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"Still have work to do to be "great" place to work."

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Company truly does stick to values in terms of following science and doing what is right for the patient. Great benefits and stable organization (excellent pipeline). Work with great people. Great resources to get the job done.

Cons

Very difficult to get promoted from within. Can get exceeds expectations multiple years in a row, but still not be perfect enough. There is quite a bit of politics at play in deciding on promotions. If you are not in with the right leaders, criteria changes and you don't get promoted. Easier for people to come in at those higher levels externally. They also come in with higher compensation. People who have been with company for many years tend to fall behind in salaries. Becoming overwhelmed with process. It seems every week, there is a new process or SOP to adhere to that really doesn't affect quality of work.

Advice to Management

Apply historical promotional data in terms of quality of work when making decisions for promotions. Have your employee's back - don't let one person 3 levels up make the decision for your employee. The loyal employees and strong performers will be recruited away if their compensation isn't at market rate. Rate all processes put in place from 1 - 10, and eliminate anything below 6. Is it critical to the success of the job?

Other Employee Reviews for Genentech

  1. "Genentech is truly focused on solving patient problems, particularly for those with unmet medical needs."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people, dedicated to a common cause.

    Cons

    Large internal infrastructure has added layers of bureaucracy and politics.

    Advice to Management

    Work/life balance is an issue. For field-based employees, the number of meetings can get in the way of doing the customer-facing work.


  2. "The Place to be for Biotech"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Genentech full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Too many to name... noble work, great compensation, good people to work with, leaders who care about development and employee welfare (ymmv), food, food, food, concerts, beautiful campus, sense of community & volunteerism and more!

    Cons

    Work/life balance: depending on where you are, there is often a work to your max (and sometimes beyond) atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Being a fast paced, dynamic company has led to a great amount of turnover in leadership (mostly due to advancement- a good thing!). Some of the new leaders (or new in position leaders) were great individual contributors, but need some work as people managers. Take or find the time to help them improve. And be wary of running too lean.

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