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Genentech Reviews in Vacaville, CA

Updated October 7, 2014
Updated October 7, 2014
828 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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. 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
  2.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Services Representative II in Vacaville, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Services Representative II in Vacaville, CA

    I worked at Genentech full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Approachable management. Ready to help with work/life balance. The company, as a whole, for what they stand for is second to none.

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons to post.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Genentech takes care of their employees very well!

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

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

    Pros

    The benefits and family friendly work policies

    Cons

    I started at the Glass Ceiling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage management to give recognition more often than just at review time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Validation Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Validation Engineer in Vacaville, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Validation Engineer in Vacaville, CA

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

    Pros

    Great place to work and the people are wonderful.

    Cons

    Location is in Vacaville ca and the commute can be 45 to 75 minutes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing a great job, keep it up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great learning experience in the biopharmaceutical industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - MSAT Intern in Vacaville, CA
    Former Employee - MSAT Intern in Vacaville, CA

    I worked at Genentech as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, wonderful people to work with. Personal growth and development is emphasized, comfortable work environment

    Cons

    It can be easy to get lost in such a big company, hard to get your voice heard, can feel like a cog in a machine

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QC Associate I in Vacaville, CA
    Current Employee - QC Associate I in Vacaville, CA

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

    Pros

    benefits , vacation and flexible work force & Perks !

    Cons

    promotion is slow in Vacaville

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work

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

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

    Pros

    Smart and professional colleagues, supportive management, great benefits.

    Cons

    A highly regulated industry that needs to satisfy the political whims of 206 sovereign states.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue down the current course. I have observed immense improvements with regards to our business processes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    contractor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    great pay, hoping to get picked to roll over regular full time employee, good communication with staff and workplace safety is given priority

    Cons

    NO benefits, employed at will, excessive use of contractors

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Incredible opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Planner in Vacaville, CA
    Current Employee - Planner in Vacaville, CA

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    Advancement opportunities abound. Supply chain accumen is well appreciated.

    Cons

    Dwindling benefits and loss of original corporate culture folowibg acquisition by Roche.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work harder to preserve small company feel.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    pays well, but not many opportunities to grow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Vacaville, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Vacaville, CA

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    good pay and benefits
    competent people
    good technology to stay connected
    transparent management
    sabbatical program
    cross functional teams and matrix structure

    Cons

    lots of bureaucracy
    slow to push through changes
    pigeon-holed to perform
    not much room to grow
    slow decision making process

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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