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Updated March 6, 2017
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  • Work life balance is encouraged in departments that I've interacted with (in 118 reviews)

  • Awesome company with great benefits (in 159 reviews)

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  1. "Bioprocess Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Genentech as a contractor

    Pros

    Encourage a supportive culture for their employees.

    Cons

    Abuse contract workers, without bad pay and benefits.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Contractor Plug and Chug"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    An incredible campus ; in that every building is up to date with latest technology . The cafes have above average food ; there is a gym.. now contractors can use the g bus

    Cons

    Working in External Quality is a con because it's very isolated . Projects can be rewarding in that your in charge of them however all senior managers usually travel and audit the sites that you would be doing all the QA work for. There is no recognition at all in fact there was a lot of cussing and unprofessional behavior and a lot of employees trying to transfer out . At one point the senior manager hired another employee who had no idea how to even operate they're computer or complete a thorough technical and timely review of documents . Oddly enough we were assigned to carrying her weight as well
    As our own. Of course nobody was hire. External quality never hires just picks from the contractor pool

    Advice to Management

    Hire someone you can easily afford QA reviewers or give the bulk to the senior managers who take credit for the work anyway


  3. "Poor Management and Lack of Communication Among Employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Contractor - Finance Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Finance Manager in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    This gym actually had (key word) a lot of great equipment for free for regular employees and for $40 for contractors (which is a really good price):
    -basketball courts
    -a bunch of free classes
    -3 squat racks
    -2 bench racks
    -oly platform and bumpers

    Cons

    Since moving to the new gym, they nixed their oly platform/bumpers and a rack, citing that it makes too much sound in the new gym due to the acoustics; the floors are meant to withstand a lot of weight/punishment, yet the sound is the reason you can't use the platform.. You can no longer deadlift from the floor as well.

    Along with what's mentioned above, the lack of communication among the employees/staff is frustrating to deal with. Others in addition to myself have asked different questions only to receive an "I don't know" many times. Very little effort is made by the employees to find a resolution to the question. Equipment would sometimes be removed/relocated/discontinued without any sort of announcement, and when an employee is asked if they know, they would respond with "I have no idea". Often only 1/2 people know the actual answer, yet are not available for the most part of the gym hours. They arrive only to teach classes, resulting in gym goers waiting to just get a simple question answered. Additionally, many of the trainers will teach their clients false/misleading things in the gym. These would include improper technique/form for lifting, giving false advice about diet/nutrition/weight loss, and putting too much weight on the bar for the client to handle with good form just for the sake of pleasing the client. I understand the intent is good, but I think they should be better educated before training these clients.

    Advice to Management

    Please have more transparency when it comes to knowledge about the various areas of the gym, so employees will have the knowledge to answer questions from gym goers. Additionally, please educate some of the trainers as they teach misleading principles/concepts of training/nutrition to their clients and sometimes even tell them something that is outright wrong. Fitness is about empowering others with the knowledge and skills to be a healthier and more active individual.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "This company is unique"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Innovative drugs, lots of resources, good benefits and pay, concerts, gifts, Apple technical devices rather than Windows computers. Excellent pipeline.

    Cons

    One's experience is highly variable depending on your job, whether you are a contract employee and your manager. Employee concerns not always taken seriously.

    Advice to Management

    Implicit bias training is needed for everyone.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Don't do it"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technician in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Technician in South San Francisco, CA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Genentech full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great springboard for finding a new job. I have nothing else to say. Glassdoor sucks for making me write more. Blah blah blah blah blah

    Cons

    Nothing good for a manufacturing tech. Feels like a sweat shop. The coworkers are a bunch of disillusioned college grads who have never had a job and live at home with their parents. Largely white and asians

    Advice to Management

    Stop being fake and greedy


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Intake Coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intake Coordinator in Union City, CA
    Former Employee - Intake Coordinator in Union City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Genentech (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing atmosphere to work with! A lot of OT hours!

    Cons

    The competitive comparison with other employees.

    Advice to Management

    Please smile.


  8. Helpful (5)

    "It's a toxic environment where careers die"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Validation Engineer in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Validation Engineer in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Genentech (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A position at Genenetech pays pretty well.

    Cons

    Genentech and other bay area based biotech firms carry a reputation of being discriminatory and harassing toward women and older employees. To top it off, now that they are owned by Roche, there's a chance Roche-based (foreign, German) employees wind up being in project management positions in which they resort to old school yelling. It is such a wasteful company, there are so many upper executive level people and headquarters located in Switzerland that seem to contribute to nothing except too many odd hour tele-video meetings and higher drug prices with their salaries...if Genentech/Roche would force those people out instead of older employees wanting to wait a couple of years before retirement they would cut costs and probably get the drugs out quicker.

    What is even funny, you would think working for a bio-pharmacy-medical company you would get free healthcare with all the money they make, but you do not. Their cheapest, base level HMO is more expensive than Intel's, a CPU company (which is free, i.e. nothing comes out of your paycheck for that plan...this is true for at least the Portland metro area in which Genentech and Intel have a significant presence in Hillsboro). Maybe if they would get rid of all the waste and upper level management that don't seem to do much except look out for themselves they'd be able to afford at least a free HMO healthcare to all employees.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Don't be a Contractor in Access Solutions"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Genentech as a contractor

    Pros

    Not much, to be honest. The only possible benefit is just having the name of the company on your resume.

    Cons

    As a contractor, full-time employees and supervisors will always look down on you and treat you as a subordinate. In my experience, if you made even the simplest mistake, which was inevitable as an Intake Coordinator where you're dealing with 100+ applications per day, supervisors will talk to you like you're incompetent.

    Advice to Management

    Contractors already get the short end of the stick: work on holidays and no benefits. There's no need to treat them like they're incompetent and create tensions between intake coordinators and case managers.


  10. "Abused Accountant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Associate Accountant in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Accountant in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Genentech (More than a year)

    Pros

    Not a good place for contractors

    Cons

    Never include contractors to any events

    Advice to Management

    Be fair to all employees


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Quality"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits Bus Shuttle Food
    Coffee Location

    Cons

    Bad Management
    HR is not for the employees

    Advice to Management

    Get good Managers-unexperienced



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