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Updated February 22, 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. "Great company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  2. "Good culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  3. "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.


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  5. "Process engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Genentech as a contractor

    Pros

    Nice people to work with and advanced technology to work on

    Cons

    Limited visibility in certain areas as a contractor


  6. "Genentech South San Francisco- External Operations"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Director 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

    High energy culture; strong diversity; beautiful campus and location.

    Cons

    Roche influence slowly constraining dynamic atmosphere; cost control actions being initiated

    Advice to Management

    Continue to build on an innovative atmosphere while creating processes and systems that are more aligned with Roche best practices


  7. "Principal Specialist I"

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    • 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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work... for a regular."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Great work culture with intelligent peers puts you in a position to succeed if you can apply yourself to take advantage.

    No micromanaging; plenty of freedom to plan your own work.

    Top tier benefits and perks.

    Cons

    Each department is different can get pretty ugly fast. Competition for contractors is tough and can get political.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more knowledagble and deserving contractors as regulars instead of gambling and hiring from outside.


  9. "BI Architect & BA"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Competitive Bio tech products in the market that keeps the company at the top position. Working at Genentech is an honor in the community.

    Cons

    Predicting more lay -offs after merger and acquisition.


  10. "Development"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Logistics in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Logistics in Hillsboro, OR
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are possible opportunities company wide

    Cons

    No current opportunities at all sites.

    Advice to Management

    Develop people, invest in your employees.


  11. "Great place to work at!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    The people I work with are great and very inspiring. They always come to work energized and ready to tackle the tasks of the day!

    Cons

    The job can get very repetitive if you are someone who does not like to work with the same daily tasks.



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