Gilead Sciences Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
180 Reviews
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180 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They also have many great benefits though not anything extremely special (in 13 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 28 reviews)

  • No work/life balance whatsoever (in 10 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Demanding, but rewarding.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Foster City, CA

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Constant change and highly successful company.

    Cons

    Hard to achieve work/life balance at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company

    Current Employee - Safety Specialist in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Safety Specialist in Foster City, CA

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Experienced people to work with, a good range of benefits such as stock options and medical/dental, Bagel Day every wednesday and happy hour every friday

    Cons

    There is a lot of work to do and there will always be an influx of work coming so it can be stressful at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep actively supporting the employees!

  3.  

    Good place to learn

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gilead Sciences

    Pros

    Competitive, perks,benefits, compensation, challenging responsibilities

    Cons

    No work life balance, growth due to networking and lots of upper management politics

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    successful business, great benefits, high turn over

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gilead Sciences (more than an year)

    Pros

    great opportunity to learn and develop your career if you are junior/entry level or young;
    great benefits;
    great cafeteria and nice outdoor opportunities: always saw a lot of free food to grab for snack or dinner

    Cons

    incompetent and stressed out middle management
    hiring manager don't expect you to stay with the company for more than 2 years

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast paced, hard-working environment - good for smart people who are career oriented and motivated

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Foster City, CA

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    sharp people, good pay, OK benefits and a nice campus with well-outfitted onsite gym and walking areas around lake

    Cons

    poor work/ life balance - very demanding hours and work load; hard to have a personal life and succeed; strange organizational structure; policies restrict or even punish those who want to advance - no promotions with department transfers, must be performing new level of work for a year or more before recognized!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider hring sufficient personnel to support the huge pipeline

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    very good all around

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good benefit, nice office,

    Cons

    lean- stressful work environment
    campus is expanding and it's hard to go from one building to another

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Associate Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences

    Pros

    1. Excellent product which is good for the society
    2. Interesting and challenging Work
    3. Nice pay

    Cons

    1. Work life balance, busy schedule

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. not only focus on the shareholder, but also employees

  9.  

    Incompetent management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Services Analyst in San Dimas, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Services Analyst in San Dimas, CA

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very busy. You can learn a lot, and contribute a lot, if you are willing to ignore politics.

    Cons

    No long term opportunity for those with innovation. Worst management fathomable.Although profits are high, when you travel they request that you share a hotel room. That says it all! They particiapte in masters program with local state universities -- in order to get free labor. They do not pay their masters interns (in San Dimas site). Unusual now for any company. This is not a people company, and I doubt they will prosper in the long term.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I truly think that having the best employees will help the company ion the long run. Today the company drives them away with low pay and anti-innovation culture. I believe a well treated employee base will pay back in spades over the years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Recommended for a short period. Great experience for your next job.

    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Researcher in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Researcher in Foster City, CA

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It's a lot like school. You work really hard, learn a lot, gain confidence in your field.

    Some people are really nice, but unfortunately they don't stay.

    Cons

    People are generally unhappy. It's hard to work when you hear about people wanting to get out when the stocks hit a certain price. Turnover is about 20%.

    You don't get too much say in what you do. Its a little hurtful. Almost like they don't respect your opinions or concerns. It's like you're disposable labor. In the Bay Area, this is pretty common though, which is really unfortunate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the culture seems to work for the company. It doesn't seem like they are too concerned with losing employees, and they are able to get drugs on the market despite this. It's a lot like graduate school. You're there to fulfill a purpose and then you leave to a company where you can get more respect and where they want to keep you for the long haul. I think management understands this and aren't too worried about changing it. It seems to work for them.

  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Strong Scientific Company with Robust Pipeline. Lacking in Efficiency

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    This a great company to work for if you are passionate about patients with life-threatening illnesses and want to earn a great salary. The company is renowned for doing twice the work with 1/2 the employees and, as a result, has an exploding stock price with a highly anticipated pipeline. The corporate culture is really fun depending on the department you are working in. The newer departments (i.e. Oncology) are young and excited to be working with each other. Other older departments are really good at what they do, but don't really enjoy spending time together. Additionally, the executives take great pride in science and patient care. They are all very keen scientists with solid academic backgrounds, which means that they make smart decisions that, ultimately doesn't compromise patient treatment. The executives also try hard to make sure their employees (who are working very hard) are happy by offering frequent company-wide gifts and events.

    Cons

    The company was founded in the late 80's, which means that a lot of the systems that are in place, are VERY obsolete. A lot of the work could be completed much faster if current technologies (ie filesharing + telecommunication) were implemented. Also, the fact that the company runs "lean" means that employees are very overworked and lack a work-life balance. That being said, there isn't very much room for career growth if you start from the bottom. Many of the employees that have been there for >2 years end up moving to a different organization because they can't get promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Remain focused on cutting edge science that helps patients, you're doing great!
    -Implement newer technology systems by rehiring a new IT department
    -Expand career growth opportunities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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