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Updated February 15, 2018
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Pros
  • It is wonderful company to work for with good work/life balance (in 148 reviews)

  • Great products & great benefits (in 188 reviews)

Cons
  • You will work hard and it is up to you to find the right work life balance by being very effective with your time (in 99 reviews)

  • Hard to convert from intern to full-time position (in 75 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (20)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility in working hours and working from home, employee focus, good benefits, nice people with a good pipeline. It is work hard and party hard atmosphere

    Cons

    Flat structure, no proper pathway to move to next level, many processes to follow, one tends to get lost in the process requirements that becomes convoluted every year

    Genentech Response

    Jun 21, 2017 – Account Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We are delighted to hear that you value the efforts we have put toward creating an environment where everyone at Genentech can thrive! As you... More


  2. "QC Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Great company with amazingly intelligent people! Excellent work environment and overall great place to work and develop your career.

    Cons

    Hard to transition to other departments unless you know someone.

  3. Helpful (43)

    "Best in the field"

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    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    Strong culture of innovation and inclusion.

    Cons

    Very large (though that is in some ways a positive)

    Genentech Response

    Jan 29, 2018 – Account Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to share your review and for your 8+ years at Genentech! We believe diversity drives innovation, so we're focused on building a culture where difference is valued... More


  4. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    I liked the culture, people,opportunity, and pipeline

    Cons

    communication can be unilateral at times


  5. "Good employer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management Associate
    Current Employee - Management Associate
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Lots of learning opportunities for self-development
    Great team camaraderie, culture
    Great benefits
    Transparent communication from Executives

    Cons

    Most support service is outsourced
    Parking
    Inefficient or duplicate systems

    Advice to Management

    Genentech is a very special place to work due to your efforts. Please hold on to that something special that is Genentech culture.


  6. "Great benefits"

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    Current Employee - Data Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Everything was there great and nice

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of


  7. "Great Company Needs More Opportunity"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ORDP Analyst in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - ORDP Analyst in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good benefits
    - Salary a little lower than average
    - Great people and company culture
    - Work-life integration

    Cons

    - Lack of opportunity and growth within the company

  8. "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. ;-)


  9. "Terrific place to work. Great work life balance and respectful culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Respectful culture. Patient focused mission

    Cons

    Consensus driven culture -> slow to change. Inefficient work processes.

    Advice to Management

    Need to move faster and be more pragmatic, and less perfectionist


  10. "a company you can be proud of"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    An authentic and Patient-centric mission
    It is a really employee-friendly company, it pays well, and Field teams are recognized. Tons of perks like Give Back week and concert and the off-sites.
    Truly great people that are fun to work with. Excellent patient speakers!

    Cons

    Some senior leaders use meetings as a platform to give their political views to a captive audience. I like the authenticity but not the way other view points are critiqued. Self awareness is important - think how you would feel if your all-Republican leadership team continually criticized the Democratic party, president and voters.

    Advice to Management

    Advocate for Genentech's culture of innovation. Keep strengthening field collaboration. Help Roche integrate with our culture instead of changing it.


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