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Updated January 19, 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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    • 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 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

  3. "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.


  4. 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.


  5. "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.


  6. "It is getting old and slow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    benefit, work life balance, flexible work time

    Cons

    people are old and slow


  7. "On the decline"

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is solid, the folks in the lab doing the work are some of the best in the industry

    Cons

    A bloated middle management class has created an endless array of silos, committees, and processes that have significantly hindered any innovation, good decision-making, speed, or risk taking. The company has a severe aversion to any risk. Career development is almost non-existent unless you're a director's golden child. The only attributes that the middle management class seem to acknowledge is ambition and obsequiousness. Morale and energy are extremely low.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of most of the middle managers, dismantle all the silos and most of the processes, and look at a person's technical and management skill and achievements when promoting and not just how firmly affixed they are to your backside.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Best job I've ever had"

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientific Researcher in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Scientific Researcher in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Genentech full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Brightest, most passionate people I've ever worked with. Wonderful culture. Freedom and autonomy to explore and pursue novel ideas; academic-like in culture.

    Cons

    Career development and advancement opportunities are generously provided for Scientist-and-above-level employees, but not as much for Scientific-Researcher-level employees. It's kind of as if Scientific-Researcher-level employees are second class citizens. For example, average promotion cycles might range from 3-6 years for Scientist-and-above-level employees, while being kept at 6-14 years (or never) for Scientific-Researcher-level employees. I only left because I became totally stuck, siloed and stifled in my role. I needed to learn and grow. Management is trying to make changes in this area, but it has taken a long time for such changes to materialize.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the academic-like culture and continue fostering an environment of autonomy and creativity. Continue trying to improve / provide growth opportunities for all levels, not only Scientist-levels, of employees. Focus on servant leadership and/or contemporary leadership styles; teach managers what these mean.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing Analytics and Sciences"

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    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Analyst in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Analyst in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Company really cares about development of its employees
    - Lots of resources for personal development
    - Great work life balance
    - Meaningful impact at the company level

    Cons

    - Company is too fat and it takes far too long to implement anything
    - Its all about talk and little substance
    - Plenty of bureaucracy and red-tape

    Advice to Management

    - Trim the fat
    - Reward people for getting things done and not just talking


  10. "Contract Logistics Coordinator"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Perks: stocks, benefits, gym, loaction

    Cons

    managers, politics, change in culture since roche