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Updated August 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Good Work Life Balance, Growth Opportunities (in 131 reviews)

  • Awesome company with great benefits (in 164 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is not always easy because most jobs require long hours (in 94 reviews)

  • No opening full-time positions for contractors (in 61 reviews)

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  1. "Manufacturing Technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work, great people, benefits, and competitive salary.

    Cons

    Raises and bonuses for different sites are reflected by state-to-state cost of living.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Scientific Researcher in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Scientific Researcher in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive Pay, Great Benefits Package & Smart, Enthusiastic Coworkers. Overall a GREAT Place to Work.

    Cons

    Too many meetings and emphasis on presentations. Little emphasis on bench top work and technical skill development as milestone achievements for promotion. Seems the common strategy is to get others to do the work, and then individuals present the data to "shine."

    Advice to Management

    Old, dated job family structures that need to be updated and tailored per work area and group. Bench top work needs to take precedence in promotions for technical roles, and not presentations.

    Lastly, all departments don't seem to be on board with corporate standards; great place to work agenda, applause program, etc. It should be mandated by senior management that all groups and managers are implementing this uniformly.

  3. "Great company, culture, and coworkers"

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    Current Employee - QC Analyst
    Current Employee - QC Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Culture, Great Benefits, Fun Environment

    Cons

    Work-Life Balance - A lot of growth at the site, a lot of overtime and off-shift hours required


  4. "Remains of the takeover"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    pipeline is vast and could be revolutionary

    Cons

    Genentech is no longer Genentech, its Roche

    Advice to Management

    look to the revenue drivers


  5. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Their mission to meet unmet medical needs is inspiring. It's amazing and humbling to work at the largest biotech plant in the world, and yet it still feels like a family.

    Cons

    There is a lack of true prioritization which causes a lack of focus for the workforce.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people without judgment.


  6. "Working at Genentech"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Specialist
    Current Employee - Clinical Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and salary are competitive. 6 week sabbatical after 6 years of employment is a plus

    Cons

    Feedback is not received well. The environment can be somewhat petty. Diversity (other than gender) is lacking in field positions (outside of San Francisco)

    Advice to Management

    make it a priority to recruit diverse talent and also support them


  7. "Great company, but it depends on who you work with."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vacaville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vacaville, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great perks to being a contracted employee. You get to partake in almost all of the events that official employees go to. There a strong sense of purpose among most of the technicians there. It varies from shift to shift. Most people are very nice and engaging, always wanting to do the best and be the best.

    Cons

    I got placed on a shift in the Production Services department where almost everyone resented their work and did the bare minimum to get by. There was a lot of playing the blame game on other shifts for problems occurring during operations. Not really a good way to progress. In addition my supervisor gave me no feedback whatsoever and definitely treated some employees favorably which was all to obvious.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a new supervisor.

  8. "Lost value"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    competitive pay; a lot of "smart" people

    Cons

    charged with politics and favoritism


  9. "Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunities to make a difference in drug development and working with many talented people.

    Cons

    Management doesn't do enough to develop the talents of employees. The work environment is now more Roche then the biotech that Genentech used to be.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work...rewarding but heavy workload depending on the position"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Genentech full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and opportunities for employees to grow their careers. One really does feel that he/she is making a difference in patients' lives.

    Cons

    The company has become so huge that sometimes it is difficult to pinpoint the right person or group to contact for what you need (e.g. information, assistance or a service) OR the person who used to be the point of contact is no longer with the company and no one in his/her group knows how to access what you need.


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