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Updated January 22, 2019
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  • "Hard to convert from intern to full-time position" (in 87 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (17)

    "Left Genentech too soon! No company is perfect but this is the best place I've worked in biotech"

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    Former Employee - BioOncology Market Planning in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - BioOncology Market Planning in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very smart, exemplary colleagues - raise your game!
    Numerous training opportunities
    Encouraged to seek new roles when available
    Great benefits - financial and non-monetary

    Cons

    Long commute for those living outside SSF but with many transit options
    Lots of work, busy company - work-life balance means something different to everyone
    Manager turnover could be distressing for some - depends on group/role

    Advice to Management

    Due to manager turnover, I reported to four different people during my <2 yr employment stint. At the time, I was very frustrated with this and made an impulsive decision to chase the "greener grass" at another company. Big mistake. I still work long hours but make less money, have fewer benefits, without any hope of upward mobility (less manager turnover because there are no managers at this place...so no chance of promotion), and no longer get to work with my fabulous GNE colleagues. I believe the management did what they could to smooth the multiple transitions in our leadership team but in these types of situations, it's usually better to proactively ensure teams are functioning okay. Especially when one of the new managers is a first time FLM - extra check-ins with the group can help ease concerns about shifting priorities, esp during very busy forecast cycles. Again, nothing is perfect and having a few years to retrospectively analyze this has convinced me that management did what it could.

    Prospective Employees: If you have the chance to work at GNE, make the most of it - this is a place you can learn, grow, and develop towards any biotech career path you want. No company or job is perfect but there are much worse places to work, without the mission or resources of GNE. I really regret leaving and would be happy to re-join, if possible. Learn from my mistakes. ;-)


  2. "Enjoyable Three Months"

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    Former Employee - Summer Intern in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Genentech provided me with a lot of opportunities in their internship program and I enjoyed taking advantage of networking.

    Cons

    My role changed before being an intern and continued to evolve, which was difficult sometimes.

  3. "Great culture, excellent benefits"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits including a competitive base salary, health care plans, paid vacation, on-site gym, transportation facilities across the bay area

    Cons

    Very competitive to get in.


  4. "good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    lots of pros and benefits

    Cons

    not alot of upward mobility


  5. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    GNE is a great place to work. They truly care about following the science and are very innovative. The culture is also great

    Cons

    Can't think of any besides the fact that it is generally expensive to live in the bay area


  6. "Senior bio processing technician"

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    Former Employee - Senior Bio Processing Technician in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Bio Processing Technician in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment and campus, room for growth.

    Cons

    I don’t have a bad thought about the company.


  7. "OK place"

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    good benefit and nice colleagues

    Cons

    Not much career growth for most staff

  8. "lots of churn and ongoing cuts"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    - work-life balance is great
    - 401(k) match is above average
    - internal training is generally high-quality
    - on-campus facilities like gym and health clinic are excellent
    - solid business performance

    Cons

    - the company is attempting to adopt Agile but decision-making culture does not support the basic tenets of Agile
    - silos are entrenched
    - new politics are emerging as new blockbusters take hold
    - ongoing cuts with no end in sight are hurting morale and causing the highest performers to leave
    - IT is underfunded and understaffed, projects that need their support get poor quality output
    - upward mobility is severely limited

    Advice to Management

    Agile doesn't fix the ongoing inability to accept risk and make decisions. You need more fundamental change than that. The ongoing cuts, especially to teams that have already been cut, is draining. Your IT organization is not treated well and quality suffers as a result.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - QA Specialist in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - QA Specialist in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really good pay - I was able to own a house working 32 hours per week.
    Excellent reliable collaborative and fun coworkers.
    Middle management seems to care about the groups reporting to them.

    Cons

    Depending on which group you are in, you may not have job stability as Roche, the parent company, is currently reorganizing and eliminating positions.


  10. "Senior Maintenance Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Senior Maintenance Supervisor in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Maintenance Supervisor in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules, Lots of commuter's benefits, decent bonus structure/LTI, excellent career support services (Resumes, interviewing, etc), Awesome Employee Center (The Hub)

    Cons

    Health Benefits below average (thanks to Obamacare mainly)

    Advice to Management

    Solicit more feedback from frontline managers, make it safe for them to speak up.