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Updated October 22, 2017
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  • Work-life balance is not always easy because most jobs require long hours (in 96 reviews)

  • Very small chance to convert to Regular Full time (in 70 reviews)

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  1. "Inspiring and Fun Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Genentech full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Amazing work - helping patients with the hardest-to-treat diseases; world-class colleagues; excellent benefits

    Cons

    Slow decision-making; risk-averse in many functions

    Advice to Management

    Focus on continuous improvement and free up the budget to make real, meaningful changes that address business process inefficiency.


  2. "Great company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Logistics Specialist in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Logistics Specialist in Louisville, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    benefits, fun, fulfilling, great to patients, work life balance

    Cons

    self management and slow to change

    Advice to Management

    Stick to the rules for everybody

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Management Associate"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Benefits including sabbatical and flexibility is great.

    Cons

    There is no clear career path for the administrative role and once you reach the Management Associate level, there are no development opportunities and you tend to get "stuck" in the role.


  4. "Job"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    The take care of their employees

    Cons

    Little turn over and politics

    Advice to Management

    Dont be afraid to make structure change to benefit the team


  5. "Still a great place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director
    Current Employee - Associate Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Highly talented colleagues. My learning and development is strongly supported.

    Cons

    Work processes don't always allow me to be as productive as possible. Career pathing/opportunities not as transparent as could be.


  6. "Great benefits, poor management and processes"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If your looking for great benefits it has some of the best

    Cons

    Management is weak, processes are outdated and most of the management has been in place for some time and they do not want to change. Internal employee survey shows great place to work for benefits but nothing more. About 53% of employees are afraid to speak up for fear of management.

    HR says there is a progressive discipline process but upper management will just fire someone because they speak up and want change. Be careful, there are to many start up companies out there offering more. Now that Roche has there hands on Genentech it will never be the same. Financial cuts are everywhere.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at upper management and see what they are really doing. Open your eyes and listen to your employees. Art said "Everyone deserves a great manager", you have lost that message just look at all the talent you are losing everyday.

    Genentech Response

    Sep 14, 2017 – Account Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to submit your review. We believe in our employees and strive to create an environment in which they can excel. Moreover, we recognize that managers have a large... More


  7. "Change is not inevitable here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    N/A Not applicable at this time.

    Cons

    Hierarchy dominated by extremely non inclusive circle.

    Advice to Management

    Conduct better hiring practices and only consider qualified candidates.

  8. "Genentech"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people and great culture. Good

    Cons

    Consensus driven culture so decision making takes a really long time.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in high potential candidate. There is no clear path for rockstars


  9. "Manufacturing Technician"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Remains of the takeover"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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