Gilead Sciences Reviews

Updated August 1, 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 (6)

    Dysfunctionally Effective

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

    I worked 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

    - 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%


  2. Helpful (2)

    Worth-while Experience but Not for the Faint of Heart

    Former Employee - Associate Director in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Foster City, CA

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    -very smart, dedicated team members -culture of hard work and sacrifice (for the value of learning) -opportunity to learn and grow -left because of family need and was well supported -each person is held responsible for his/her work and contribution

    Cons

    -have to establish your own work/life balance -not for the faint of heart -not much tolerance for "lack of fit" culturally and work-habit wise; no time to "learn to fit in" -not a training ground; must be ready to hit the ground running no matter what position

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps there should be a way for folks to intern to get the right experience ahead of hiring. Ensure that everyone is aware of their potential career path. Create more of a culture of information sharing, where possible.


  3. Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gilead Sciences

    Pros

    Gilead has a beautiful campus. Growing company

    Cons

    The problems which accompany growing.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    PTP Analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Procure to Pay Analyst I in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Procure to Pay Analyst I in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Gilead Sciences (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Great company, great benefits, flexibility

    Cons

    micro managers, lack of communication

    Advice to Management

    Management should learn to communicate effectively with their subordinates and stop trying to micro manage. Also, it does not hurt to be a leader...practice what you preach.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Medical Director

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

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Good science, great place to learn a lot in a short period of time

    Cons

    Culture of fear and overall poor work environment

    Advice to Management

    Money doesn't fix everything


  7. Helpful (5)

    Brutal...

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

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    -Great executives (CEO, CIO, ...) that are very smart and know how to position themselves in the market -Solid benefits -Good location in Bay Area -Stock, although it has significantly tapered and they are very stingy with giving them out nowadays

    Cons

    -Tons of bureaucracy across the board -In house talent used to be rock stars, now they just hire anybody off the street as long as you're a buddy of someone in management -Lots of politics to get things done. People stepping on each other to save themselves rampant in our department -Lackluster management, too many chiefs/not enough Indians -No ceiling on # hours to work, they expect you to be available all hours of the day

    Advice to Management

    -Really try to look at your people and find a way to develop them -For being in the medicine industry, don't make life unhealthy and toxic for your employee. Try to foster the ones that got you this far -At least act like you appreciate your employees


  8. Helpful (14)

    Boot Camp- Looks good on your resume

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Positive Experience

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Pay for Performance Culture. No partner selling. High achieving people with positive outlook and everyone is accountable for their success/failure

    Cons

    Micromanaging. 2 Day field Rides every month. As an account manager it is ridiculous

    Advice to Management

    Cut the field rides back, its disruptive and customers don't like it


  10. Helpful (4)

    not recommend to friends

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

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    ok salary to survive in Bay Area.

    Cons

    strong politics, awesome people leave gradually these years.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Good benefits, too many inapt manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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..



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