative work environment
    -Experienced hazing and unprofessional behavior while on the floor; when escalated to supervisor the complaint was ignored and environment stayed the same

    Advice to Management

    -Listen to your employee's complaints about supervisors
    -Start hiring people with degrees

  6. Great company to work. High competitive.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genentech

    Pros

    Great company, good workplace environment, in general good supportive management

    Cons

    highly competitive workforce, company focuses mostly on bottomline

    Advice to Management

    some are micro-managers, others are good managers,

  7. 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a great place to work

    Cons

    Occasionally bureaucratic culture can lead to lack of career development.

  8. GREAT company!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are extensive and amazing. Continuing education is the norm. Opportunities for advancement are the norm of this company. Great salary. This is one company that works on improving itself and the people who work there.

    Cons

    Genentech is an overall good company who work on their improvement.

  9. Great!

    • 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good working environment
    Great benefits
    Good time off policy

    Cons

    Difficult work life balance
    Difficult promotional track

  10. Helpful (2)

    You will never be promoted.

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

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great culture, incredibly innovative science, very talented/smart people.

    Cons

    You will be worked super hard (forget work-life balance) and never be promoted - especially in the coveted gRED division.

    Advice to Management

    Promote your people before they leave

  11. Good company but still a lot of room for improvement

    • 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits
    Work-life balance is considered tough by some but in comparison to some other big pharma companies, it's fine
    This site has a growing sense of "team"
    The site is running full speed ahead now, previous management challenges seem to be gone
    The area around the site is a hidden gem, no desire to leave.
    Great culture, definitely a sense of "work hard but play hard"
    Product pipeline is insanely good

    Cons

    There is continuous improvement but it isn't well organized; lacks solid foundation and understanding of "value add"
    Planning, scheduling, and link to marketing is clearly missing. Afraid to say "no" and balance production
    Global procedures are slow to change and seem to be built to justify existence of an overly large global unit. The manufacturing sites need more independence
    Class A falls far short of achieving World Class - lacks assessment of the culture
    Not sure how the company will keep up with the new products being developed

    Advice to Management

    This site is heading in the right direction and simply needs time. Continue to drive improvement to processes and ensure the indicators are showing the right thing.

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