Gilead Sciences Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
176 Reviews
2.7
176 Reviews
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Gilead Sciences Chairman & CEO John C. Martin
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They also have many great benefits though not anything extremely special (in 11 reviews)

  • Good benefits, stock performing well so far (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • No consistent respect for work/ life balance leading to employee "burn-out" (in 21 reviews)

  • No work-life balance (no life period) (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    successful business, great benefits, high turn over

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gilead Sciences for more than a year

    Pros

    great opportunity to learn and develop your career if you are junior/entry level or young;
    great benefits;
    great cafeteria and nice outdoor opportunities: always saw a lot of free food to grab for snack or dinner

    Cons

    incompetent and stressed out middle management
    hiring manager don't expect you to stay with the company for more than 2 years

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    very good all around

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    good benefit, nice office,

    Cons

    lean- stressful work environment
    campus is expanding and it's hard to go from one building to another

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Fast paced, hard-working environment - good for smart people who are career oriented and motivated

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

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

    Pros

    sharp people, good pay, OK benefits and a nice campus with well-outfitted onsite gym and walking areas around lake

    Cons

    poor work/ life balance - very demanding hours and work load; hard to have a personal life and succeed; strange organizational structure; policies restrict or even punish those who want to advance - no promotions with department transfers, must be performing new level of work for a year or more before recognized!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider hring sufficient personnel to support the huge pipeline

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Associate Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences

    Pros

    1. Excellent product which is good for the society
    2. Interesting and challenging Work
    3. Nice pay

    Cons

    1. Work life balance, busy schedule

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. not only focus on the shareholder, but also employees

  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Childish Management Overshadows Company Benefits

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

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

    Pros

    Great people overall, employees generally have a sense of purpose. Company is doing great financially, employees are reaping the benefits of growing stocks. Great pipeline, respectable world mission, ESPP have two year lookback. Weekly happy hour, growing company.

    Cons

    Overworked and undervalued. Salaries are often not as competitive as companies like Genentech. Promotions, recognition is hard to come by. Middle management can get pity and childish, clique-y and often impacts employee moral. Often hires from the outside, assigning outside hires higher leveling/compensation than internal candidates. No work life balance. "Lean" means that they refuse to hire until it's too late and things hit the fan.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on being proactive instead of reactive and perhaps turnover will decrease.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Recommended for a short period. Great experience for your next job.

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

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

    Pros

    It's a lot like school. You work really hard, learn a lot, gain confidence in your field.

    Some people are really nice, but unfortunately they don't stay.

    Cons

    People are generally unhappy. It's hard to work when you hear about people wanting to get out when the stocks hit a certain price. Turnover is about 20%.

    You don't get too much say in what you do. Its a little hurtful. Almost like they don't respect your opinions or concerns. It's like you're disposable labor. In the Bay Area, this is pretty common though, which is really unfortunate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the culture seems to work for the company. It doesn't seem like they are too concerned with losing employees, and they are able to get drugs on the market despite this. It's a lot like graduate school. You're there to fulfill a purpose and then you leave to a company where you can get more respect and where they want to keep you for the long haul. I think management understands this and aren't too worried about changing it. It seems to work for them.

  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Strong Scientific Company with Robust Pipeline. Lacking in Efficiency

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    This a great company to work for if you are passionate about patients with life-threatening illnesses and want to earn a great salary. The company is renowned for doing twice the work with 1/2 the employees and, as a result, has an exploding stock price with a highly anticipated pipeline. The corporate culture is really fun depending on the department you are working in. The newer departments (i.e. Oncology) are young and excited to be working with each other. Other older departments are really good at what they do, but don't really enjoy spending time together. Additionally, the executives take great pride in science and patient care. They are all very keen scientists with solid academic backgrounds, which means that they make smart decisions that, ultimately doesn't compromise patient treatment. The executives also try hard to make sure their employees (who are working very hard) are happy by offering frequent company-wide gifts and events.

    Cons

    The company was founded in the late 80's, which means that a lot of the systems that are in place, are VERY obsolete. A lot of the work could be completed much faster if current technologies (ie filesharing + telecommunication) were implemented. Also, the fact that the company runs "lean" means that employees are very overworked and lack a work-life balance. That being said, there isn't very much room for career growth if you start from the bottom. Many of the employees that have been there for >2 years end up moving to a different organization because they can't get promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Remain focused on cutting edge science that helps patients, you're doing great!
    -Implement newer technology systems by rehiring a new IT department
    -Expand career growth opportunities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very profitable company but difficult work environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences

    Pros

    Extremely lean thus providing lots of challenges

    Cons

    People get promoted despite no experience in the job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    The place has potential but something's need to change.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Dimas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Dimas, CA

    I worked at Gilead Sciences as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    A company with ability to grow
    Co-workers are very helpful

    Cons

    The promotions and hires are dependent on how well you get along with the management
    Buildings need upgrading
    There are trainings in this firm that are required by FDA and everyone does them. Great, but also there are some trainings that are offered and I found out that are only offered to management level. There are some companies offering to pay for advanced degrees let alone paying for a course offered at the work site. I think the site has to change its look on this approach and encourage people to get the training they are willing to do for the classes offered on site.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people on not how well you like the people but how well they do their job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Sales Operations Intern

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    Former Employee - Sales Operations Intern  in  Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Operations Intern in Foster City, CA

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

    Pros

    -Great internship program: you receive a mentor that helps lead you through your intern project
    -Intern project: each intern gets a project that helps them produce something substantial for their department
    -Fantastic leadership: they trust you to do a great job, but are always open to questions
    -Corporate culture: friendly and motivated

    Cons

    -None, absolutely loved every minute of it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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