Gilead Sciences Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
172 Reviews

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Gilead Sciences Chairman & CEO John C. Martin
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They also have many great benefits though not anything extremely special (in 11 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 21 reviews)

  • No work-life balance (no life period) (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very profitable company but difficult work environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences

    Pros

    Extremely lean thus providing lots of challenges

    Cons

    People get promoted despite no experience in the job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Strong Scientific Company with Robust Pipeline. Lacking in Efficiency

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences as an intern for less than a 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    The place has potential but something's need to change.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Dimas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Dimas, CA

    I worked at Gilead Sciences as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    A company with ability to grow
    Co-workers are very helpful

    Cons

    The promotions and hires are dependent on how well you get along with the management
    Buildings need upgrading
    There are trainings in this firm that are required by FDA and everyone does them. Great, but also there are some trainings that are offered and I found out that are only offered to management level. There are some companies offering to pay for advanced degrees let alone paying for a course offered at the work site. I think the site has to change its look on this approach and encourage people to get the training they are willing to do for the classes offered on site.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people on not how well you like the people but how well they do their job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Childish Management Overshadows Company Benefits

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

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people overall, employees generally have a sense of purpose. Company is doing great financially, employees are reaping the benefits of growing stocks. Great pipeline, respectable world mission, ESPP have two year lookback. Weekly happy hour, growing company.

    Cons

    Overworked and undervalued. Salaries are often not as competitive as companies like Genentech. Promotions, recognition is hard to come by. Middle management can get pity and childish, clique-y and often impacts employee moral. Often hires from the outside, assigning outside hires higher leveling/compensation than internal candidates. No work life balance. "Lean" means that they refuse to hire until it's too late and things hit the fan.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on being proactive instead of reactive and perhaps turnover will decrease.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Can be difficult

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Foster City, CA

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

    Pros

    Time-off, medical benefits, ESPP, Great products, can be visionary

    Cons

    Immature management, of course depends which group you are in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Sales Operations Intern

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    Former Employee - Sales Operations Intern  in  Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Operations Intern in Foster City, CA

    I worked at Gilead Sciences as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    -Great internship program: you receive a mentor that helps lead you through your intern project
    -Intern project: each intern gets a project that helps them produce something substantial for their department
    -Fantastic leadership: they trust you to do a great job, but are always open to questions
    -Corporate culture: friendly and motivated

    Cons

    -None, absolutely loved every minute of it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Wished I had left sooner.

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    Current Employee - Tss
    Current Employee - Tss

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The money, stock and 401K.

    Cons

    Never trust your regional business manager. NEVER. Remember you are only as good as your numbers last week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PTSD.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Big egos, small minds

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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 full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Decent salary and benefits. Good cafeteria and the gym is not bad.

    Cons

    Employees do not live their values. Pack dog management with ongoing fights over the leader of the pack. Culture encourages power plays. Senior management retained for longevity and for being lapdogs. Short cuts taken to meet milestones.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house at the top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Numbers, numbers, numbers

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    The company has a great pipeline and are currently selling great products. They pride themselves on pay for performance so if you do well, you will be nicely compensated.

    Cons

    A lot of pressure to hit weekly numbers. It's hard to have your own opinion's on how to execute, they only want things done their way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust the good people you have working for you.

  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Churn and burn...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good salaries and benefits. Many talented and intelligent co-workers. Very profitable organization.

    Cons

    Management is proud to state that each employee performs the work of 1.5 employees. No work/life balance whatsoever. Employees will be worked until they drop, then replaced in the blink of an eye. Internal politics are the biggest downfall. Decision makers are set in their ways and are not open to new ideas or practices and manage through intimidation. High turnover makes productivity difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide development and training to managers. At least pretend to have concern for staff well-being.
    Company is too large to function with "old boys network" mentality.

    Doesn't Recommend

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