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Updated November 15, 2018
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  • "Work life balance can be an issue sometimes" (in 105 reviews)

  • "Hard to convert from intern to full-time position" (in 84 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (14)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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. "Great work culture"

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

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Great work life balance, strive towards people development (lateral growth)

    Cons

    Can be challenging to move up the ladder

  3. "Genentech is a great place to work."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent products, salary, & benefits. Ongoing educational and development opportunities.

    Cons

    Per colleagues, it is easier to obtain an outside position versus a new internal opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    Model trust, collaboration, and freedom to speak up. There is fear and uncertainty in the field.


  4. "Great purpose-driven company"

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    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

    ~Focus on the patient
    ~Focus on innovation
    ~Meaningful work
    ~Great Culture and Great Benefits

    Cons

    ~Complex company
    ~Senior leadership
    ~Expensive cost of living

    Advice to Management

    ~Stay focused on the individual employee, there are a lot of development opportunities for employees in their current roles and the help of the manager is needed.


  5. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Highly capable professionals and leadership

    Cons

    None that I can think of


  6. "Genentech"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    good company to do research

    Cons

    Increasing size with more process


  7. "Clinical Specialist"

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

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and pay with a fun, casual culture!

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for advancement when field based

  8. "I was at Genentech for almost 12 years. It was a great company to be part of."

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

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

    Pros

    Wonderful people, amazing health benefits, sabbatical, competitive comp and salary, ability to be autonomous, and a lot of flexibility.

    Cons

    Lots of changes happening within the organization. As a result, a lot of people have been let go.

    Advice to Management

    Leaders should be more authentic and not feel as though they must conform to what a leader “should look like” according to corporate norms. I’m sure this is a lot easier said than done but I know it can happen bc I’ve seen it in a couple of senior leaders.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Great people and culture and good benefits

    Cons

    Currently downsizing so limited opportunities


  10. "Genentech Legal Department"

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    Current Employee - Senior Legal Counsel in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Legal Counsel in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Legal Department is highly regarded by business leaders. The legal work is interesting, and attorneys and staff are given a lot of responsibility and support. The resources available to do your work are amazing, including a dedicated IT support, dedicated team of searchers for patent and business publications and information, access to outside counsel. Plus the culture is very diverse and welcoming. The company as a whole is great and you really feel like you’re part of the mission to help bring needed medicines to patients.

    Cons

    Commute to work can be long because of Bay Area traffic, but company provides shuttle buses and even ferry boats, Plus very accommodating of flexible work hours and remote working.


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