Genentech Reviews

Updated May 12, 2021

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Genentech Chief Executive Officer Alexander Hardy
Alexander Hardy
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  • "Great Benefits, Amazing support from management(in 264 reviews)

  • "There are great benefits and work life balance(in 227 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "work life balance can be difficult at times especially during this pandemic(in 119 reviews)

  • "Consensus decision making can impair speed and innovation(in 72 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great Work Culture

      May 12, 2021 - Bioprocess Technician in South San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      -Great company culture -Diversity -Benefits -Friendly atmosphere -Nice campus

      Cons

      -Hard to think independently -Transparency about job promotions

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Amazing colleagues, great culture, and important mission

      Apr 27, 2021 - Senior Manager in South San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      Very supportive, creative, smart colleagues. Supportive culture. Excellent campus and work spaces. Lots of opportunity for learning and to take your ideas forward.

      Cons

      So much transformation and change all the time. Leaders are rethinking how to lead (from hierarchy to networked and empowered teams) and so it's a bit bumpy at the moment with teams feeling a lack of clear tactical direction from leaders. The vision, ambition and mission are there, but how to get there, teams are relearning how to do this. Career advancement is quite challenging. You can take on lots of different opportunities and experiences, even at the next level, but the HR mechanisms for recognizing and compensating this still hasn't caught up yet, very hierarchical still in terms of needing to be promoted or interview to advance.

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Excellent Company

      May 11, 2021 - Senior Patent Agent in Tulsa, OK
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Colleagues are brilliant. driven, and dedicated to our mission. The science is world-class, the work is interesting, compensation and benefits are excellent. Very good work-life balance. The walk the talk when it comes to D&!.

      Cons

      Can be overly bureaucratic . Advancement opportunities for some positions are rare. Few remote work options for corporate employees. There is a degree of elitism amongst employees.

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    4. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Used to be a great company

      May 7, 2021 - Maintenance Mechanic 
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      Pros

      Really personally gratifying to help make medicines that change lives. Coworkers are great and the campus is beautiful. Used to get parties and concerts but all that has gone away in the last 18 months.

      Cons

      Pay not competitive. Jobs are complicated and take a long time to learn. Current cost saving initiatives have destroyed the site and efficiency. Job scope is so large it’s impossible to maintain proficiency in an incredibly complex industry. Upper management out of touch with reports.

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Great opportunities to develop and grow

      May 11, 2021 - Project Manager in San Jose, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Amazing culture - Good work life balance - Intelligent, hard working, respectful and fun colleagues

      Cons

      Like any large company, there can sometimes be silos that slow things down, but lots of great minds working together to solve these types of issues.

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      IT manager Role

      May 11, 2021 - Senior IT Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great company, great peers and work values

      Cons

      Load management at times can be overbearing

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Genentech Research Associate

      May 10, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      You’re given any resource required to execute your project

      Cons

      Workload can be excessive at times

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Great place to be a postdoc

      Apr 8, 2021 - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Antonio, TX
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      Pros

      Great salary (relative to academia), benefits (401K match, health care, company bus, social events) and inclusive academic-like working environment make Genentech a great place to do your postdoc. You will be pushed to publish and will be in a solid position to make the step back to academia afterward if you so wish. Atmosphere on campus is similar to an academic institution with lots of invited seminars from top external academic scientists and a focus on basic science.

      Cons

      Sometimes it can feel like postdoc programs can get overlooked relative to the pipeline but it's all relative as the resources and financing available for your project far exceeds the average in academia.

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Good Leadership

      Feb 6, 2021 - Senior Manager 
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      Pros

      The CEO is both a fantastic leader and person, which comes through in how the org is run. Senior leaders are all great too. Genuine concern for the well-being of employees and patients are at the center of all decisions. Some of the best mid level managers I’ve encountered (but definitely some bad apples). They are big on flowing talent to new roles and rotations so lots of opportunities to expand your skills or work on different projects. Pay and benefits are all very good, flexible working options, people are generally very easy to get along with. Very strong support for diversity and inclusion efforts.

      Cons

      They tend not to get rid of bad managers, just move them to new roles. The type of manager you have is usually the difference between loving and hating your job, so it can be a problem. The company is decentralized, which is great for fueling innovation, but has made for some siloing.

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great industrial postdoc experience

      May 6, 2021 - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      High pay, great scientific atmosphere, exposure to industry and basic research

      Cons

      May be better off going straight for scientist positions in industry

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