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"I liked working at Genentech"

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  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Process Engineer in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Process Engineer in San Francisco, CA
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Approves of CEO

Pros

The company always said we would go where the science leads us and we do what was right for our patients. We didn't worry about next quarter's profits or the stock price.

Great benefits, great co-workers (I've never worked at company with so many smart people) and good pipe line of new products

Cons

The manufacturing group is too bureaucratic and making a simple improvement is too difficult. Following cGMP change control was only a small part of the bureaucracy that you needed to work through to make a simple improvement.

Advice to Management

Keep following the science and do what is right for our patients.

Other Employee Reviews for Genentech

  1. Helpful (10)

    "Good learning experience but limited career growth opportunities"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great science, rich portfolio of new products
    talented pool of people
    take care of commuters (e.g. gRide program, etc.)
    great learning opportunities for young people

    Cons

    too many layers of management - too many associate directors who aren't competent on making the right decisions.
    started to layoff people - laid off lower non-manager levels, but the middle management stayed. The remaining lower level staff are so swamped with the extra work from layoff coworkers yet afraid to complain due to job security.
    too many politics
    limited career growth opportunities unless you are well connnected. request for promotion is a lengthy process. be proactive to take on development or rotational assignments as these will help to move around internally.

    Advice to Management

    Post merger integrations would have been much more effective if they were performed by 3rd parties such as management consulting firms. there were various conflicts between roche vs. genentech mgmt. as such, performing integration activities by internal folks simply weren't objective and effective.
    Get rid of layers of middle management. keep the lower level workers.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place for oncology sales"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive products that deliver value to patient. Competitive pay and benefits keeps the right people on the team. Collegial atmosphere.

    Cons

    The culture has changed with the Roche acquisition. Although still a creative company, this aspect has been dampened somewhat. More process-oriented.

    Advice to Management

    I think management is doing well given the challenges over the past four years. I would recommend that they continue to focus on patient (customer) and employee.


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