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Updated March 21, 2017
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  • Work life balance is encouraged in departments that I've interacted with (in 118 reviews)

  • Awesome company with great benefits (in 159 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    A lot of good perks

    Cons

    There can be long hours


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work... for a regular."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Great work culture with intelligent peers puts you in a position to succeed if you can apply yourself to take advantage.

    No micromanaging; plenty of freedom to plan your own work.

    Top tier benefits and perks.

    Cons

    Each department is different can get pretty ugly fast. Competition for contractors is tough and can get political.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more knowledagble and deserving contractors as regulars instead of gambling and hiring from outside.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good to have on resume"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Good to have on resume

    Great facilities

    Decent experience

    Cons

    Management needs improvement

    Not much room for opportunity

    Advice to Management

    Be more informative and involved


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  5. 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.


  6. "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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Contractor Plug and Chug"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    An incredible campus ; in that every building is up to date with latest technology . The cafes have above average food ; there is a gym.. now contractors can use the g bus

    Cons

    Working in External Quality is a con because it's very isolated . Projects can be rewarding in that your in charge of them however all senior managers usually travel and audit the sites that you would be doing all the QA work for. There is no recognition at all in fact there was a lot of cussing and unprofessional behavior and a lot of employees trying to transfer out . At one point the senior manager hired another employee who had no idea how to even operate they're computer or complete a thorough technical and timely review of documents . Oddly enough we were assigned to carrying her weight as well
    As our own. Of course nobody was hire. External quality never hires just picks from the contractor pool

    Advice to Management

    Hire someone you can easily afford QA reviewers or give the bulk to the senior managers who take credit for the work anyway


  8. Helpful (7)

    "Genentech culture not as it used to be"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good company to work for up to late 2000's

    Cons

    - Roche takeover in 2009
    - Mismanagement at low to mid level since then
    - Nepotism is rampant
    - Talk of work/life balance is just talk
    - Salary not commensurate with added responsibilities
    - Raises/promotions are few and far between

    Advice to Management

    Keep your talent pool happy. Don't keep taking advantage of your talent by not paying them their worth. Continue to give them praise and reflect their salary. Employee tenure anniversaries are important; the least you can do is celebrate that.


  9. "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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Clinical Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Patient and people focused company. Incredible place to work. Generous PTO and 6% match 401K. Great working environment. They are committed to developing people and listening to employees.

    Cons

    Cant think of any.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Scientific Researcher"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, Autonomy, science focus, plenty of learning opportunities in the scientific space

    Cons

    Limited development opportunity without doctoral degree



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