Gilead Sciences Reviews

Updated June 28, 2015
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Gilead Sciences Chairman & CEO John C. Martin
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Pros
  • Great benefits, employee stock purchase plan with a discounted purchase price, RRSP/DPSP contributions matched by Gilead (in 13 reviews)

  • Good benefits and important mission (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • No work/life balance whatsoever (in 29 reviews)

  • No work-life balance (no life period) (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (9)

    Boot Camp- Looks good on your resume

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gilead Sciences

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits
    Company vision
    Products
    Smart people

    Cons

    Horrible work life balance
    Manipulative and micromanaging management style is rampant
    Micromanaging resulting in high demand with low control.
    Employees treated like they are machines.
    Managers are only concerned about their own development and reputation.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees.
    Try to remember you are managers not individual contributors.


  2. Sales

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to sell cutting edge medicines designed to cure patients.

    Cons

    Does have a tendency to be micro-managed and starting to follow a big-pharma mentality where your every move is watched.

    Advice to Management

    Allow the employees you hired to manage their own territory and focus less on metrics which are truly inflated anyway.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Review

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences

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

    Pros

    Good energy and mission - feels good to work for a company that has a strong mission.

    Cons

    Too lean; not enough people to do all the work.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Good benefits, too many inapt manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Benefit are amazing, good healthcare, sick days, extra vacation after 5 year, stck is great, campus is well located, lot of opportunity to take a formation.

    Cons

    Choose your team and manager wisely. A lot of middle or low level manager that do not know how to manage without yelling, orblamin other people for there mistake..


  6. Helpful (1)

    statistical programmer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Statistical Programmer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Statistical Programmer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Gilead Sciences (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great work environment; nice easy going people; great pay

    Cons

    provide better opportunities to rotate within groups

    Advice to Management

    keep on doing good work


  7. Helpful (1)

    Converstion contract to full time

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA

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

    Pros

    Been working at Gilead for a little over a year as contract. Working here forces you to participate on many different projects often times with different challenges or different stages development causing you to learn a lot of different skills very fast.

    Cons

    Poor work life balance, chronically understaffed. Suffering from growing pains, divisions of work starting to lead to repetition to create a more efficient work model where employees aren't as involved with as many different tasks. Difficult environment to receive training, often times people are too busy to train in new hires.


  8. Fun

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate II in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate II in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Alot of really interesting work

    Cons

    The bay area is a ridiculous place


  9. Awesome place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Creative, dedicated people, interesting work

    Cons

    Stress, can be culture of blame


  10. Helpful (3)

    Contractor

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences

    Pros

    "It's a good place to start your career (max 3 yrs) or good if you have a family"

    Cons

    "Very poor work life balance; not enough staff to meet client needs; quite political"


  11. Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Foster City, CA

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences

    Pros

    Benefits and people are great

    Cons

    I really cant say that there are any cons about working here

    Advice to Management

    communication is key



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