Gilead Sciences Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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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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  1. 4 people found this helpful

    Good company - Growing fast

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

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences

    Pros

    Good benefits! Gilead works hard to help people with life threatening diseases to have a better quality of life.

    Cons

    The company doesn't want to be big pharma but it is heading there and fast! The IT department is the worst! I can probably do a better job by picking up an IT for Dummies book.

  2. 3 people found this helpful

    Great place to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gilead Sciences

    Pros

    Great learning opportunity. Some of the Sr. Mgt is good and very supportive (Kitty Yale is one of those rare good leaders and managers)

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy, which some times reminds you that you are just a minion and your efforts and hard work mean nothing to the Sr. Management, most times they go unrecognized which is quite demotivating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sr. Management needs to look at the global landscape and provide opportunities to employees that match the industry standard.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gilead Sciences

    Pros

    Good benefit, excellent employees and flexible hours with Happy Hour ever Friday

    Cons

    finance management sucks! Manager will not schedule 1:1 until it is forced by upper Management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to have open door policy with employees and hire Managers that have worked in Accounting not only in Payroll

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 4 people found this helpful

    Hard Work

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    • 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
  6. 4 people found this helpful

    A lot of work to be done, and no reward for your efforts

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The company is doing well and the stocks are good (for now).

    Cons

    - overall low salaries compared to other biotech companies
    - VERY high turnover rate: company is expanding so fast that people who are not team players, not super competent, and/or are a bad personality fit are being hired solely as a pair of hands; this fosters a competitive and unpleasant work environment
    - people are overworked but under trained
    - upper management gets to decide when you will be promoted and how fast; the process is not transparent and what you have actually accomplished is not considered
    - you have no influence on what you want to work on; company needs trump your own personal career growth
    - feeling under appreciated for your efforts because your salary and bonuses do not reflect how hard you've worked and you are rarely rewarded for your accomplishments
    - INEFFICIENCY due to growing pains
    - many shortcuts are taken to fulfill timelines; this is probably not sustainable
    - bureaucratic hurdles
    - HORRIBLE morale because you are surrounded by people who are overworked, unhappy, and extremely stressed out

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start treating your employees as real people and not as cheap labor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 5 people found this helpful

    Terrible biometrics department

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Data Manager in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Data Manager in Foster City, CA

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

    Pros

    Company overall has been growing but is slowing down. Stock performance has been good but is slowing down.

    Cons

    If you want to experience the highest job turnover rate and the lowest efficiency in the biotech industry, come join the Gilead Biometrics department. They constantly have job openings. That's because the management just can't stop people from leaving - not only junior people, but also senior directors: biostatistics, clinical data management, statistical programming, you name it. Senior directors and managers are changing like models changing in a fashion show.

    The management want to blame the work load but it is actually the ill culture. You need to unconditionally align with the management. You need to watch for back-stabbings and turf fights all the time. Good work does not pay, only kissing up will. Don't count on your group heads. There are open resentment between the biostatistics and statistical programming groups. Senior directors and vps just care for themselves.

    If you want to have a reasonable life and career, stay away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Examine your management team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Great company with strong pipeline

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    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
  9. 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
  10. 7 people found this helpful

    Good Company but has potential to be a Great Company

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    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
  11. Clinical Data Manager

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    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

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