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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 (1)

    "Development"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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.


  2. "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.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Wonderful Place to Work, but...."

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

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

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits and work environment.

    Cons

    Promotions are next to impossible to get. Internal recruiting process is sketchy (recipient often known in advance; interviewing more like kabuki theater).

    Advice to Management

    Clean up the cronyism.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good overall benefits, advancement is difficult"

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

    Friendly environment, very smart people

    Cons

    Advancement in marketing typically requires an Ivy League degree, or certain personality type


  6. Helpful (3)

    "It has been extremely satisfying and rewarding to work for Genentech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director In Global Product Management in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director In Global Product Management in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work due to culture, benefits, talented people. Mature processes and tools. Opportunities available locally and globally. Diversity and inclusion are central and focused on.

    Cons

    Due to its size and maturity, the ideas take a long time to approve and implement. Processes can be complex. Commute can be daunting in all directions.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Case manager at Genentech"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, fair wages, bonuses, stock options etc. Opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    Office politics, call center setting for this position

    Advice to Management

    Stop playing favorites


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Software Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software QA Engineer in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software QA Engineer in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits - 401k, free shuttles all over the Bay Area, give-back concert, 6 weeks fully paid sabbatical, long term incentives

    Cons

    Continuous cost cutting measurements and gradual changes in culture after merge with Roche, less innovative, lots of politics among middle management, no longer values end user experience and real business needs

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good local talents, needs more innovative management, not management who only cares about cost cutting to look good on their resumes


  9. "My review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality IT Operations Team Lead in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Quality IT Operations Team Lead in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities in a sustainable, responsible growing company

    Cons

    Constant internal cost reduction and outsourcing


  10. "Sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clinical Specialist in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Clinical Specialist in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Genentech (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture and regional manager

    Cons

    Corporate environment is becoming increasingly "big pharmaceutical"


  11. "Outstanding company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've been given many opportunities over my long career at Genentech to learn and grow and be recognized and rewarded for my work. Benefits are excellent.

    Cons

    I honestly can't think of anything worth writing here. I have no complaints, only praise.


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