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  • Good Work Life Balance, Growth Opportunities (in 131 reviews)

  • Awesome company with great benefits (in 160 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Decent place to work ...................."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You work with really smart people. There is a good work-life balance as well as excellent benefits and the opportunity to work from home.

    Cons

    It''s really "clique-ish" if you attended a certain university or if you are a part of a certain group, you have a much better chance for advancement. If you did not, it's as if you have to work 2 to 3 times harder just to get noticed let alone advance.

    As I mentioned, there are a lot of smart people there(on paper), but sometimes a lot of those people seem to be more interested in patting themselves on the back for their past accomplishments than they are at working hard or trying to help the company. A lot of arrogant people.

    There's also a lot of ambiguity in roles and responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure middle management is leading their organizations in a way that is in line with Senior management's goals.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great perks, not so great culture."

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are phenominal, very easy to take vacation and flexible. The gym is great, cafeterias are quality and not too expensive. On site ping-pong tournaments are another perk too.

    Cons

    Promotions are very obscure and roles are very defined. A feeling of compartmentalization in this giant firm leaves me looking for more. Projects are so large and research is so slow that I feel removed from my work and have little ownership.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more feedback as to what the requirements are for promotions and expanding the scope of a position. Too much politics make work very slow.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Genentech is a great place with great products and great people!"

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    Former Employee - MBA Intern in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - MBA Intern in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great products that make a difference in people's lives, smart, interesting, fun people, company clearly values its employees and takes good care of them, very science and patient-driven, great perks and lovely campus.

    Cons

    Some managers are inexperienced at giving feedback, not always enough interdepartmental communication - you may find out that your project is a re-inventing of something another team has done previously.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let Roche acquire you!


  4. "Recognition"

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    Current Employee - Bioprocess Technician in Vacaville, CA
    Current Employee - Bioprocess Technician in Vacaville, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Safe people's life. There's lot of respect among the Employees and Managment.

    Cons

    Roche trying to take over. The way the economy is right now it puts lots of pressure on all companies.

    Advice to Management

    Recognition is the best tool for each employee. Pay attection to every one, cause we all make an impact in people life.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "An incredible place to work... for some."

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Operations Support in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Operations Support in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    For some, flexible hours, great benefits, working in a positive environment with great people. Onsite healthcare, daycare, beautiful campus make Genentech even more magical.

    Cons

    Some areas "look down" upon others, and many employees feel they don't get respect without an advanced degree. Many of the things that make Genentech a great place to work (such as onsite child care, weekly parties and celebrations, etc.) can only be taken advantage of by certain subsets of the population. If you are not in a position to benefit from these things, they mean nothing. If you are, though, they can make Genentech the best place to work in this country- period.

    Advice to Management

    Genentech is a great company as envisioned by two great men. two guys who wanted to do something new and spectacular and address medical issues to help people, not just make money. We should honor them by making sure that patient focus is in the forefront of what we do every day, not just what we say everyday.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Manufacturing in Genentech"

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    Current Employee - Bioprocess Technician in Oceanside, CA
    Current Employee - Bioprocess Technician in Oceanside, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits package, bonus and money. Free fountain drinks and a beautiful facility. Monthly celebrations (open bar) a plus.

    Cons

    The job here is a repetitive one that a monkey could do. There is no real opportunity to move on to other departments.

    Advice to Management

    Interact with your employees. Try to at least pretend you're they're friend.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Genentech!! A great place to work if you've got what it takes"

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    Current Employee - QA Specialist II in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - QA Specialist II in South San Francisco, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of employee centric benefits, along with the chance of of working for a company that is very cutting edge. The company has a lot of potential for the future, and this is a great place to gain experience and to be able to include as part of my professional resume. This is a very friendly environment where employees are encouraged to network as well as take time off to be able to decompress. Every 6 years, a six week sabbatical is included to coincide with the 5 weeks of vacations that can be accrued for a total of 11 weeks off (that's nearly 3 months off in 1 year.

    Cons

    Unfortunately with the Roche buyout looming on the horizon, it is very hard to determine whether all the perks to which we are accustomed to will be available. we already know that there will be job cuts as part of the merger of Roche's business and Genentech's business. It is also a high intensity, very demanding work environment to which not every one can get accustomed to. Many individuals have taken a position here to only be either terminated, or quit voluntarily (or unvoluntarily) after a few short months. It is also very hard to get project pushed through as there is a lot of anxiety to introducing new ways of doing things that have worked just fine for years.

    Advice to Management

    Relax, and allow some way to introduce progress without undermining the current process

  8. Helpful (3)

    "No place is perfect but this comes pretty close"

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

    Pros

    Senior management will come talk to you. In most companies there is an strict trickling up of information via the manager only. This is not the case at Genentech. It is NOT stuffy like most big Pharma. Lots of fun activities. Growth opportunities

    Cons

    Some managers can be extremely bad. If you get stuck with one of those....

    Advice to Management

    Don't let Roche destroy our culture


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great company in most departments"

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company culture, tremendous spirit for accomplishment

    Cons

    Not all departments embody the company culture. Particularly in a certain part of the finance organization, the leadership clearly doesn't understand the people management aspect of the job. They are "out for themselves" and incapable or unwilling to foster a culture of professional development and mutual success. We often hear a lot about what it takes to be a good leader--but this group seems to be exempt and subsequently rewarded with promotions to more senior levels.

    Advice to Management

    Insist the culture be embraced by all departments and by all leaders. Do not promote those who cannot or will not be the "great manager" we are told we all deserve


  10. "I feel very lucky to be a Genentech employee."

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    Current Employee - Clinical Specialist in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Specialist in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Diversity and culture are celebrated at Genentech.

    Cons

    Often times employees are required to work long hours, this affects requesting time off when projects need to be completed. It also affects sabbatical time off.

    Advice to Management

    There must be a better way in documenting our work instead of entering it into several different applications, reports, spreadsheets, etc. It's redundant and time consuming.