Genentech Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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Genentech CEO Ian T. Clark
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Pros
  • GEOS Management survey - keeps the managers respectful (before GEOS they would railroad - no work-life balance) (in 52 reviews)

  • It comes with many great benefits as well (in 80 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance can be challenging (in 51 reviews)

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

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  1. US Commercial Services MS&S

    Former Employee - Business Analyst in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Genentech (Less than a year)

    Pros

    very clear requirements - took what I said and implemented very fast in all areas of interaction

    Cons

    nothing bad to say, they needed a job done and I did it and then moved on

    Advice to Management

    no advice to give management unless I get paid for it


  2. Good Benefits

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

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

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

    Pros

    - Better then Industry - Good Work Culture

    Cons

    - Company becoming more Global

    Advice to Management

    - Retain Benefits and Perks


  3. Market analysis and strategy

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

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting work. Incredibly smart coworkers. Great benefits. Plenty of opportunities to switch roles within departments and across functions. Training activities are available.

    Cons

    There is a lack of transparency regarding promotion expectations and opportunities. The 401K plan does not fully vest for six years


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  5. Great Environment

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

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of great things. Fresh espresso/latte maker (free!), buses that run from many parts of the Bay Area (with wifi), Giving Week and other initiatives for volunteering time and donating money, fitness classes onsite, sabbatical program, etc. I really enjoyed many of the people I worked with. I still stay in touch with some even though i wasn't there for very long

    Cons

    Changes come slowly (but that's to be expected for a large company).


  6. Corporate Treasurer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corporate Treasurer in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Corporate Treasurer in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Genentech (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    great opportunity smart people growing organization fun place to work

    Cons

    sometimes myopic not enough diversity in senior levels decision making can be slow


  7. PM

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, benefits, people and talent

    Cons

    There is nothing negative I could say about this company.


  8. Sr. Admin Assistant - contractor for Pro-Unlimited

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Associate, PTDM in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Associate, PTDM in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Nice working environment, friendly and motiated staff. good cafeterias

    Cons

    Contractor Parking could be better.

    Advice to Management

    The contract Companies that provide contractors should be examined more closely for their HR Policies and compliance. Training for Contract staff should be more accessible.


  9. Maintenance Supervisor

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Maintenance Supervisor in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Maintenance Supervisor in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great, challenging and rewarding place to work!

    Cons

    Wide spectrum of effective managers. Lots of turnover at senior management level.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on developing and retaining great people managers.


  10. A wonderful place to work

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

    I have been working at Genentech

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

    Pros

    -Genentech works just as hard for their employees, as their employees work for them. -Inviting and social atmosphere everyday. -Everyone has a positive attitude because they know the work they are doing is helping real people. -Great employee benefits -Collaborative and flexible work environment

    Cons

    -I can not think of a single negative except that it is a little windy on the campus.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work! Continue to work as hard for your employees as they work for you and you will continue to be a top company to work for.


  11. Vice President

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

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

    Pros

    True to mission; Patient First, Culture and Values, People focus

    Cons

    Large corporation, cumbersome and slow processes

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on mission, con't to focus on leadership in science and people



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