Gilead Sciences Reviews

Updated August 27, 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. Interesting work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Great science, positive outlook, overall enthusiasm for mission from all functional areas

    Cons

    Centralized decision making does not empower employees. Communication needs improvement.

    Advice to Management

    "Lean" is not a culture.


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    Sr. Therapeutic Specialist

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    Former Employee - Senior Therapeutic Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Therapeutic Specialist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work. And a great place to stay working for.

    Cons

    Don't leave- its a great company..

    Advice to Management

    it safer to hire back good employees...


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    Senior Research Associate II

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate II in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate II in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Rewarding work, smart colleagues, great project opportunities.

    Cons

    Potentially political environment, occasional late evenings / weekend work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. It's reassuring to work for a company with top-notch leadership and smart investment strategy.


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  5. Helpful (10)

    Dysfunctionally Effective

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time (More than 5 years)

    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%


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    Needs balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fast paced, fun and exciting.

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance. Gilead operates very lean which puts added stress on everyone.


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    Director

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    There is a lot of work to do if you want to pick up more work. You title and salary may not reflect it but you get the experience.

    Cons

    Gilead struggles with respect and lack of communication. This is top down. Management by fear in all areas. You are expected to work evenings and weekends.

    Advice to Management

    Start communicating (teamwork is in your core values right?) and listen to the company wide surveys.


  8. Helpful (4)

    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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  9. Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Gilead has a beautiful campus. Growing company

    Cons

    The problems which accompany growing.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Don't go!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Really great products and robust pipeline. The company is certainly making a ton of money, so there is a quickly growing campus that has some good onsite perks, such as cafeterias, gym, etc.

    Cons

    Every minute of my time here was hell. In every department, they create about 4 to 6 "junior" roles that mean nothing and try to keep you there as long as possible. If you don't come in at a certain title, FORGET about ever getting promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Get some better middle management. Once you reach a certain level, there's a culture of pushing all your work down to the "minions" below. You will never hold on to good talent this way, even if your company has a great pipeline.


  11. Helpful (3)

    PTP Analyst

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    Former Employee - Procure to Pay Analyst I in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Procure to Pay Analyst I in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gilead Sciences (More than 8 years)

    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.



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