Genentech

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Genentech Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated November 17, 2014
Updated November 17, 2014
813 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance, beautiful campus, co-workers are mostly nice and helpful (in 50 reviews)

  • Great benefits - very typical of extremely large companies (80,000 employees worldwide) (in 78 reviews)


Cons
  • It is hard to keep a good work life balance if the job is burning you out (in 50 reviews)

  • Lower pay, NO work/life balance (in 11 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company overall

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    Company that has the right set of values and goals, good aspirational focus: focused on patient and unmet medical needs. Decent career growth if you fit the culture, very good childcare facilities on campus and good overall employee appreciation events.

    Cons

    Not enough racial diversity at the most senior levels (senior director and above) and senior management can be myopic in putting people into a box, they brand you (i.e. what you are known for) based on their direct experience as opposed to what you can bring to the table (developing you and your potential).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider adding more non-Caucasian women to your senior ranks in Commercial and MCCO. Still predominantly a Caucasian-based leadership team in these functions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good compensation, great science

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

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Well respected in the industry. Scientists at this company can often get director level positions at other compaies. Employees get good salaries, bonuses and benefits. Good cafes and free gym. GenenBuses reach almost every corner of the bay area.

    Cons

    High stress and heavy work load. Working with its parent company Roche is not always straight forward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much is money is spent on off-sites and traveling, but too little on promotions. Give employees better titles.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Absolutely amazing internship

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

    I worked at Genentech full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, challenging work, amazing benifits

    Cons

    I don't have a single complaint

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A great company to work for they really care about the people and helping them to advance

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

    I worked at Genentech as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people are top-notch and they have great benefits

    Cons

    Sometimes work-life balance can be hectic, but that can be said for most all companies. Contractors are sometimes treated like second class citizens even thought they can contribute just as much as the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to show that you value your employees and striving to provide good work-life balance. Happy employees are usually hard working and loyal employees.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic place to work

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

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    gride to work is a dream come true.

    Cons

    lacking key processes and clarity at times. must have some self drive within to do well here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    perks are great. no complaints.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Genentech/Roche's amazing caste system

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

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Supervisors and upper management are focused on being relate-able and understanding. Employee recognition is highlighted and there are many yearly events and giveaways. The schedule is great and allows for lot of personal time. There are a lot of resources available like company gym, shuttles, concierge, cafeteria.

    Cons

    My department abuses temporary workers, hiring temps for what are long term positions, and they are often handling millions of dollars of equipment and product. They must do very physical work, often opting to take short breaks to show their value and look competitive. Once hired, they then have to work as "term" employees for additional years sacrificing raises, bonuses, and other perks.

    The promotion process is not standard and good people are left to languish as contractors for years while less-qualified sweet-talkers are promoted rapidly. This layered system of contract workers creates a very negative work environment for everyone and encourages backstabbing as we must compete and apply for the same rare job openings again and again.

    The work environment is casual, often bordering on inappropriate. There is no HR training to educate on different forms of inappropriate work behavior.

    The company is constantly trimming perks in order to cut costs. It is rapidly becoming average.

    When doing internal hiring, hiring managers often don't look at previous experience outside of Genentech, invalidating all one's previous work. Many good people are constantly stone-walled as a result.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good Experience

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

    I have been working at Genentech as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, I learned a lot and got good experience.

    Cons

    The department I am in goes through a lot of re-organizations and with that there were some lay-offs. Not great for if you're a contractor- no paid leave incl sick days and no benefits. It is really difficult to get a permanent position- the stars have to align perfectly- does not matter how hard you work, if there's no budget for a permanent position, even if someone leaves, you're out of luck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It should be easier to become a permanent employee especially if a person fits well into the group and has a great work ethic. You're losing a lot of good, quality workers- no one wants to be a temp!

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

    Solid Employer

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

    I have been working at Genentech as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Good pay. Overall good culture.

    Cons

    Cultural segregation between contractors and employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand there are liabilities with contractors but they put as much dedication and passion into their work as regular employees and should share in the many events on/off campus that don't discuss internal company business info. I'm no attorney but they could sign some waivers can't they?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Great place to work!

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

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

    Pros

    Great science!
    Competitive salary, ptf, sabbatical leave every six years. Very good benefits in general.

    Cons

    Very big company. Good and not so good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Its what you make of it

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

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Fleixible Work Schedule, Professional Colleagues that live by Work Hard, Play Hard attitude. Great transportation benefits and onsite reqources

    Cons

    Roche lowering benefits a little every year
    - non-exempt are not allowed to work from home
    - backup care decreased from 20 to 10 days
    - no longer value administrative roles, we now feel expendable whereas before the Roche merger we were valued like everyone else

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    think more about the patients/science and employees that the bottom line
    bring back work from home ability for all to have a better work/life balance
    revert to valuing administrative personnel

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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