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Updated September 22, 2018
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Pros
  • "Good work life balance compared to other large pharma" (in 163 reviews)

  • "Great benefits(Medical & Compensation)" (in 202 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance can be an issue sometimes" (in 105 reviews)

  • "Hard to convert from intern to full-time position" (in 85 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (12)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 to work for."

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

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits and work life balance

    Cons

    Requires only special qualification and experience to be hired.

  3. "IT analyst"

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in South San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexibility in work life balance

    Cons

    Cost of living in the area


  4. "Giving back is engrained in the culture of Genentech"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Business Operations Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Business Operations Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Saving lives with great medicines, opportunities to learn, Culture, People, Giving back, Work Life Balance, Autonomy

    Cons

    Risk averse, Big company issues, Slow decision making

    Advice to Management

    Provide opportunities for employees to grow, rotate, change jobs to keep the mind fresh


  5. "GRED"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CTL
    Former Employee - CTL

    I worked at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Amazing healthcare and Rx coverage; remote work from home once a week; little travel; good food

    Cons

    Long hours/work weekends sometimes; clicks; hard to move up in clinic ops; MDs are not very experienced in clinical trials

    Advice to Management

    Stop kissing butt to move up


  6. "Global Clinical Trial Leader"

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

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues, manager support, and study variety

    Cons

    Promotion freezes can last 1-3 years


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Big Changes Continues"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, great work, Work life balance good. Pay good

    Cons

    Management started to not be so transparent.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to speak up and tell your peers and direct reports where things are really at. This is how people help people.

  8. "Statistical programming analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome working environment, competitive benefits including great gym, free shuttle, very good 401k matching, competitive pay across other similar company/group

    Cons

    Lots of senior managers that don't work on things, and promotion opportunity is slim due to that.


  9. "Love it here"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Specialist II
    Current Employee - Systems Specialist II
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work and benefits.

    Cons

    None to speak of


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Case Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Case Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Case Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company, good benefits, company cares about it's employees;

    Cons

    It has steadily declined since the Roche merger in 2009


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