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"Genentech is a great company but each site is different"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oceanside, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oceanside, CA
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Pros

I liked the value Genentech (Corporation) placed on employee satisfaction. I feel that as a corporation Genentech shares information that impacts us at the appropriate time and trust's its employees to be professional about the information. I also liked the stability the company has attained, this affords them the ability to have extra non-routine benefits such as HoHos, Incentives, recognition programs, free drinks etc. Genentech's bonus structure is also very generous given the company has a good year. I also liked the resources available for professional development. I was able to take numerous internal courses that helped develop my skills. The Genentech facilities are also very confortable to work in with wide open spaces.

Cons

The culture at the particular site where I worked at was not very rewarding. The site tends to elicit competition with the other sites. This is a very uncomfortable situation when you are representing the site on a cross site project. Another downside is that although Genentech is flexible with your time, Genentech expects 120% from everyone, on average. However, they encourage that you balance work / life. In addition, at the site I worked at, it feels as if the ones that stretch themselves and take the challenges are not necessarily the ones that are rewarded. It sometime feels as if they prefer a more quiet behavior.

Advice to Management

Senior management needs to focus on the work being accomplished and embrace individuality. It is individuality and sharing of ideas (be it same or different) that results in positive change.

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in South San Francisco, CA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Genentech has a great location on the Bay, so you have a great view from your office. It's a great employer if you have a family, providing nice benefits including support for commuting, day care, etc. They're #2 (behind Google) on nicest places to work for a reason. There are lots of morale events for employees, and the management is pretty open. And then there's the satisfaction of helping developing life-saving drugs, and the feeling on having an impact on people's lives. As a company, Genentech has science at it's core, and is definitely driven by the research department. The company does good science, so if you work in research, it can be very rewarding.

    Cons

    Genentech's campus is far away from everything, so commuting can be a problem. There is somewhat of an academic, laid-back culture, so it's slow-moving compared to the rest of corporate America. If you're not in Research or Business Development, you might be a little frustrated. Those are the two groups that drive the company. Yes, there's a lot of spending on sales, marketing, and manufacturing, but that's mostly going through the motions. If you really want to have an impact at Genentech, you should be in Research or BD.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing what you're doing. Make sure all employees see the bigger picture. Encourage more communication within the company.


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    "Deserving of "Best Places to Work" Spotlight"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The network of talented researchers and scientists willing to share their knowledge is inspiring. It seems that talented employees with great ideas are given the resources and motivation to succeed. The work environment is casually intensive and reminiscent of an academic campus. Managers are generally competent and care about an employee's advancement.

    Cons

    It definitely seems that the "glory days" of Genentech have passed and a big-company established feel is replacing the start-up mentality. Perks, while nice and generous, are over-hyped. Org structure could be flatter (a lot of middle management). Despite emphasis on professional development, promotions can be difficult to come by.

    Advice to Management

    While changes occur as a company grows, don't lose the small-company mentality that led to DNA's success.

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