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  • Work life balance is encouraged in departments that I've interacted with (in 116 reviews)

  • Awesome company with great benefits (in 158 reviews)

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  1. "Proud to work for a company that cares at every level--for internal folks as well as patients/doctors"

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

    Pros

    Development - part of each person's annual plan; lots of training opportunities
    Doing worthwhile work - helping patients get access to the medicines Genentech creates

    Cons

    Leadership roles are stressful, have long hours. Departments are very separate but they are working on improving communication between departments (this will also allow career opportunities)

    Advice to Management

    Great vision! They really look at the 5 and 10-year plan and how their decisions impact all levels of the company. There are some changes coming that really are clever and took a lot of thought and several years to come to fruition.

    Create opportunities for other than the Rockstars to excel. They tend to get picked for special projects while others are overlooked. I too have to look beyond the usual suspects (who you know you can count on and will get the job done).


  2. "Great company to work for!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I believe in what the company is doing and think most of the people who work at Genentech love their jobs. I am also a huge fan of the casual atmosphere. I have a great manager who gives good feedback and helps those who work for him when they need it. I am very satisfied with my salary and love the benefits!

    Cons

    It's a fairly large company now so there can be a lot of red tape for some things. As the company grows more policies and procedures are being put into place, which can be cumbersome.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on listening to the employees feedback.


  3. "Genentech is a great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Career and personal development opportunitites are abundant.
    There is little bureaucracy and things seem to move extremly fast as compared to what I heard from other companies.
    The benefits are very good: 401k and roth, $4/day for commuting to work in any way but driving, great time off, good bonuses, free shuttles to take you to work spread out through the bay area.
    Open IT environemnt, no blocks, monitoring etc.

    Cons

    I wish they were more open with telecommuting and they would have a more transparent process on how they determine your performance. I wish there was more communication taking place between the higher management and employees.

    Advice to Management

    Have a better defined process for performance reviews.


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  5. "If you're in biotechnology there is no better place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are awesome! There is nowhere else that compares in biotech. They also pay the best.

    Cons

    In large departments, individual employees do not advance in rank and salary as quickly as smaller departments. It is also hard to get a job (or an interview) here unless you meet and exceed the job description. It is important to have experience before applying.

    Advice to Management

    You waste too much money on free food and parties. This could be better spent on new equipment and promotions.


  6. "lame"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun place to work. Great parties. CHeap food. Everyone is pretty friendly. There are tons of foods to choose from. The parties are great. Genentech really spends a lot of money on them. Its really hard to get in. if you have a referral to help it makes it a bit easier.

    Cons

    long hours, low pay, crappy location. Stock options arent what they used to be five or six years ago when I first started. They are now moving my division to singapore. So, I was almost forced to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Arrogent jerks. Seriously, its a job.


  7. "One of the Best Places I've Enjoyed Working in a Long Time"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I like the people and friendly environment at GNE. I'm always learning new things so it's never boring.

    Cons

    The hiring and promotion process are frustrating at times. With the growth of GNE, things have seemed to change in the way people are hired. Lately it seems to be more of who you know rather than what you know. Also promotions seem to be based on favoritism at times. Many times they hire externals before giving transfers to internal employees.

    Advice to Management

    Look at your competent staff within the company before giving the positions to an exernal...where is your loyalty? Work harder on identifying the BAD managers and doing something about them rather than just talking about or recognizing that it can be a problem.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Genentech is a GREAT place to work, as long as your not in manufacturing."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working at Genentech gives you a great sense of accomplishment and great pride. Since I have never worked in this field before, I can not compare Genentechs benefits to other companies but I do feel that Genentech offers great benefits. They are always celebrating various accomplishments and/or milestones.

    Cons

    The morale of B8 employees (manufacturing) is in the toilet. And year after year, it just keeps getting worse. If you take a stroll around the campus, you will see many happy people. There is a saying in B8.... If you see someone on campus that is not smiling or just looks unhappy, "they must be from B8".

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to treat the folks in manufacturing better and with more respect.


  9. "too much middle management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Trial Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Trial Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    benefits are great
    close to san francisco
    decent work life balance
    cafeteria food is spectacular

    Cons

    too much middle management
    a lot of MBAs who don't know how to change a lightbulb
    too much process
    not enough growth for exceptional people.
    there are 7 layers for every job function.

    Advice to Management

    cut out the middle mgmt. sr. mgmt is great but your message gets muddled by crappy middle mgmt. Stop hiring from pfizer and novartis. they are bringing ina culture of mediocrity


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, but beware which organization you join.. beware of your career or it might just atrophy and die."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Management in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Management in South San Francisco, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The senior execs are visionary leaders, and have created an amazing vision for Gentench as well as the culture within which they envisioned employees would thrive. Great benefits and a strong commitment to work life/balance.

    Cons

    I worked for Production Operations and this is the largest organization at Genentech. The culture, and success of the company varies by organization and hence the distinction. The middle management layers in Production Operations (Director ranks to lower VP ranks) are VERY dysfunctional. Career growth is abysmal here as a lot of the Management ranks are managing upward (posturing to Senior Management), very political and I would not characterize the behavior as 'walking the talk'. Employee growth and success are very much on the backburner.

    Advice to Management

    Start to hold the middle management ranks accountable to the Genentech principles around culture, people growth, and employee satisfaction. Place a huge emphasis on the 360 feedback as this will tell you what the issues are within the ranks of the company(the real intellectual capital that is contributing to growing the company)


  11. Helpful (1)

    "B&D lives on laurels and loses market share due to lack of Listening & Focus"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Direct Sales Representative in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Direct Sales Representative in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good entry level company to work for. They provide good training for employees and their positions. You never get rich working for B&D, but many other companies hire their employees

    Cons

    Lots of turnover of employees, many of their management have big ego's and company has lost focus
    Products they sell are not the best in class , but more of a "chevrolet". They are not in tune in what is going on in their market place are simply losing market share. Also they are unwilling to "listen" to their customer base.

    Advice to Management

    Leave your egos out of it. Can't live on what you done with company the last dozen years. You must "listen" to what your customers & markets are saying and re-focus. Live up to the mistakes the company has made in last few years and move forward.