Gilead Sciences
2.9 of 5 145 reviews
www.gilead.com Foster City, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Gilead Sciences Reviews

Updated Apr 13, 2014
Gilead Sciences – Edmonton – “Gilead Alberta ULC”

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73% Approve of the CEO

Gilead Sciences Chairman & CEO John C. Martin

John C. Martin

(83 ratings)

43% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "They also have many great benefits though not anything extremely special"
    in 11 reviews
  • "Good benefits, stock performing well so far"
    in 10 reviews
Cons:
  • "No consistent respect for work/ life balance leading to employee "burn-out""
    in 19 reviews
  • "unprofessional upper-management not interested in contributing to a positive or nurturing work environment whatsoever"
    in 11 reviews
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Great company, great job, horrible manager

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time

ProsNo one can argue that the company is strong; stock skyrocketing; benefits really good

ConsManager has no experience in what we do yet tries to tell us how to do it; the threat of job security is always there; very high turnover.

Advice to Senior ManagementWhat is the cost of turnover? the company pays very well, yet people leave continuously; take a look at increasing retention.

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Clinical Operations

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time

ProsGreat learning experience and exposure!

ConsLack work/life balance and low pay

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

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Can you keep up?

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Gilead Sciences for more than 8 years

ProsProducts make a difference every day to people's lives. The San Dimas site is small so you get exposure to everything. Opportunities are there for growth at the lower levels but there is not much room at the top.

ConsThe pace is fast which makes work life balance difficult. Management expects results and is particular on how you achieve those results.

Advice to Senior ManagementHire some good good people and follow through with your commitments.

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

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Very Negative Corp Culture-completely agree

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Foster City, CA

I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time for more than a year

ProsThe stock is performing well and will most likely continue to do so. Convenient access for commuters on the Peninsula.

ConsMiddle management is a joke. Sr. Mgt has no idea what is actually going on below their level. There is a big push in HR to obtain new talent so I find it interesting that the positive posts are all by directors or sr. level positions.

Advice to Senior ManagementFind out what the middle management is actually doing. Are they working or are they socializing? Are they delegating so much that their direct reports are doing all of the work and getting none of the credit for the timely deliverables?? Employees are burned out quickly. If you figure out how to reduce this you might salvage some employees.

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

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Good

Sales (Current Employee)
Lake Saint Louis, MO

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

ProsNice Salary, Commission and Stock Options

ConsSenior management is very anal and self serving

Advice to Senior ManagementGet your head out your a......

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The worst company culture and management

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Gilead Sciences

ProsGood benefits, stock performing well so far

ConsNo work life balance.
Very poor management. Negative corporate culture.

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great company to work for

Senior Clinical Program Manager (Current Employee)
Foster City, CA

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

Prosgreat opportunities for professional growth and development

Consfast growth is not always managed well

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

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Spend a few years here to learn then run away and have a life!!!!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Foster City, CA

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

ProsStock doing well--much money to be made from stock benefits
Great place to be trained--doing job of 3 people at once
Really great scientific colleagues

ConsExhausting--work 24/7
No work-life balance (no life period)
Timelines and lean culture only getting worse
Massive burn-out
Every employee survey shows that an overwhelming number of people say there is an insufficient number of people for all of the work, but senior management has clearly stated that they will not change the culture
Have a spouse and/or kids? Forget them--you'll never see them if you want to be successful at Gilead

Advice to Senior ManagementNo advice--they don't care as long as the investors are satisfied.

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

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Good fit for self-motivated, performance driven, get it done individuals that do not need pats on the back

Director (Current Employee)
Foster City, CA

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

ProsCompensation is respectable; Pay for performance
Very defined culture (it is either for you or not)
Very smart peers/colleagues so you can learn a lot here
Job Security- great pipeline and company is growing faster than infrastructure can accommodate
Company value and therefore total compensation

ConsLow rewards/recognition
Must prepared to work a lot of hours
Everyone is doing the job of 2 people
Lots of turnover

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep making smart decisions for the organization.

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

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stressful environment and no appreciation

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time

ProsSuccessful products and good pipeline. Multi-task culture so always working on some projects. Neat campus and good location.

ConsChanging project frequently w/o clear instruction. Heavy workloads demand overtime. Nobody cares if you work hard in lab and get the work done. People are more interested in generating bunch of schemes and tables to attract sight from managers. No clear channel for communication, seems everybody is in the middle of something. If you want a balance of work and family, it is not the right place.

Advice to Senior ManagementFirst resource of a company is people. This industry is very competitive, giving some free space for people to thrive. Appreciate creativity from experienced person.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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