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Genentech Reviews in South San Francisco, CA

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance, beautiful campus, co-workers are mostly nice and helpful (in 52 reviews)

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


Cons
  • It is hard to keep a good work life balance if the job is burning you out (in 51 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Great company, competitive salaries, awesome perks

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Genentech full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some of the disease areas Genentech researches are completely untouched, which is rare for such a large company. Benefits are great. Perks are notorious- AT&T park concerts! Still a really great place to work even years after the Roche take over

    Cons

    Genentech managers expect a high level of performance. The pace is very fast in nearly all departments. This can lead to some long hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great perks, but difficult career development

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Group Medical Director in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Group Medical Director in South San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great company, great culture, fast pace, innovative, risk-takers, pretty open and direct communication style.
    Mixed PC- & Mac environment, business class travel for intercontinental flights, great support structure

    Cons

    Passive approach to career development (dogma: "everyone is responsible for her own career"). Can be translated as "the company doesn't help you in your career". It's really difficult to move up or even lateral.
    Some of the Stanford- & UCSF scientist are super-arrogant and almost refuse to engage in a debate with Non-Ivy League colleagues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open and flexible to career development.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Place to work

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

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

    Pros

    I was doing a exchange program internship.
    Great facilities
    Ho-Ho are great.
    A lot of brains in the research department and easy to talk.

    Cons

    The Blue badge/contractor diferenciation
    Climb up the job is hard

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Research Associate

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Genentech

    Pros

    There was a good academic research feel as well as freedom to do creative research and innovate. There was also a good work life balance and strong benefits. They also had great parties.

    Cons

    The organization was too big and very complicated. There were too many people not passionate about their jobs. There was little change of career progression.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to enable career progression for more junior employees and simplify the organizational structure.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Technician Contractor for 1 year.

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    Former Employee - Bulk Technician in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Bulk Technician in South San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Starting as a contractor presents a chance at getting a full time position with a good salary and benifets. Well known company, will boost resume. There are a lot of good people around you and bonds are formed quickly.

    Cons

    Politics surrounding of full time entry and promotions are next to unbearable. It works to create disunity among co workers and have them competing for the same positions all the time. Contractors are treated as outsiders and makes for some awkward moments at meetings and social gatherings. Once I attend a year end holiday dinner and I had co workers giving me portions of food from their plate because they had so much and I could afford so little. It was kind of them but it made me feel indignant. Later management banned contractors from attending any company sponsored events with full time employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have too many contractors. You need to hire more full time employees and only keep contractors for short periods of time. A contractor working for Genetech for more than 2 years will have contributed plenty and want and deserve the same treatment and benifets as other full time employees. There is a culture problem with how people go about showing good job performance. Too much competitiveness within teams is counter productive. It seems a lot of people try too hard to show off and there are many mistakes covered up and blamed on the wrong people. Your training systems need to be more sophisticated than having new employees copy what the previous technicians did.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun but sometimes awkward

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    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Associate in South San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    A fun culture, people worked well together and enjoyed each other's company in my department. The informal nature of the working environment allowed it to be less stressful. I felt everything was very well organized and there was a purpose behind everything. A lot of very smart people work here.

    Cons

    I worked as a contractor, almost half of the company are hired as contractors. Some become permanent, most don't. Contractors do not receive the same benefits or treatment as regular employees, for example contractors are not allowed to go to certain events, which is awkward when a large portion of a department are contractors and they aren't allowed to attend something the rest of the department is, which always happens. The other thing is sometimes contractors will suddenly have their contract cancelled early for no seeming reason or explanation, just poof, and they're gone. They are also not always treated as nicely because they are so disposable so common courtesy and respect will sometimes be absent in communication. Not always but it happens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With the number of contractors that work for you, it would be smart to take steps toward making them be more of a part of the company, rather than "just a contractor". You never know if someone working on contract with you could someday be a very important part of the organization.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Torn -- Good Company but Crappy Bosses in Some Areas

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    Former Employee - PTR in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - PTR in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Genentech as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You don't have to do 8-5. You can work whatever hours you want, as long as you put in your 40. Other plus is there is no dress codes. Jeans, sweats, whatever, is cool.

    Cons

    My boss was a complete idiot. She was clueless and no business being a manager. She was in over her head. But she played the Genentech politics game well, so she continued to advance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire managers who have a clue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Just another Sweat shop

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    Former Employee - SQA Engineer in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - SQA Engineer in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Genentech

    Pros

    Easy commute and parking Cafeterias on site

    Cons

    Work weeks are based on 40 hr as well is the Salary. However, employees end up with minimum 60-70 hr work week every week. This was expected year around

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company that's great for career development and has a great culture

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

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

    Pros

    - Culture of teamwork, camaraderie, and innovative thinking
    - Career development support and opportunities are plentiful. The Career Lab at Genentech is almost on par with the career services at top business schools.
    - Flexibility in work hours and allowing employees to work from home. Good work/life balance

    Cons

    - Loss of employee stock purchase plan after acquisition by Roche
    - Genentech's identity seems to be lost and overshadowed by the Roche organization. It's essentially a private company with the brand name being leveraged by Roche. I wish the company had its autonomy and identity again.
    - The SSF campus is a bit far from downtime. This is pretty strategic since it keeps employee on campus and makes them more productive; however, it can get monotonous.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great company overall

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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 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

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