Gilead Sciences Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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Pros
  • They also have many great benefits though not anything extremely special (in 13 reviews)

  • Good benefits, stock performing well so far (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • No consistent respect for work/ life balance leading to employee "burn-out" (in 29 reviews)

  • No work/life balance whatsoever (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Senior Project Manager for validation projects within PDM group.

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    Former Contractor - Senior Project Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Project Manager in Cupertino, CA

    I worked at Gilead Sciences as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company is doing well with new products and appears to have a strong pipeline. People were, for the most part, great to work with. Looked like there was a willingness to provide whatever resources were needed. Treats contractors well, although they are not included in company functions. Cafeteria has great selections.

    Cons

    There was excessive involvement by upper management that resulted in unwarranted micromanagement, effected morale, and added to project delay. General feeling that there was excessive pressure on employees to get things done.

    Advice to Management

    Let your people do their work. Provide a more supportive environment. Don't call meetings so that you complain about issues that have already been resolved.

  2. Helpful (3)

    Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pipeline of products, wealthy company, relocation package

    Cons

    No work-life balance and lower salaries compared to other bio-tech

    Advice to Management

    Offer a higher salary

  3. Helpful (1)

    IT

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Foster City, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Foster City, CA

    I worked at Gilead Sciences as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    some great people to work with and some fun and challenging work to perform. growing company.

    Cons

    management is all about politics and favorites and employees that don't fall into the favorite category don't get much support. change it touted but not embraced. it's small club and if you're not in it, you don't have much success

    Advice to Management

    clean house

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  5. Helpful (1)

    INTERESTING

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences as a contractor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    -Great running trails nearby to wait out traffic on 92
    - if one is ever converted bees not too shabby

    Cons

    Culture is extremely segregated with respect to FTE vs contractors. Not inclusive-very disappointing.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Associate Scientist

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Gilead develops, launches and sells products that help people. Good stock benefits.

    Cons

    Work life balance is bad, culture is bad, mid level to low senior level management treats people poorly

  7. Helpful (4)

    Good company - Growing fast

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences

    Pros

    Good benefits! Gilead works hard to help people with life threatening diseases to have a better quality of life.

    Cons

    The company doesn't want to be big pharma but it is heading there and fast! The IT department is the worst! I can probably do a better job by picking up an IT for Dummies book.

  8. Helpful (3)

    Great place to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gilead Sciences

    Pros

    Great learning opportunity. Some of the Sr. Mgt is good and very supportive (Kitty Yale is one of those rare good leaders and managers)

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy, which some times reminds you that you are just a minion and your efforts and hard work mean nothing to the Sr. Management, most times they go unrecognized which is quite demotivating.

    Advice to Management

    Sr. Management needs to look at the global landscape and provide opportunities to employees that match the industry standard.

  9. PTP Analysit

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gilead Sciences

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefit, excellent employees and flexible hours with Happy Hour ever Friday

    Cons

    finance management sucks! Manager will not schedule 1:1 until it is forced by upper Management

    Advice to Management

    Need to have open door policy with employees and hire Managers that have worked in Accounting not only in Payroll

  10. Helpful (5)

    A lot of work to be done, and no reward for your efforts

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The company is doing well and the stocks are good (for now).

    Cons

    - overall low salaries compared to other biotech companies
    - VERY high turnover rate: company is expanding so fast that people who are not team players, not super competent, and/or are a bad personality fit are being hired solely as a pair of hands; this fosters a competitive and unpleasant work environment
    - people are overworked but under trained
    - upper management gets to decide when you will be promoted and how fast; the process is not transparent and what you have actually accomplished is not considered
    - you have no influence on what you want to work on; company needs trump your own personal career growth
    - feeling under appreciated for your efforts because your salary and bonuses do not reflect how hard you've worked and you are rarely rewarded for your accomplishments
    - INEFFICIENCY due to growing pains
    - many shortcuts are taken to fulfill timelines; this is probably not sustainable
    - bureaucratic hurdles
    - HORRIBLE morale because you are surrounded by people who are overworked, unhappy, and extremely stressed out

    Advice to Management

    Start treating your employees as real people and not as cheap labor.

  11. Helpful (6)

    Terrible biometrics department

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Data Manager in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Data Manager in Foster City, CA

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Company overall has been growing but is slowing down. Stock performance has been good but is slowing down.

    Cons

    If you want to experience the highest job turnover rate and the lowest efficiency in the biotech industry, come join the Gilead Biometrics department. They constantly have job openings. That's because the management just can't stop people from leaving - not only junior people, but also senior directors: biostatistics, clinical data management, statistical programming, you name it. Senior directors and managers are changing like models changing in a fashion show.

    The management want to blame the work load but it is actually the ill culture. You need to unconditionally align with the management. You need to watch for back-stabbings and turf fights all the time. Good work does not pay, only kissing up will. Don't count on your group heads. There are open resentment between the biostatistics and statistical programming groups. Senior directors and vps just care for themselves.

    If you want to have a reasonable life and career, stay away.

    Advice to Management

    Examine your management team.

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