Genentech Reviews in South San Francisco, CA

Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance, beautiful campus, co-workers are mostly nice and helpful (in 47 reviews)

  • Great benefits - very typical of extremely large companies (80,000 employees worldwide) (in 76 reviews)


Cons
  • It is hard to keep a good work life balance if the job is burning you out (in 48 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Great company and have been very supportive.

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in South San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great company and my group really care about their employees. They allow for work-life balance. Work hard, play hard culture.

    Cons

    Huge company now and lost some of its nimbleness to make change happen quickly.

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

    This company has challenged me to grow professionally and personally.

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    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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I have met many different types of people and personalities and there's never a dull moment.
    I believe I am fairly paid across industry standards, I get 12 hours of paid vacation a month, and the company is a huge advocate of making positive changes that enhance our safety, quality and production.

    Cons

    This company is well-known, but like many companies, still very disorganized, possibly due to high turn over rates. I've had over 7 supervisors in the last 5 years and it's hard to create a positive reputation or to demonstrate growth to those in positions to hire or promote due to high turn-over rate for even leadership personnel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep people-oriented. As a leader, you should want to command a group that will out of respect voluntarily choose to follow and aid in your vision that not only benefits the company, but benefits the development and growth of your personnel.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Outstanding place to work

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

    I worked at Genentech full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great corporate culture, best benefits, common goal to cure disease

    Cons

    Very relationship oriented organization, you must live Genentech to succeed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    great people to work with, great benefits and awesome products.

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    Current Employee - Engineer I  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer I in South San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    The people who I work with have great attitudes and sincerely care about delivering quality products to our patients. There is also a focus on employee development, though that is dependent on your direct manager.

    Cons

    The work can get a bit old sometimes. I am lucky that it's not very political in the group that I work in, but it can definitely get political in the research realms of the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Grass is green.

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

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

    Pros

    The people, the work aligned with vision, values, and future possibilities to impact people in need, resources and rewards for employees. The thoughtfulness and engagement of those I work with.

    Cons

    I get very tired by end of day due to the pace and high expectations but that is collectively a good thing for me and the org.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Commercial Operations

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

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

    Pros

    Admire the people I work with and enjoy working with them. Work is challenging yet rewarding. Comp and benefits together are fantastic.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is fine, but don't come here expecting it will be handed to you. Instead, you have to own it and drive it and ensure your manager supports it. That said, it's a competitive place and it's difficult to differentiate your performance and advance by just "doing an OK job."

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great!

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    Current Employee - Salesforce Administrative/Developer  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Salesforce Administrative/Developer in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Very professional!
    Great teams and challenging requirements!

    Cons

    not too many fun activities.Managers need to interact with their sub ordinated more often than not

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Roche/Genentech is still a great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Procurement Manager  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Procurement Manager in South San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Benefits, stock, work-life balance, smart people.

    Cons

    Cultural friction with Swiss headquarters, TRAVEL, constant change in efforts to integrate 2 companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better job of grooming and promoting from within Genentech rather than allowing dysfunctional Roche management to stay in place.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great company to work for!

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

    I have been working at Genentech full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Too many wonderful things to say:
    -- always maintains focus on the patient
    -- competitive salary
    -- great balance of home and work
    -- numerous possibilities for upward movement and cross-training
    -- encourage training and many no cost opportunities exist
    -- Genenbus takes the stress out of driving in the bay area

    Cons

    -- Concern in SSF that globalization will take away local jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing a great job!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Inspite of being careful for 5 years, the Roche culture is slowly seeping in

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Manager  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Manager in South San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    GEOS Management survey - keeps the managers respectful (before GEOS they would railroad - no work-life balance)
    Great benefits - very typical of extremely large companies (80,000 employees worldwide)
    Lots of fun activities at work
    The higher you go the more bonus and stock options - generous bonus and stock options
    Promotions used to be challenging but now there are many layers so it feels like you are moving up (but actually you are not)!
    Stable company

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic
    Lots of layers - middle management is very mediocre - No decisions get made!
    Work in silos
    Jobs are super specialized, can get very boring after a while - so people, who can, move around a lot
    Your experience will be very dependent on the type of manager you get - hopefully GEOS will fix that

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Roche culture is seeping in Genentech - you are very slowly killing the golden goose. There is no sense of urgency in the Roche culture - emails are replied to after days/weeks. Some Roche colleagues feel they are better than the rest - no respect for Genentech colleagues.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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