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Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
211 Reviews
2.9
211 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hard Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    -Good environment to learn
    -A lot of work is not outsourced allowing for more ownership of projects and assurance of quality deliverables
    -Great science, great products, exciting therapies

    Cons

    -Poor work life balance, even if you leave on time each day expect to work while at home in the evening
    -Tight timelines on all projects
    -High, high workload

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company with strong pipeline

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gilead Sciences

    Pros

    Strong pipeline and great coworkers. Very fast paced and smart people work here. Company devotes significant resources to help patients.

    Cons

    Hierarchical, long hours, demanding deadlines, and less perks than other pharmaceuticals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Amazing Company, fast growing

    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Foster City, CA

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

    Pros

    lots to learn, benefits, good work

    Cons

    lots of work, so dont expect to have a great social life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Clinical Data Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Manager in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Data Manager in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    Great company. Great Benefits. Great pay.

    Cons

    Not enough training and growing too fast

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less micro management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Good Company but has potential to be a Great Company

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

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

    Pros

    Thus far Gilead is a really good company with a great pipeline compared to other pharma companies out there. They have good benefits and the cafeteria is really good. You have to get in a good department to be extremely happy

    Cons

    Their biggest issue is they are very reluctant to change. The executives don't understand its not the same company back in the nineties and the early days of pharma. You will find many of the VPs have grown up at Gilead and just want to keep the status quo, and form a pack mentality if an external candidate wants to implement change for the good of the company. There is a lot of turf war at the VP level limiting direct reports from doing their jobs. I wish a consultant can just come in say No No No you cant run this way anymore and you need to revamp your organization. This will only happen if the top Executives leave. The work life balance is just crazy to do the job of three people will eventually burn out your employees. They also have a very weak IT structure meaning reporting is non existent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Welcome Change I know you don't want to be like big pharma but you will face big pharma problems. Ask yourselves are you really prepared and if not look at the infrastructure of the company and allow folks that want to implement change to do so.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Contractor on IT

    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - IT Analyst in Foster City, CA
    Current Contractor - IT Analyst in Foster City, CA

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people
    Company is growing
    Opportunities are there but very minimal

    Cons

    If you're in IT, there is a lot of politics. I've been working here for a little over two years. No matter how hard you work, it seems to rarely get recognized. It's not how hard you work around here, it is how much you can suck up to higher management to get converted to full-time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize those who work hard. Your good workers can up and leave at anytime they feel mistreated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Amazing Benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate I in Oceanside, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate I in Oceanside, CA

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences

    Pros

    Not only are the actual benefits here pretty great, but there are great fringe benefits like lunches and gifts all the time.

    Cons

    For me, the only Con is my own commute. Also growing at such a fast rate that lab space is becoming cramped, but that is in the works.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They do a wonderful job of setting goals and helping their employees get the most out of their opportunities already.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Some amazingly intelligent individuals, some lazy stupid people as well. Middle management only concerned with themselve

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

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences

    Pros

    Products are amazing. So much to learm

    Cons

    See above regarding stupid people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Its a great company to work

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

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Amazing things they are doing for the patients with critical diceases

    Cons

    work-life balance is poor due to fast pace

    Recommends
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst management practices in my 20+ years experience at 10+ companies (review for 2009-2011)

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

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

    Pros

    They give you titles and signing bonuses, probably because they have such a hard time getting people willing to work there. They are always hiring, due to the high turnover rate. In recent years, the stock price has been doing well.

    Cons

    When there is a management challenge, instead of having a conversation with the employee and trying to manage the problem, they made their lives miserable to get them to quit. Management expressed extreme pride in how efficient they were as compared with companies like BMS, J&J, etc For example, when people would ask about getting more resources, they would say, "where are you from? Oh, for 5 of them, there is 1 of us." Although HR usually is there for the company and not really for the employees (with the exception of a few companies), it is never as true as it is here. Don't bother bringing any issues to HR. It would be more productive for you to spend your time searching for another job, although due to how many hours you have to work here, you probably won't have the time. Work-life balance doesn't exist here and you shouldn't even breath a word of it or you will be fired or made to wish you were dead. Recruiters throughout the bay area in biotech know to go poaching there, because of the environment. The most political, back-stabbing environment I have ever experienced or heard of. Extreme favoritism and politics. Talking about the company to anyone you wouldn't trust with your life (slight exaggeration) is not advisable; and don't talk in the hallways or cafes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire. Or to borrow from another poster, stay there so I never have to encounter you anywhere else ever again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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