Gilead Sciences Reviews

Updated September 3, 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. Manager

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    Current Employee - Manager in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good compensation (including bonuses)

    Cons

    Extremely intense work environment. Not for starters and easy goers

    Advice to Management

    Increase staffing


  2. Helpful (1)

    Manager, Medical Affairs

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    Former Employee - Manager in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Rapid growth, fast paced environment, hard working staff at all levels, superb expertise and talents, very good employee stock discount, decent benefits.

    Cons

    Becoming very bureaucratic due to too fast growth, risk averse, not forgiving on mistakes, occasionally autocratic and hierarchical, lots or insecure and paranoid managers, excessive non-productive meetings, too man workoholics.

    Advice to Management

    Be more caring about staff, hire the best and then leave them alone to do their work, stop being a helicopter, cut the number of meeting by half, eliminate butt kissers, stop paying lip service to "we regard our employees as our best assets"!


  3. Hard-working, fast-paced environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fast-paced environment with many opportunities to work on interesting problems and drugs that will change patients lives. Hard-working colleagues who are passionate and smart.

    Cons

    Consistent with the overall culture, an emphasis is placed on recruiting top talent, with a limited effort placed on retaining talent.


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  5. Sales

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    smart growing company, solid pipeline

    Cons

    Losing small company feel. Needs to reevaluate internally


  6. Helpful (1)

    Administrative Coordinator

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    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Monument, CO
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Monument, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Loved the work ethic and fact that my team was responsible for launching one of the most effective therapies to cure Hep C.

    Cons

    The company's large growth over the past 10 years has affected the small biotech feeling GSI once had...


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great company that likes to run lean

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work is satisfying and the people are top notch. The senior leaders are well educated, science driven decision makers.

    Cons

    The pace of the work can be fast and overwhelming at times. Salaries could be more in-line with the market average.


  8. Interesting work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Great science, positive outlook, overall enthusiasm for mission from all functional areas

    Cons

    Centralized decision making does not empower employees. Communication needs improvement.

    Advice to Management

    "Lean" is not a culture.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Sr. Therapeutic Specialist

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    Former Employee - Senior Therapeutic Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Therapeutic Specialist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. And a great place to stay working for.

    Cons

    Don't leave- its a great company..

    Advice to Management

    it safer to hire back good employees...


  10. Helpful (1)

    Senior Research Associate II

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate II in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate II in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Rewarding work, smart colleagues, great project opportunities.

    Cons

    Potentially political environment, occasional late evenings / weekend work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. It's reassuring to work for a company with top-notch leadership and smart investment strategy.


  11. Helpful (11)

    Dysfunctionally Effective

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Really smart people - Great science - In it for the right reasons (saving lives) - High growth, see how it's done

    Cons

    - Founder culture (decision-making too lofty and behind closed doors, lack of process, etc.) still exists even though it's 30 years old - Culture of fear (perception that you can be fired at any time for any reason) pervades - For a larger company (now), they still work their people to the bone without great pay

    Advice to Management

    - Empower the troops - Disclose long-term strategy to company (there was a sense that only the Senior Leadership Team needed to know the strategy) - Provide real career paths and professional development opportunities to more than just the top 5%



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