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"Great experience, but impossible to get a permanent job at."

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Current Contractor - Research Assistant in South San Francisco, CA
Current Contractor - Research Assistant in South San Francisco, CA
Recommends
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at Genentech as a contractor (Less than a year)

Pros

Great pay for your time, good food available.

Cons

Absolutely no way to get a permanent position.

Advice to Management

Temps are just as valuable as your permanent employees, but I can't fault you for wanting cheap labor in the industry.

Other Employee Reviews for Genentech

  1. Helpful (1)

    "The "old Genentech" was the best company in the world. The "new Genentech" is a shadow of its former self."

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    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Specialist
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Specialist
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great products that helped people with serious diseases
    Great people who cared about their jobs
    Old Genentech management created a culture that encouraged innovation and rewarded its employees

    Cons

    New management has slowly destroyed what made Genentech special
    New management has replaced the biotech model with a big Pharma model and it is not working

    Advice to Management

    Go back to what made Genentech great.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "If you get a good manager it is great. If you get a bad manager, God help you."

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are still some good researchers around but there is a slow and steady brain drain going on.
    Compensation is not the best but OK.

    Cons

    A lot of managers have risen to their current position due to attrition and not because of their qualifications/qualities/abilities. They are understandably afraid of more qualified and able personnel and try to hamper their career growth. Since everything here is manager driven if you get a bad one then, well, too bad. However there are some great people here who actively foster employee development but none of them are in research.
    People in commercial operations and development seem to be happy but those in research appear to be equally (if not more) unhappy.
    Benefits are slowly going away, with the bi-monthly Ho Ho-s, then the compensation for riding on the bus; now they have started asking employees to pay for taking the bus on some routes (previously this was only limited to contractors and temps). Health insurance is not as good as before.
    Some people pretend to do "science" without any understanding of it.
    Lower level employees cannot give real feedback on their managers.
    There is a lot of promise of change but everything stays the same.

    Advice to Management

    Please appreciate research and researchers in particular. They are the real backbone of this company.

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