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Gilead Sciences Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
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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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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company but has potential to be a Great Company

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    • 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
  3.  

    Its a great company to work

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    • 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
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  5. 2 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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you have the right manager who supports you - great company.

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

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

    Pros

    Great location and great products that do good for people.

    Cons

    Need better trained management who are people skilled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people who treat their direct reports with respect and listen to them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great experience for internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QA Intern in San Dimas, CA
    Former Employee - QA Intern in San Dimas, CA

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

    Pros

    Well-rounded QA experience in different departments
    Good work environment
    Great senior/management staff
    Weekly catering for office staff
    Decent pay for an internship

    Cons

    I would occasionally run out of work to do and they'd make me organize files alphabetically. That wasn't exactly the experience I was looking for in this internship. There should have been more workshops, training, and seminars about how to be successful in a future career at Gilead in Quality Assurance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Working Environment

    • 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

    High growth and business expansion translates in numerous job opportunities

    Cons

    Work pressure is high
    Very tight timelines

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Promising Company to work at...

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    • 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

    Pay for Performance
    Good benefits, nice company car.

    Cons

    Pay for Performance
    Larger territories = long drive times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's not metrics, it's quality of calls.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Gilead Sciences - FP&A

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits
    Areas of exposure in the business
    Company events & give backs
    Work location flexibility

    Cons

    Mentoring
    Leadership
    Training
    Compensation
    Career progression & promotion
    Recognition
    Financial systems & continuity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PLEASE consider implementing training & infrastructure for on-boarding staff.
    Connect recognition with compensation.
    Focus on IT infrastructure to improve data analytics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 9 people found this helpful  

    Business is Business

    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    The best part of working at Gilead Sciences are definitely the benefits. They have great, reasonably priced benefits for individuals and families. Another great part of working at Gilead is knowing that what you do every day is contributing to the patient directly. Nothing makes me feel better than to look at the eyes or hear some heart warming thank you for the person the medication Gilead developed helped. As this company grows fear of layoffs are very slim.

    Cons

    One of the most challenging things to handle at Gilead is the culture. It is not a very relaxed environment. Everyone seems to be working on the anxious level and always scared. Gilead is very proud of the fact that they work lean which means you do the job of 3 people and are always behind the 8 ball. If you are lucky to have a great manager they will do their best to help manage that but only to a certain extent because it is not up to them. It is driven by Senior Management and apparently they love overworked employees. People never feel a sense of accomplishment because they are always overwhelmed with work and depending on the department promotions are not given appropriately. Gilead demands a lot and not everyone can handle it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just because you work lean doesn't mean that is smart. Showing that you have been hiring does not matter either because if you are expanding therapeutic areas then yes you need to hire more people to cover those areas. Hire more people within departments so that people can lead normal lives outside of work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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