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Gilead Sciences Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
195 Reviews
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195 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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  1.  

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

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    • 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Gilead Sciences - FP&A

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    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great working env

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    • 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    COME HERE IF YOU DON'T LIKE GOING HOME OR HAVING A PERSONAL LIFE

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Foster City, CA

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Decent benefits, cheap health plan, beautiful campus, great on-site dining options, nice gym, dedicated people

    Cons

    Zero work life balance, inadequate training, corporate yes culture leads to insane deadlines, very little appreciation for meeting timelines despite working long arduous hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that your pipeline of people with strong pharma experience is limited so burning out hard-to-recruit talent is not in your long term benefit. Do not sacrifice the welfare of your staff just to meet arbitrary timelines. Establish REASONABLE timelines based on your AVAILABLE RESOURCES. Have some infrastructure to train junior staff that can contribute in the long run as most senior level talent avoid Gilead due to your sweatshop culture. Chronic 60-80 hour work weeks is not acceptable for most people. Working Gilead lean is really skeletal lean (working people to the bone).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Heavy workload and wired culture

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Foster City, CA

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice office and cafeteria; challenging work that push you to thrive out, especially you start as a junior level; Always get exposure to senior management or even VP level

    Cons

    Very childish management style: our team hired a bounch of senior level of managers and directors to do what they emphasized as "strategic work", while only one person doing the foundation work. If that one foundation person leave, the foundation crash.

    Very structured, conservative and bureaucratic. They don't value their lowest level of employees and don't treat everyone as equal

    Super wired culture. Maybe this is just our team but I hardly find myself engaged in the team.

    They made a hell lot of money but employees don't get pay well unless you're in senior mgmt plus level. That's why they lost many talents who went to Genentech (which normally pay 15~25 percent more)

    If you're contractor conversation, be mindful of your offer as they might benchmark against your salary as a contractor

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower! & Share! !!!

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

    Demanding, but rewarding.

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    Former Employee - Director in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Foster City, CA

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

    Pros

    Constant change and highly successful company.

    Cons

    Hard to achieve work/life balance at times.

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

    Overall a very good company to work for

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    • 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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company

    Current Employee - Safety Specialist in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Safety Specialist in Foster City, CA

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Experienced people to work with, a good range of benefits such as stock options and medical/dental, Bagel Day every wednesday and happy hour every friday

    Cons

    There is a lot of work to do and there will always be an influx of work coming so it can be stressful at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep actively supporting the employees!

  11. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (more than an 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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