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  1. Growth opportunities difficult w/o a Berkeley MBA or Harvard M.D.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator, Development in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator, Development in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Their benefits package is great, salary is competitive and work atmosphere is very supportive and full of people who you enjoy working with, for the most part. That being said, if you don't have an Ivy League degree you'll find it hard to move up in the company unless you are extremely networked and have good relations with management. There are managers and directors who are fully supportive and try to promote you when they see you are ambitious, but there are other managers who try and prevent that. Overall, I very much enjoyed working at Genentech. I would return but not until I have been successful elsewhere.

    Cons

    Very windy and cold usually. The company is growing so the culture is starting to change and the growth of the company may be its detriment. Hopefully, with the acquisition by Roche, the culture is not damaged too much.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the culture the same as it was. The majority of the talent in Development left due to the acquisition. You don't want to lose your best people just so that you can make billions in profits in the short term. Don't kill your golden goose.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Beware of Genentech IT!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Delivering medicine to society, casual attire, corporate buses for commuting, onsite gym.

    Cons

    Promotions are very political. The result is poor management, often making decisions individually rather than taking their direct reports' opinions into account. There are middle managers management who are malicious, assigning blame on direct reports rather than taking accountability.

    Advice to Management

    Hire competent managers. You will start losing great employees due to your selfish and incompetent middle managers!


  3. Helpful (8)

    Horrible Place to Work, Horrible Politics

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Case Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Case Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Pay-34 dollars an hour

    Cons

    -Horrible hours for contract workers -Contractors get fired without warning for political reasons -Temporary workers are treated like second class citizens

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent and stop treating contractors so poorly


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  5. Helpful (4)

    A broad landscape of mediocrity in support departments

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Engineer in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - IT Engineer in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Good benefits - Working for a good cause - Reasonable work hours (almost too reasonable--often witnessed management leaving for "offsites" on the golf course or in a bar before 3PM)

    Cons

    In IT, there was often the case of the "blind leading the blind" going all the way to the VP level. More time was spent thinking about which "motivational speaker" (interpret this as you will) to bring in next and re-classify/re-orient the staff instead of improving the accountability (which is SORELY lacking despite what some might have you think), and rewarding the top achievers. Generally, the support departments appeared to suffer from: - Unfair playing fields - Hypocritical management policies - Inflated sense of entitlement by middle and upper management - Lack of respect for people who actually get the work done

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time thinking about who you have to thank for meeting your end of year goals and contributing to your sizeable bonus.


  6. Even through the merger, Genentech is a great place to work for!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People here are very intelligent, motivated and hard working. You might think you are smart, but there is someone smarter in every room all the time here. But everyone is very humble and curious and really enjoys learning and solving problems. It is like a college campus, very warm and friendly.

    Cons

    It has become quite a large company, so feeling like you personally make a difference can be difficult. It is also a place where who you know can be important - networking is a key to your career, so be prepared.

    Advice to Management

    Understand the value of the culture at Genentech and continue to nurture it because it is very unique and a central part of the organizations historical and future success.


  7. Great place to work! Great people, friendly environment.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people are completely friendly and helpful. The employees have a genuine care for their jobs and their impact on customers. Genentech has one of the strongest company cultures I've ever worked at.

    Cons

    The responsibilities I was given were too small. I was not totally challenged as an engineer and not really required to portray much technical knowledge.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees more freedom and responsibility to take their work into their own hands and come up with interesting ideas.


  8. Helpful (7)

    All that Glitters isn't Gold!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Administration in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Administration in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Genentech offers a great transportation system and commuter reimbursement program..that was a huge selling point for me being that I have a long commute to get here. Salary is ok but I made just as much money when I was in Downtown San Francisco. If celebrations with lots of free food, t-shirts and hats motivate you, then this is the place for you.

    Cons

    Middle management leaves a lot to be desired. The entire day here is meetings, meetings, and more meetings but it takes a long time for decisions to be made. And once the decisions are made, it takes even longer for them to be communicated. I think this is a good company if you are a scientist because you are expected to "be all you can be" but if you are not, you are not held in a very high regard. And to be promoted, you have to be willing to hob-nob and go to all of the social functions. In general, I think all of the "perks" here have made people a little high maintenance and spoiled...and that has been really disappointing to me. I have been in the biotech industry for a while and before I came here, getting a job at Genentech was like beeing beamed up to the mother ship...it was held in a VERY high regard. I must confess that I got caught up in the glamour of it all but when it comes down to it, I know that this was not the right career move for me.

    Advice to Management

    Please stop trying to hold on to the "old" Genentech. Genentech is now a part of the Roche group and yes, some things are going to/have changed because of that. Just embrace the changes and figure out how to make them work for you rather than against.


  9. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    rewarding work, personal connection to the company mission to improve the lives of patients fun factor - company parties are great, eg. GIn Blossoms playing at the holiday party; t-shirts for major milestones

    Cons

    Project Managers aren't highly respected by upper management. There's a sense of distrust or incompetence that trickles down from the top; ironically, we can't do our best because our hands are so tied following processes and guidelines that remove any "art" or judgment that would utilize our valuable experience and knowledge. Focus on development is strictly "soft skills"; some of which is great. But for technical folks that have put in many years at one company, it's critical to hone technical skills too. You can't keep up with technology trends when you're working with the same folks and same systems for 5+ years. You must have exposure to new things from external sources. Technical training is NOT readily available.

    Advice to Management

    Be cautious of perceptions of hypocrisy. When you have lavish off-sites, extensive leadership perks, etc., it seems pretty callous to bust a project manager for wanting to give a Genencheck or team gift or wanting another contractor to ease resource constraints. We are pushed to cut corners on project delivery that compromise quality, and yet on the other hand, it's ok to spend thousands on the "it" project of the year for team building, eg a bike competition for Giro where everyone got an ipod shuffle. really?!


  10. Helpful (3)

    Good place to work as an employee, but not as a contract employee

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Consultant in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Consultant in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Purpose-driven business. Strong feeling of employees that they are doing something meaningful - developing and selling drugs that cure cancer. People can be nice, depending on the group. Some areas are very haughty and superior.

    Cons

    Contract employees are treated, for the most part, as second class citizens. The company expects them to behave like employees - e.g., be on site 40+ hours per week, and be a W-2 workers - but the treatment of them is inconsistent with permanent employees. Contractors are frequently referred to simply as "red badges" (employees have blue badges.) "Red Badge" is a term referring to their non-employee status within the organization as contingent workers. When hired, contract employees are often told that they can be converted to permanent employee status after 6 months, but it rarely happens. It does only if you can find an open position - people don't get "converted." Beware of the agencies, too. Some are very good, but many effectively drop you as soon as you are onboarded, and simply collect a check for their percentage of your earnings.

    Advice to Management

    Consider that the contract employees are a critical component of your workforce, and treat them as valued resources, rather than easily replaced, undervalued "red badges."


  11. Helpful (2)

    Will Roche mess up a good thing?

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Focus on patients, great science, and innovation. Lots of talented employees. Unique culture of casual intensity. In terms of drug R&D, probably as good as it's reputation.

    Cons

    Senior management seem unaware of how competitive it is below them. Promotion opportunities are limited. Everyone takes a title cut to work at GNE. Even though there is lip service to pushing decision making down to lowest possible level, sr. management tends to micromanage everything. Very uncertain atmosphere since Roche takeover. Lots of great people have left in the last 8 months, including virtually all major players from the former GNE Exec. Comm.

    Advice to Management

    Rather than focusing on maintaining the GNE of old, management should do more to help people transition to the new reality. Retaining key talent will be a major hurdle in 2010.


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