Genentech
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Genentech Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated Jul 9, 2014
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3.7 444 reviews

                             

80% Approve of the CEO

Genentech CEO Ian T. Clark

Ian T. Clark

(186 ratings)

82% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Co-op Early Stage Purification

    Co-Op (Former Employee)
    South San Francisco, CA

    ProsThe 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nice experience during quick stay

    Manufacturing Technician (Former Employee)
    South San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementEquality in the promotion process

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    QC Analyst (Current Employee)
    South San Francisco, CA

    ProsBig company with a many perks and ways to move up

    ConsIf you are a contractor they treat you horribly

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great internship program

    Intern (Former Employee)
    South San Francisco, CA

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

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

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    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Project Manager (Former Employee)
    South San Francisco, CA

    ProsPay was good. Benefits are great. Corporate culture can be very positive. Lots of development opportunities and opportunities to develop career wise.

    ConsManagement skills sometimes lacking, employees have many competing priorities and seem overworked. My direct experience was with a director level person that was terrible at motivating people.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Cool coworkers, not so cool management

    Service Desk Analyst (Former Employee)
    Redwood City, CA

    ProsFree 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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake the time to get to know your employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Genentech is a great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    South San Francisco, CA

    ProsIf you are a regular full time employee, Genentech has great benenfits, generous time off and sick leave policies and many perks to engage employees ( weekly hoho's, department recognition events, Genentech gives back to the community events). The company is focused on improving the quality of lives of patients with serious diseases. It is very fulfilling work knowing you are positively impacting the lives of others.

    ConsCompensation is competitive and you can make more/money at other biotech/pharmaceutical companies, but the slightly lower salary at Genentech is offset by the benefit package.
    The environment has been trending toward a more corporate feel ever since the Roche take over.

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    Foundation Specialist (Current Employee)
    South San Francisco, CA

    ProsPay is great, hours are great as well. For the most part, management is flexible. Affordable cafeterias, Genenbus.

    Conscontractors usually stay contractors, almost impossible to get a full time position especially in access solutions. Don't count on becoming permanent if you hired as a Reimbursement, FS or case manager position.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop segregating contractors form full time employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Left only for an amazing opportunity

    Associate Director L&D (Former Employee)
    South San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat company with fantastic benefits. Really smart people with a lot of desire to do well. The organization is complex but they do a good job of rallying everyone around a singular goal.

    ConsInternational travel post Roche became too much. Lots of big company politics.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Genentech takes care of their employees very well!

    Senior QC Associate (Current Employee)
    Vacaville, CA

    ProsThe benefits and family friendly work policies

    ConsI started at the Glass Ceiling.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage management to give recognition more often than just at review time

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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