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"The best company I've ever worked!"

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Former Employee - Operations Manager in South San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Operations Manager in South San Francisco, CA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Genentech full-time (More than 8 years)

Pros

Great smart people, wonderful benefits, the opportunity to make a huge positive impact on the lives of patients.

Cons

Hard work, sometimes long hours!

Advice to Management

Listen to employees, and keep up the good work!

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  1. "Excellent, employee-friendly company"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Genentech full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, very smart people, great company culture. There is very good investment in research and development and scarcity of resources is never a limiting factor for innovation.

    Cons

    Research is very hierarchical and there is no career development track for non-PhDs or people who are in the research associate job function. Long-timers are more concerned with getting publications and their own career development rather than how their research aligns with the company goals.

    Advice to Management

    Please look at how career development is handled in research and align it more with how things are in the rest of the company.


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    "Assistant Systems Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Systems Specialist in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Systems Specialist in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great chance to learn the IT organization. Co-workers are wonderful. Everyone for the most part has a "can-do" attitude and is willing to make sacrifices for the team when needed. The company, if hired as a regular, has amazing perks and benefits.

    You do get a strong feeling of a "greater cause" while working there.

    Cons

    Terrible management. My direct manager was wonderful, everyone else up through the EC level is disconnected, disorganized and speak in corporate platitudes that share nothing about the future of the company or its direction for fear of what would surely be guaranteed mutiny.

    There is also little opportunity to move up within IT. They would rather hire a foreign contractor for a cheaper salary than promote within. Training opportunities and chances to actually learn something new is incredibly rare, and mostly only for the favorites of the department.

    The org structure is also so complicated that it's impossible to know who does what and who is in charge of which process/system or software.

    Filling positions often takes 3 months minimum. You will interview no less than 7-9 times. And they have a very 'cog-in-the-wheel' way of managing an organization.

    Also, the company as a whole is quickly becoming a soulless ghost of what Genentech used to be in the late 90s-early 2000s.

    Advice to Management

    None. They would not care anyway.

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