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Updated May 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance is encouraged in departments that I've interacted with (in 124 reviews)

  • Awesome company with great benefits (in 161 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is not always easy because most jobs require long hours (in 92 reviews)

  • can be difficult to have a full time opportunity as they need several years of experience (in 58 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Work here for the prestige of having it on your resume"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits and Perks. They have huge parties and their financials are strong

    Cons

    Poor Management and too many veterans who are "protected"

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate more of the layers and fire more of the managers that don't perform and produce.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Genentech CIT is a hellish place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    to have a job that pays

    Cons

    lousy recognition, no respect, work you like a dog, wretched backstabbing "corporate" people, lots of stress, no appreciation, culture of fear.

    Advice to Management

    be nicer to your employees, treat them with respect, less busy work, be sensible and encouraging instead of inspiring fear and dread


  3. Helpful (10)

    "IT Organization where success is measured by the size of your pom-pon"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1. Good work/life balance (but definitely not as good in IT as the rest of the company)
    2. Benefits

    Cons

    1. Sub-market salary
    2. No clear development or growth opportunities or path in IT
    3. Leadership more focused on shiny objects than solid performance
    4. Cheerleaders are more likely to be recognized and promoted than solid performers

    Advice to Management

    Changes in IT leadership as a result of Roche integration are definitely for the worse, not better. More changes will need to be made at the top level IT leadership to maintain a level of quality that Roche will find acceptable. It is quite ironic that the top IT leadership was recently promoted, while continuing an indefinite multi year long promotion freeze for senior non-management personnel. That in a nutshell should tell you how little confidence the IT staff has in their leaders today.


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  5. Helpful (9)

    "The Best Place To Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pros are easy. Good benefits, some what flex hours, ok pay rate but not enough to live on in SF, area.

    Cons

    Hard work and dedication is not rewarded or recognized at the company by management. It's a good environment to work in if you want to get paid for basically showing up to work. Many people at the company do very little or nothing all day and get away with it because management has no clue or they're too busy trying to climb the ladder to really care what goes on. If you are good at promoting yourself and playing the political game you will rise to the top quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Reward those employees who truly work and make the company the success that it is or was.


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Horrible Place to Work, Horrible Politics"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Case Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Case Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Pay-34 dollars an hour

    Cons

    -Horrible hours for contract workers
    -Contractors get fired without warning for political reasons
    -Temporary workers are treated like second class citizens

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent and stop treating contractors so poorly


  7. Helpful (3)

    "While everyone is exceptionally smart, it is a very cutthroat and demanding place to work."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very smart colleagues-decisions are driven by science,

    Cons

    Very demanding environment. Smart, assertive, and aggressive people are the ones who get ahead and do well.

    Advice to Management

    None


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Roche ruined it..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to work with people internationally, travel and work on global projects

    Cons

    Benefits were cut, bonuses were cut, 6 - 7 am meetings most days and expected to work into the evenings and on email 24/7. No work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to make your new global environment work for your employees. You are burning us out and not finding any way to make it worth it for us to stay.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Genentech was great when it was really Genentech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CSA in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - CSA in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    GDS dept use to be a fun place to work, a lot. Of team building activities, etc

    Cons

    Everything changed once Roche took over with their "operational excellence. They ruined a good thing by being overly confident in their assessment of the dept and what it did on a daily basis. I quote this from a Sr Mngr moments after claiming 50% of the staff will be laid off, "it's not about the quality but the quantity.".

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to listen to your employees and stop
    Being so arrogant. The dept doesn't run with too many chiefs and not enough indians


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Very bad experience, very bad management."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The salaries and benefits were good, but are now being cut.

    Cons

    Jobs are not secure, Swiss owners don't care about or respect US employees. Company only cares about making money, not helping patients or medical research.


  11. Helpful (7)

    "Very sad to watch a once amazing company sink into the toilet."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hillsboro, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I like the job itself, helping patients live longer lives is very rewarding. Some of the people there are very interesting, knowledgeable and caring.

    Cons

    There are some very knowledgeable, experienced supervisors. But there are some supervisors that are promoted to their position for the sole reason that they have relatives or friends in high positions. They are very ignorant and inexperienced on how to manage people. Or how to manage at all. This leads to many problems on the floor. Many of those abuse their power and use for their own monetary gains.

    Advice to Management

    I think you need to hire more professional, educated, experienced supervisors. Listen to your work force, they are the ones on the floor everyday.


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