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Updated April 20, 2018
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Pros
  • It is wonderful company to work for with good work/life balance (in 151 reviews)

  • Great benefits, currently transforming, smart people (in 192 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 77 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "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. Helpful (1)

    "Leaving is the biggest regret of my career."

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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

    Innovative technically, socially conscious, great pay and benefits.

    Cons

    In danger of losing identity with growth.

  3. Helpful (44)

    "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. "Sales"

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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

    Pros

    Benefits, Pay, and excellent culture

    Cons

    Too many conference calls and meetings

    Advice to Management

    Free people up to work more


  5. "Sr. Compliance Manager"

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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

    Pros

    Great people and mission to help improve patients' lives. Work/life balance.

    Cons

    A lot of processes that makes work more daunting than it needs to be.


  6. "Co-op Intern"

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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

    Great working environment at Genentech

    Cons

    Too big organization sometimes it's hard to see big picture


  7. "Genentech company review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Good company culture and great scientific environment

    Cons

    Easy to get lost in such a large company

  8. "Good place to work overall"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Good salary and bonuses, family friendly, flexible work hours

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, can get boxed into narrow role, limited advancement unless someone leaves

    Advice to Management

    Create a more diverse pipeline. The current business model of only developing potentially "transformative" medicines is too risky.


  9. "product manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong focus on people development, flexible hours, and great place for working mothers. Many smart co-workers and reasonable transparency for promotions

    Cons

    too many layers of management and hierarchy; a lot of bureaucracy and company politics. Re-org too often.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the great culture of putting people first. Listen more to bottom level employees.


  10. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Everyone is friendly and nice gym.

    Cons

    Not really any opportunity to move up


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