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Updated March 22, 2019
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Forever Thankful for Genentech"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Specialist in Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Specialist in Fresno, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Manager
    Cares about its people
    Wonderful culture
    Very good compensation. Rewards success.
    Great place to work.

    Cons

    The old Genentech culture was awesome! After the Roche takeover, the culture gradually shifted to a more traditional Pharma culture. I was lucky enough to experience the old Genentech.
    However, This company treated me so well over the years that I have nothing negative to report.


  2. "5 YEARS NOW AND STILL THE BEST"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Specialist
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Specialist

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Culture, pay, helping patients each day. Easy to talk to Senior Leadership, they want to listen to you.

    Cons

    Company is based in SanFransico, tough to relocate

  3. "I am home."

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

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

    Pros

    You get to be at your best serving patients while you are living your life fulfilled.

    Cons

    Keep working hard. You just have to.

    Advice to Management

    There maybe road blocks ahead but with great minds and big hearts for the patients and the entire employees of Genentech, we will surpass it. Sky is the limit!


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good company, but no longer the college feel it used to be"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - MFG Tech Specialist
    Current Employee - MFG Tech Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Great company, with the caveat, in the right departments. Some managers are good.

    Cons

    Some 'program managers' are not provided training on how to be a people manage because they have no direct reports. Some of these individuals are allowed to skirt regulations because of this.
    Because of LPS, many positions are now single-sourced and there is no longer any back up for that position which means, no off-time.

    Advice to Management

    Train and develop management and individual contributors for the their current positions and the future. Do not be afraid to do the right thing, even if that means cutting the head off of some programs.


  5. "Still Happy After All These Years"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director
    Current Employee - Senior Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture of doing right by patients and following the science continues to drive the company. More than anywhere else I've ever worked (25+ yrs in industry, 35 years working in corporations), Genentech "walks their talk." I am grateful every day that I get the opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of patients and their loved ones, do interesting and challenging work, with the added benefit of supporting my own family. Leadership works hard to maintain transparency, invites open communication, and is committed to continuous improvement. Employees are awesome, smart, driven and working there for the right reasons.

    Cons

    The current state of change has been stressful for many. There is some confusion impacting our ability to focus. I am confident that this will diminish as we better incorporate our new, intensified focus on patients and customers.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Benefits and Upward Mobility"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Genentech definitely provides great benefits and makes employees want to stay at the company. I believe that Genentech is headed in the right direction and it's great to be a part of it.

    Cons

    There is nothing at the moment


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Reimbursement Manager
    Former Employee - Field Reimbursement Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary was very competitive. Worked there for almost 19 years

    Cons

    Has grown so much in the last 10 years that is doesn’t even resemble the old Genentech.

    Advice to Management

    Do every you can to keep veteran employees. It takes years to train someone and experience is very valuable.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good company but slowly declining"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Meaningful work
    Good people
    Lots of opportunities
    Benefits

    Cons

    Changes in upper management and expiring patents have lead to layoffs. Also a lot of departments have “cliques” which I wasn’t a fan of. People who do their job well and go above and beyond should be recognized regardless if they’re in the clique or not.


  9. "Overall positive"

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    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Overall positive experience. Interns get to use the gym and ride the genentech bus.

    Cons

    Internship lacks structure . It would be nice to have more guidance for career development.


  10. "Great Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President - Senior Project Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President - Senior Project Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, benefits, great products

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, decision making, cost controls

    Advice to Management

    Streamline decision making