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Updated November 15, 2017
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  • Work-life balance is not always easy because most jobs require long hours (in 97 reviews)

  • Very small chance to convert to Regular Full time (in 71 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (13)

    "Great place to work"

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    • 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. "Genentech Product Manufacturing"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    company purpose and mission, employees, pay & benefits

    Cons

    big, slow and losing loads of US talent to competitors a lot since Swiss takeover

  3. "Operational Excellence Lead"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    - Great Benefits and work life balance

    Cons

    - poor leadership, vision and mission. Not effective in selecting goals

    Advice to Management

    - Be more trasperent


  4. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Awesome company that really valued its employees

    Cons

    SO pollitical...managers do whatever it takes to make sure their reps get promotions


  5. "Oncology"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Great People, World Class Innovation, Great Benefits,

    Cons

    -You must fit a mold if you are going into sales. If you think outside of the box and want to go into sales, you will be better off somewhere else.
    - Sometimes Arrogance gets in the way of effectively deploying strategies.


  6. "GPTW, little career advancement opportunity for recent grads"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ORDP Analyst in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - ORDP Analyst in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Genentech full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    GPTW. Great community and amenities like the gym

    Cons

    Not much career opportunities for recent college grads other than contract positions or rotational programs

    Advice to Management

    Will need to work harder on attracting millennial talent and how to leverage data to help Genentech's success


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Clear communications to employees
    Collaborative
    Everyone treats each other with respect
    Great perks, onsite gym, cafeterias have excellent food choices

    Cons

    No real cons to working here

  8. "If only all employers could be like this one"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior 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

    Great people. Great culture. Great benefits. The company really cares about making a difference in people's lives and always puts it's patients first.

    Cons

    Working on a global team (i.e. for Roche) at Genentech can be a little more difficult as SSF is not always keep at the forefront of people's minds.
    Senior management often does try to keep this in mind, however, it can feel like we are just an expensive site.

    Advice to Management

    Work with non-SSF based managers of SSF based employees to help them understand the need to focus on certain leadership commitments such as recognizing a job well done more frequently. Out of sight should not mean out of mind.


  9. "Project Manager"

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

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    The people, compensation, benefits, community ties and culture.

    Cons

    It's extremely expensive to live close to work. Many people commute long distances.

    Advice to Management

    Open satellite offices in other areas.


  10. "Great, people-focused company with inspiring mission"

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    Current Employee - Enterprise Architect in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Enterprise Architect in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits! Focus on work-life balance is outstanding, especially given the lifestyle in the Bay Area (commute, child care, etc.). Global company provides plenty of opportunities to work abroad. Plenty of long-time employees with low attrition, keeps the culture intact. It also says a lot that employees tend to stay a long time at Genentech.

    Cons

    Global company means slower decision making. Many stakeholders to consult before a major decision is taken. Very early hours due to international colleagues in Europe and/or Asia. Depending on your job family, career progression may be slow.

    Advice to Management

    Keep local culture with global view in mind. Re-emphasize pushing decision making at the lowest level possible and empower them. Keep agility and continuous innovation in our culture in all aspects of our work.


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