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Updated July 19, 2018
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Pros
  • "It is wonderful company to work for with good work/life balance" (in 155 reviews)

  • "Great benefits(Medical & Compensation)" (in 198 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 101 reviews)

  • "Hard to convert from intern to full-time position" (in 79 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "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. "Genentech"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - MBA Inter in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - MBA Inter in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Good environment and team. Value employees

    Cons

    Big organization, communication is long and complicated

  3. "Great Place to Work, Great Company Culture!"

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    Current Employee - Device Engineer in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Device Engineer in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    • High caliber of work; dedicated, competent employees
    • Great facilities and laboratories
    • Fantastic company culture, promotes inclusion, diversity, wellness
    • Excellent benefits
    • Great transportation and carpool options

    Cons

    No cons at this time

    Advice to Management

    Continue to encourage wellness and engagement with employees to retain long-term employees, promote productivity and collaboration, and foster employee happiness.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Commercial"

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

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

    Pros

    -Great products and pipeline
    -Competitive pay and benefits
    -Really smart people
    -Good work/life balance overall, but depends on the specific group
    -Development focus (although uncertain if this will still be true with all the org changes)

    Cons

    I question senior leadership's decision-making for how to restructure and who to displace. Genentech is losing a lot of great talent in the process. The major reorg means significant uncertainty and chaos to be expected for the next year or 2 as the organization figures out how to work together.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in future talent and work on retaining good people.


  5. "The best well-rounded internship program!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Workplace culture, support, benefits, work/life balance, and community.

    Cons

    There are no foreseeable cons.


  6. "Great experience but too many politics to succeed organically- you need to know the right people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people who are fun to be around

    Cons

    Seniority is very king and knowing the right people is most important.


  7. "Decent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great work environment, culture, work.

    Cons

    Lots of contractor workers. Low profit for job duties.

    Advice to Management

    No advice to management.

  8. "Commercial Operations"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, collegial atmosphere, truly helping patients, flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Bonus structure similar for those who meet expectations vs those who exceed expectations. Stagnate stock price.

    Advice to Management

    Reward those who excel in their positions.


  9. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Great environment, nice people to work with

    Cons

    Living expanse is too high


  10. "Why leave a company with such an amazing organizational culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - TR-Analyst in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - TR-Analyst in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -A company that values patients and employees as their number one priority!
    -Teammates who support your professional growth
    -Managers who are dedicated to your career growth and development
    -I love coming in to work and creating an environment that employees feel valued and want to work
    -Total reward packages is one of the best, market priced, valuable and fair
    -HR is full on-board on catering to employees to enjoy a healthy work/life balance

    Cons

    -Commuting, but this comes with working in the Bay Area. Needless to say, Genentech provides all types of commuting relief, public transportation reimbursement, buses that drop/pick you up near your town, a ferry that crosses the Bay Area.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing the envelope of innovation to keep this company a place employees enjoy coming to work.


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