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"Nice experience during quick stay"

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Former Contractor - Manufacturing Technician in South San Francisco, CA
Former Contractor - Manufacturing Technician in South San Francisco, CA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at Genentech as a contractor (Less than a year)

Pros

Amazing products, teams, staff,compensation, perks, events and incentives

Cons

I felt that there were lots of politics involved with promotion or advancing to a full-time employee from contract position

Advice to Management

Equality in the promotion process

Other Employee Reviews for Genentech

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great internship program"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Genentech full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Genentech has a well established intern program and provides many development events and opportunities for development. Also, the cafeteria food is good.

    Cons

    Large campus so can be difficult to meet people. Interactions seem to be isolated to within your building.

    Advice to Management

    none


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Was doing better after merge but waning again"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company still has potential and perks. They retain some of the original perks that made the pre-merge GNE great even though much of the spirit may not be as genuine.

    Cons

    Roche is reasserting itself and the culture is becoming more in business for business. Used to be "people first" but no longer investing so much in the individual contributors. Senior leaders instructed to message how to do more with less. Lots of nepotism with unfairness in hiring and promotion practices. Recently a job was announced that it would be posted for 5 days, open to internal candidates only, and that "a preferred internal candidate has been identified but you are welcome to apply". Compensation given on a curve so someone is always assessed as underperforming which fosters an environment of backstabbing, cliques and politics. Middle managers with no project work often need to create work for their reports because they don't have enough individual work to do resulting in micromanagement or bullying so they can be seen as high performers to their management. Senior leaders want middle management so they alleviate the number of reports to focus on politics and maneuvering. Organizations are top heavy making rank and file overworked with most of the pay going to the senior leaders who are rewarded with more compensation if they can squeeze more work from fewer people and lower pay.

    Advice to Management

    Remove the layers of management that are not doing project work. Those with project work can have direct reports as they can best understand what their employees are going through. Clean up the governance structure so decisions can be made quickly instead of onerous slide preparation, briefings etc that delay overall timelines. Invest in your employees and give them ownership of their work and opportunities for development. Drive decision-making down to the lowest appropriate level. Increase fairness in promotion and hiring practices instead of making decisions based on 'cliques'. Think hard on cost-cutting decisions if the trade off is higher employee dissatisfaction and engagement. Foster integrity by keeping your promises. Senior leaders think they need to make the important decisions but perhaps they need to learn how to delegate better--generate data to see if smarter decisions are made by senior leaders or those that know the project and competitive environment best.


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