Gilead Sciences Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
176 Reviews
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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.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Childish Management Overshadows Company Benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 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.

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  5.  

    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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Big egos, small minds

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

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

    Pros

    Decent salary and benefits. Good cafeteria and the gym is not bad.

    Cons

    Employees do not live their values. Pack dog management with ongoing fights over the leader of the pack. Culture encourages power plays. Senior management retained for longevity and for being lapdogs. Short cuts taken to meet milestones.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house at the top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Can be difficult

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Foster City, CA

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

    Pros

    Time-off, medical benefits, ESPP, Great products, can be visionary

    Cons

    Immature management, of course depends which group you are in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great Products, Bad Culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist  in  Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Foster City, CA

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The company offers good healthcare benefits, compensation depends upon your level (lower level, bad compensation), lots of smart people who work hard, good stock benefits

    Cons

    Terrible management who manage through fear. Make one mistake and it stays with you until your review. Poor advancement opportunities, especially in marketing. Expected to be on call 24/7.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop burning out your employees and offer more clear paths for advancement. Lead by inspiration and motivation instead of fear. You've got good people and you're going to lose them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    Great company, very poor work/life balance

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

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

    Pros

    Gilead has great product pipeline, great people, many opportunities... it has shown a tremendous growth over the years.

    Cons

    Gilead operates in an act then think mode, speed is more important than doing it right at the first time. Work overload is constant and expected and it leads to little to non-existing professional development. Short-sighted view (acting without thinking) has lead to poor and cumbersome systems that do not support the growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Learned a lot, but toxic environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Director  in  Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Foster City, CA

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Groundbreaking products that are making a big difference. A great learning experience.

    Cons

    The office culture is toxic. You are surrounded by unhappy people who are competitive and not supportive (there is little culture/camaraderie). The attitude of upper management seems to be that the products are so great that you should be happy to have no work-life balance or ability to voice your opinion. They are proud of running "lean" which means everyone is overworked and burnt out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that your employees are unhappy and consider the importance of work-life balance in retaining good employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    So far so good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist  in  Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Foster City, CA

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

    Pros

    Great team, great incentives, good location, good science

    Cons

    little behind on some newest technology

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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