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"Overall a great company to work for"

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Genentech full-time (More than 8 years)

Pros

Benefits, collaborative environment, freedom to work outside strict boundaries (at least in Research), flexible working hours, great transportation options, friendly and engaged employees, products impact consumers' lives in a profound and beneficial way.

Cons

Now considered "Big Pharma" due to the Roche ownership. This translates into more rules, slower processes, cumbersome information technology systems (SAP-based), less individual impact on the company's successes (and failures), and a more "9-5" mentality of the workforce versus before when employees would go the extra mile to take things to the next level. Career options can be extremely limited without advanced degrees despite solid performance. Performance is only very loosely tied to compensation (i.e. you can bust your butt but only receive a modest increase in salary [about +2% relative to average increase] and bonus [about +20% relative to average bonus].

Advice to Management

Improve the cumbersome network systems (CHRIS, g2g, etc). Tie compensation more closely to INDIVIDUAL performance.

Other Employee Reviews for Genentech

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Valuable experience as a Postdoctoral Fellow"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly motivated employees, top-tier R&D department, valuable therapies for patients, international, environment, great budget and possibilities in discovery research, fast-pace environment

    Cons

    Scientific isolation as a Postdoctoral Fellow, little interaction with other parts of the company, little teamwork, fast-changing community

    Advice to Management

    More openness/ communication with common employees.


  2. "Good to Bad"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Genentech full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Genentech care about Patient, employee, Science & Shareholders.
    Gym
    child care
    work from home

    Cons

    Roche care about Money, Money, Money, then Shareholder, Patient and at last the employee.
    The employee in the Drug Safety department are unhappy and depressed. the Genentech brand has been tarnish and now people do not looking at Genentech as company they would like to work for.

    Advice to Management

    Overhaul the DS Management team, because it not working.

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