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Updated June 24, 2017
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  • Good Work Life Balance, Growth Opportunities (in 131 reviews)

  • Awesome company with great benefits (in 160 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (5)

    "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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. "Postdoctoral Researcher"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary, environment, benefits, installations, and quality

    Cons

    too many meetings and bureaucratic

    Advice to Management

    n/a

  3. "Study Operations Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing pipeline with opportunity to work on diverse and exciting programs in a range of disease areas.

    Cons

    Job roles are rigidly defined and hard to implement innovation.


  4. "Principal Program Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Strategic Program Leader (Consultant) in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Strategic Program Leader (Consultant) in South San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people, culture and company

    Cons

    Large company with many, similar groups

    Genentech Response

    Jun 21, 2017 – Account Manager

    Thank you for sending us this note! We are very proud of the culture and environment we have at Genentech. We are also very proud of our teams that have subject matter leadership on a diverse array ... More


  5. "Senior Business Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Genentech (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great environment, competitive salaries, benefits.

    Cons

    I can't think of any Cons during my tenure as a contractor/consultant.

    Genentech Response

    May 24, 2017 – Account Manager

    Thank you so very much for your review. We are delighted that after five years with us as a contractor, you came back to share your appreciation of the benefits of being part of the Genentech team ... More


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. QC Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior QC Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior QC Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very good benefit to employee.

    Cons

    Too much politics and favoritism.

    Advice to Management

    Open mind and don't make a circle for the favorites.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Best place (still)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Give back culture, open minded, takes care of their employee (as much as Roche allows them to). People who bakes people are truly their biggest assets.

    Cons

    Solo thinking still exists, yet consensus is common when interacting with German/Swiss colleagues. Some lifers who still complains about change sense the 2009 acquisition.

    Advice to Management

    Women Minority Senior Leaders

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great people - just not for everyone"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Genentech full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Genentech hires great people. People I work with are smart and nice to work with. I believed the "fun" departments are research and development.

    Cons

    A lots of meetings which make productivity challenging.
    Internal promotion is limited. Prefer to hire from outside, which is why we keep losing good talents


  9. "Ghetto (Manufacturing) vs Commercial (Rich Side of Town)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Compliance Training Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Compliance Training Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you work in manufacturing/operations your perks are proximity to the bay, free seltzer water, free rentable bikes, and company sponsored sporting events.

    If you work in Commercial or a global function there are MANY perks both financial and work/life balance.

    Cons

    OPERATIONS/MANUFACTURING: Dysfunctional, duplicitous, and perception weighs heavier than reality. In operations/manufacturing the schedule is too fast, people are overworked, teams are under resourced, and the overall SSF site culture is partial work completion (i.e. 20% completed 80% incomplete). Therefore it is important within this organization to make appearances that everything is o.k. and running smoothly. This tactic tends to combat/deflect blame for chronic problems and recurrent issues.

    GLOBAL OR COMMERCIAL: Loads and loads of politics.

    Advice to Management

    Shift some money from Commercial to Operations. It is not ethical to treat your functions so drastically different. High performers are leaving in droves.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Commerical Compliance Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Commercial Compliane Specialist in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Commercial Compliane Specialist in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Genentech (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company with excellent benefits

    Cons

    Contractor for two years , no pay for company closure days

    Advice to Management

    More incentive for contractors


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