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Updated February 25, 2017
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  • Work life balance is encouraged in departments that I've interacted with (in 116 reviews)

  • Awesome company with great benefits (in 158 reviews)

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  1. "Lives its mission!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Amazing mission, strong values, excellent employee value proposition, work environment and culture

    Cons

    Can be bureaucratic at times, slow decision making, can be too conservative and seek consensus vs. being bold

    Advice to Management

    Spend a lot of time listening during 1st three months in role


  2. "Lots of opportunity to grow and learn everyday"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director Finance in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director Finance in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Deep commitment to science and patients which serves as the lifeblood of the company's mission and values. Great people to work with in a team based environment.

    Cons

    Complex environment- new hires can find it hard to navigate and understand the many different departments as part of an affiliate of Roche. Communication not always transparent.

    Advice to Management

    Get closer to employees..they need to hear your voice


  3. "Project Coordinator"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Serving patients and making a difference in lives

    Cons

    challenging for promotions, hard to get exposure

    Advice to Management

    be more involved to direct reports achievements


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    "Genentech employee"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Group Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Group 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

    Great transparent leadership and culture

    Cons

    None really that I can think of


  6. "Genentech-Rpoche"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great minds, great work culture, great collaborations!

    Cons

    None that I know of


  7. "Great company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and great teams

    Cons

    Can be stressful and easy to burnout

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your top performers and try and provide appropriate resourcing


  8. "Good culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, collaborative culture, top notch talent

    Cons

    Conservative hiring practices, too much judgment/intuition, not enough discipline/objectivity when making decisions

    Advice to Management

    Start to look at low-margin, high volume business case studies so that the company is prepared to optimize business effectively


  9. "Improvement Needed"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent 401k, commuting options, gym facility, and cafeterias. Work life balance is encouraged in departments that I've interacted with. Highly appreciate that safety culture is respected and enforced properly.

    Cons

    Favoritism is insanely blatant in the small molecule organization. External resources/designated time to work on publications are only given to those considered as favorites. People who are not favorites ALWAYS leave after a promotion if they are lucky enough to receive one. Trickle down effect applies to this issue as well. If your manager is not a favorite, expect to leave if you want true career progression/acceleration.

    Pay for the SR level is not competitive at all with other professions in the Bay Area thereby forcing those within the career track to live in East Bay if they want to own a home/raise a family. Leadership repeatedly says they are addressing the challenge but have offered no real propositions/progress on the problem in the last 2 years.

    Experience is valued over everything else yet the company is not investing nearly enough in retaining employees. Employees pick up on this disconnect fast and the organization has been bleeding talent through attrition for quite some time now.

    Advice to Management

    Give people a means to accelerate their development and stop overvaluing years of experience. Current promotion timelines are unacceptable for those trying to afford a < 1 hour commute from work.

    Senior management needs to do a more thorough job at identifying ambitious/talented employees. The annual performance review does not suffice for this purpose and fails to identify/develop high performers before they leave. Distribute publication resources and time allocation to work on papers fairly - please do not simply hand these valuables out to those with the longest tenure or those within the directors' favorites circle. The favoritism problem would greatly benefit from a cross review system wherein employees are evaluated by another department's leadership team. Senior leaders/directors from the department under review should be unable to influence the evaluation process of the employees under them.


  10. "Good overall benefits, advancement is difficult"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment, very smart people

    Cons

    Advancement in marketing typically requires an Ivy League degree, or certain personality type


  11. "Principal Specialist I"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Specialist I in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Specialist I in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Bonus, stock, benefits, very tailored training for each job. You are rewarded on how much output you are able to provide the company.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is not always easy because most jobs require long hours.



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