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Gilead Sciences Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
194 Reviews
2.8
194 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.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Promising Company to work at...

    • 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

    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
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  5.  

    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 an 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
  6. 5 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
  7.  

    An industry leader focused

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, good team great environment

    Cons

    gilead is no longer in NC

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

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

    I worked at Gilead Sciences as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people who are passionate about their work. Everyone works very hard and loves what they do.

    Cons

    They don't grow very quickly so current s work hard around the clock. Each person is works very hard. Only hire those with loads of experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great working env

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

    I worked at Gilead Sciences as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good tech
    Good knowledgable peers
    Follows agile process
    Best quality practices are followed

    Cons

    Work pressure is a bit much

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Busy

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

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences

    Pros

    You will gain lots of experience whether you are ready for it or not

    Cons

    Workload comes in long spurts versus short spurts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase quality of personnel and number of personnel

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall a very good company to work for

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

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

    Pros

    Generous budget for instrumentation and consumables, very good health insurance.

    Cons

    Very tight timelines, long hours spent at work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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