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Updated February 21, 2018
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Pros
  • It is wonderful company to work for with good work/life balance (in 148 reviews)

  • Great products & great benefits (in 189 reviews)

Cons
  • You will work hard and it is up to you to find the right work life balance by being very effective with your time (in 99 reviews)

  • Hard to convert from intern to full-time position (in 75 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

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

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    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 Benefits!"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - the new gym is amazing!
    - the people (most) are brilliant and nice
    - products you'll be proud of! We're saving lives for gosh sakes

    Cons

    - change is inconvenient, even when it's for the better. And things are ALWAYS changing around here
    - decisions require alot of consensus. too many cooks in the kitchen
    - lots of meetings

  3. Helpful (43)

    "Best in the field"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong culture of innovation and inclusion.

    Cons

    Very large (though that is in some ways a positive)

    Genentech Response

    Jan 29, 2018 – Account Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to share your review and for your 8+ years at Genentech! We believe diversity drives innovation, so we're focused on building a culture where difference is valued... More


  4. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    I liked the culture, people,opportunity, and pipeline

    Cons

    communication can be unilateral at times


  5. "Great benefits"

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    Current Employee - Data Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Everything was there great and nice

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of


  6. "Good employer"

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    Current Employee - Management Associate
    Current Employee - Management Associate
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Lots of learning opportunities for self-development
    Great team camaraderie, culture
    Great benefits
    Transparent communication from Executives

    Cons

    Most support service is outsourced
    Parking
    Inefficient or duplicate systems

    Advice to Management

    Genentech is a very special place to work due to your efforts. Please hold on to that something special that is Genentech culture.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "a company you can be proud of"

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    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    An authentic and Patient-centric mission
    It is a really employee-friendly company, it pays well, and Field teams are recognized. Tons of perks like Give Back week and concert and the off-sites.
    Truly great people that are fun to work with. Excellent patient speakers!

    Cons

    Some senior leaders use meetings as a platform to give their political views to a captive audience. I like the authenticity but not the way other view points are critiqued. Self awareness is important - think how you would feel if your all-Republican leadership team continually criticized the Democratic party, president and voters.

    Advice to Management

    Advocate for Genentech's culture of innovation. Keep strengthening field collaboration. Help Roche integrate with our culture instead of changing it.

  8. "Evolving company culture"

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    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    True calling to change patients lives and the healthcare industry. Very smart employees who for the most part are humble and savvy. Global integration with Roche enables large scale projects and missions. Ability to work remotely and travel to various continents based upon project/work assignments.

    Cons

    Leaner budget for employee perks and benefits annually over the course of the Roche acquisition. Bottom line figures come to finance and not proportionate to employee well-being. Do more with less became the motto and senior management had no compromise or alternatives. A trend of utilizing talent in lesser salaried countries to work with those in the US became a factor of slower progress and various collaboration hurdles.

    They emphasize that you own your own career and path but when management distributes over capacity assignments, it's a clear indication your career growth will likely be stunted.

    Company culture has changed over the years, major attribute is that many senior employees from management to individual contributors have exited, thus externals have been hired to fill the void and only guess how the company culture is envisioned. With competitive organizations located within the Silicon Valley replicating the culture, it is difficult to retain employees unless you are specifically in the R&D departments.

    Advice to Management

    Refocus energy on your internal staff and the strides they make to accomplish what many organizations cannot even fathom.


  9. "Genentech is fading away... Roche is taking over"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    The sense of community is great

    Cons

    Upper management is tone deaf - replacing long term Genentech managers with Roche ones. The Genentech culture is disappearing.

    Advice to Management

    Words are good, actions are better...


  10. "Great Company Needs More Opportunity"

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    Current Employee - ORDP Analyst in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - ORDP Analyst in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good benefits
    - Salary a little lower than average
    - Great people and company culture
    - Work-life integration

    Cons

    - Lack of opportunity and growth within the company


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