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Genentech Overview

South San Francisco, CA
10000+ employees
Roche
1976
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
$10+ billion (USD) per year
A member of the Roche Group, Genentech has been at the forefront of the biotechnology industry for more than 40 years, using human genetic information to develop novel medicines for serious and life-threatening diseases.

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Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2017 (#32), 2016 (#34), 2015 (#17), 2014 (#25), 2011 (#44), 2009 (#17)

Top CEOs: 2016 (#22)

Company Updates

  • We recently celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month by hosting a “Change Sequence” networking event on campus. Featuring a keynote by Dr. Fabian Sandoval, CEO Emerson Clinical Research Institute, and a panel discussion with some of our leaders, the event honored the contributions made by Hispanic/LatinX leaders in the biotech industry.

  • Veronica McCright, VP Site Services, was recently profiled in African American Career World Magazine for her former work leading the Procurement team that is sourcing everything our organization needs to operate. Veronica shares more about our supplier diversity program which focuses on increasing opportunities for smaller, diverse suppliers such as women owned, service-disabled, veteran and minority owned businesses. Read more: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vMyzi

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Genentech – Why Work For Us?


The Genentech journey began in the unlikely meeting between a venture capitalist and a scientist. Two men, who may have never met if not for their shared passion for a seemingly crazy idea:

That if we look inside, into the very fabric of our DNA, we might find a way to help people suffering from the world’s worst medical conditions. And while we’ve succeeded again and again, giving rise to an entire industry-- we never forget that millions of patients still suffer.

There is still so much to do. So we do the everyday work. We follow the science.

Passion

We invented biotechnology. And we’re driven to do it again, every day. The passion that drives us is the belief that the science of life — biology — holds the keys to solving life's toughest health challenges. Innovative science is the basis of our existence and the foundation for our future. We approach opportunities and challenges with an open mind and break new ground by breaking with convention. And, while we recognize that failure is a possible outcome, we focus on long-term success and the difference we make in the lives of patients. 

Purpose

Doing your job well positively impacts the lives of millions of patients. This is our purpose. Each individual patient inspires our researchers to do groundbreaking science. Their stories motivate us all to continue developing new treatment options for people with serious or life-threatening diseases. It's the tireless mother who gives her kids 100 percent while hiding the pain from rheumatoid arthritis. It's a young boy coming to grips with cystic fibrosis. It's a new grandfather who just learned he has stage IV colon cancer. These are the people who remind us of what we do and why — day after day. 

People

Our one-of-a-kind culture is built on diversity, dedication, and celebration. We bring together the most talented employees we can find, and then we give them room to be themselves. By encouraging diversity in all its forms — thought, skill, experience, culture, and style — we arrive at new ways of doing things. Because it’s this type of environment that ensures employees can make their greatest contributions to Genentech and, most importantly, to our patients. 

 

We are bright. We are dedicated. We are geeky. We are human. Each of our employees, regardless of role or title, has the passion and grit needed to work together with the end goal of improving patients’ lives. We pride ourselves on an inclusive atmosphere where diverse ideas, backgrounds and viewpoints are valued. We invest in our employees, providing benefits and resources to help them thrive at work and beyond.

Our professional fields include Research & Early Development, Product Development, Pharma Technical Operations, Commercial Operations, Finance, HR, Legal and more. Find your fit.

Research & Early Development: gRED

gRED aspires to make fundamental scientific discoveries and to develop these discoveries into first or best-in-class medicines made in the best interest of our patients. To reach these goals, we actively encourage creativity, discussion and leadership among our researchers, welcoming the diverse skills and backgrounds each member brings to the gRED team.



Product Development


Product Development determines which potential new medicines have the best prospects for development by testing the formulas against specific diseases in the clinic and then guiding chosen medicine candidates through the many precise phases of clinical testing. We conduct global clinical trials, analyze results, monitor safety, and work with regulatory authorities to provide differentiated medicines to patients.



Pharma Technical North America


PTNA Operations turns cells into the final medicine that is delivered to patients, managing all aspects of manufacturing and supply, including quality, engineering and supply chain. These functions support Genentech's end-to-end process, which consists of two primary operations:

  • Substance production — using genetically modified cells to serve as mini-factories that can manufacture the required proteins.
  • Product production — creating the final formulation of the medicine into a sterile liquid or powder that is placed in a vial, syringe or device and packaged for worldwide distribution.

Click here for a virtual 360 tour of Making Medicines!

Commercial Operations

Our Commercial, Medical and Government Affairs team plays a crucial role in introducing new treatment options to patients, educating physicians using real world clinical data, engaging lawmakers and patient advocacy groups, and ultimately delivering Genentech's groundbreaking medicines to those who need them.

Learn more about the work we're doing in Hemophilia here. 

Corporate Operations

It isn’t just scientists and clinicians who impact the development of new medicines. From HR to Finance and beyond, our corporate teams help Genentech run smoothly while providing the resources and capacity to translate our science into therapies intended to improve and extend people's lives.

Corporate Operations encompasses a number of areas, including:

  • Site Services:— This team is responsible for enabling workplace productivity and wellbeing. It includes Environmental Sustainability, Health and Safety, Corporate Facilities and Maintenance, Transportation, Security, Real Estate and Workplace Planning.
  • Human Resources:— Our HR division handles Compensation and Benefits, Employee Relations, Learning and Organization Development, Diversity and Inclusion, as well as Staffing— – these teams work together to attract and develop a diverse community and a productive environment.
  • Corporate Relations: Members of this team support all external and internal Genentech communication needs through an honest, effective dialogue with various audiences and by promoting a fair representation of Genentech in the media.
  • Finance: Our Finance division delivers world-class financial management services and value-based business decision support.
  • Pharma Informatics:— This is our IT team. It provides Genentech employees with highly efficient and predictable information management services, products and strategies – a necessity in the fast-paced and highly advanced biotech industry.
  • Legal: Our legal staff offers sound guidance and expertise in a number of areas such as litigation, contracts, intellectual property and products.
  • Healthcare Compliance:— This team assists employees by promoting a culture of compliance and maintaining a comprehensive program that enforces relevant policies.

View our open positions here.


Cross-functional collaborations, business-critical projects, fun activities, welcoming colleagues, and supportive managers — you’ve just found a great place to gain real world experience. Whether you're a current student or a recent graduate, planning a path to a great career is an important step in your future successes. 

Discover Diverse People With Common Bonds

Genentech's highly diverse work environment brings together employees from all corners of the globe and from countless employment and educational backgrounds. What is their common link? It's a passion to excel and a deep commitment to our mission of developing drugs that address significant unmet medical needs.

Build a remarkable and rewarding career— plus your own unique career path— in departments such as:

  • Research and Early Development
  • Process Development
  • Product Development
  • Manufacturing
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Finance
  • Global Pharma Procurement
  • Corporate Groups

The Next Step is Yours

You can explore your career options through our highly regarded summer internship program, become a part of our flexible student co-op experience or apply directly to Genentech as a recent graduate. If you're an MBA student, you can also apply to our challenging 10 to 12-week internship program, which will expand the limits of your knowledge while you work on projects that will have a real impact.

For more information, visit our  University and Early Career Page.  

Genentech's diverse work environment brings together employees from around the globe, with an array of backgrounds and skills. The common link? A passion to excel and a deep commitment to our mission of developing medicines that address significant unmet medical needs.

We believe transparency and accountability are key to achieving manufacturing and quality excellence. Our leadership team is committed to enabling a culture of cross-functional collaboration that will foster network thinking and create career pathing across the entire Roche sites.


Explore all Our People stories here - stories of obstacles and opportunities - that celebrate the people who work here. 


We Treat You Right

Work with Our Communities
 
At Genentech, we strive for a collaborative environment and a diverse, inclusive atmosphere. If you’d like to join our team, we encourage you to explore our job offerings and learn more about our hiring process, culture and benefits. 
 
Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is evidenced in Genentech’s Diversity Network Associations (DNA), a range of employee groups that drive and support professional development, strategic healthcare, educational and community outreach. We are committed to strong relationships with diverse organizations in the places where we work and live.
 
Moreover, we know that making medicines is just one way we can make a difference. And we’re passionate about applying our skills, time and resources to positively impact the patients we serve, the scientific community, and the communities around us. To learn more about some of the work we are doing in our communities, click here
 
Other Perks
 
Beyond the rewarding work, we have clubs and organizations offered to our employees interested in a specific topic who come together periodically to share interests. Genentech provides a number of benefits to help employees focus on their daily work while maintaining good work-life balance. 
  • State-of-the-art wellness/health facility and gym 
  • Employee transportation programs 
  • Signature volunteer programs including Genentech Gives Back , Genentech Goes to Town , and Future Lab, our STEM education initiative supporting all K-12 students within the community. 
  • On-site childcare 
  • Paid sabbaticals
  • Full-service cafeterias
  • Educational seminars and learning opportunities
  • Tuition assistance programs (up to $10,000 per year)
  • Adoption and surrogacy reimbursement programs
  • Free counseling, financial and legal advice
  • Concierge and travel arrangements
  • On-site dental van for full service care
  • Private rooms for nursing mothers
  • Sponsored employee sports teams
  • Discounts to area museums and attractions
  • On-site amenities including car wash facilities, bicycle repair, haircut services and spa treatments
We also have over 100 clubs where employees can share their interest on a variety of topics and activities ranging from yoga, gardening, photography, sports, to cats. And one of our favorite aspects of our culture is a Genentech tradition: Ho-Hos. These monthly get-togethers give you a chance to unwind and connect with your colleagues. 
 
 

Genentech Reviews

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    Competitive Pay
    Great benefits
    Awards
    Great Work life balance that promotes working from home
    team engagement events
    able to travel
    visibility
     a lot of development opportunities
    Be able to help others
    Our give back to the community events

    Cons

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    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

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Genentech Photos

Genentech photo of: Employees dress up for our annual Bay to Beakers Children's Walk, which benefits important children's causes.
Genentech photo of: From 5th grade mentorships to college scholarships, we're working to inspire the passion that changes patients' lives.
Genentech photo of: B34 was built on four pillars: sustainability, wellbeing, community, and innovation.
Genentech photo of: Giving back is in our DNA.
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Genentech Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Genentech (South San Francisco, CA) in February 2009.

    Interview

    Had an initial phone screen with HR and hiring manager which went well. I was assigned a HR account rep who could not have been more incompetent. I was recommended for an on-site interview but the HR rep I was working for lost my file and thus the offer to interview on site was never extended to me. When I called after three weeks to check the status of my application the HR rep I spoke with said that they had on file that I had not responded to their request for an on-site interview thus my application was cancelled.

    Interview Questions

    • Where to you see the future of the Bio pharmaceuticals to be and among our competitors do you feel is best positioned for this future   1 Answer
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Genentech Awards & Accolades

  • The 50 Best Places to Work for New Dads, Fatherly.com, 2015
  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune Magazine, 2015
  • 44 Healthiest Companies to Work For in America, Greatist.com, 2014
  • Top Employer, Science Magazine, 2014
  • Top Women in Biotech, FierceBiotech, 2014
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