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Updated September 20, 2017
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  • Work-life balance is not always easy because most jobs require long hours (in 94 reviews)

  • Very small chance to convert to Regular Full time (in 64 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (8)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility in working hours and working from home, employee focus, good benefits, nice people with a good pipeline. It is work hard and party hard atmosphere

    Cons

    Flat structure, no proper pathway to move to next level, many processes to follow, one tends to get lost in the process requirements that becomes convoluted every year

    Genentech Response

    Jun 21, 2017 – Account Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We are delighted to hear that you value the efforts we have put toward creating an environment where everyone at Genentech can thrive! As you... More


  2. "recommending gne"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    Culture, values, great smart people, interesting projects, stability,

    Cons

    complex decision making, very hierarchical structure, poor life work balance

  3. "Postdoc"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Genentech full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work culture with amazing in house facilities

    Cons

    Too many department and moving parts


  4. "Good work environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture, Ressources, Rigorous Science, In house expertise

    Cons

    Limited career options, publication based hiring


  5. "PM"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Genentech as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    +Flexibility in work hours and options to work from remote locations.
    +Supportive management in providing needed resources.
    +Company goes to great length and expense to show appreciation for employees and to build good corporate citizenship.

    Cons

    -While it obviously values employees it does not place emphasis on building management team or sharpening leadership skills that actually brings out the best out of their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to bringing in talents that don't come from Bio/Pharma industry.. Outside the science and R&D core talents you need to infuse your workforce with those who can contribute with different views and approaches. You are missing out by insisting on hiring only people who had built the same thing you did while the industry is rapidly changing.


  6. "Manager QA"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - QA Manager in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - QA Manager in Hillsboro, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits. Great pipeline and investment in R&D makes this a reliable to company to work.

    Cons

    Growth opportunities are limited if you don't work in the San Francisco site.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  7. "Great Place To Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Great company mission. Nice facilities. Great company culture. Passionate colleagues. Good communications from company officers.

    Cons

    Budget constraints could start to affect company culture. Salaried employees work a lot.

    Advice to Management

    Keep communicating and keep improving.

  8. "Associate Director"

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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 salaries and benefits. Smart people to work with and for

    Cons

    slow decision makers. A bit arrogant as a company and not as customer focused as they could be

    Advice to Management

    change is a good thing


  9. "review"

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    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 reputation for providing advanced medical needs

    Cons

    tend to hire outside the company rather than promote or hire within the organization

    Advice to Management

    develop and hire those that work for the company rather than the outside


  10. "Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech as an intern

    Pros

    Flexibility, network, opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    No guarantee of permanent position.

    Advice to Management

    Open more permanent opportunities for entry-level applicants.


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