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

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  1. "lame"

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    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.


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

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    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.

  3. Helpful (3)

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

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    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.


  4. "too much middle management"

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    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


  5. Helpful (1)

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

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    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)


  6. Helpful (1)

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

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    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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "The pay is great but this place is flooded with middle-management and that's never a good thing"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Data Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Data Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefit package is outstanding. You would be hard pressed to find the assortment of medical and dental options that are basically paid for with the "funny money" so your out-of -pocket costs are minimal. Also the 401K has a generous matching plan. PTO is standard 3 weeks a year but the company usually closes between Xmas and New Years so you really get 4 weeks off. They pay you to not drive to work and have an outstanding assortment of public transportation options.

    Cons

    It's really "clique-y". And I think a lot of the people are a bit brainwashed into thinking it is some sort of magical place to go each day. Get real people it is a job with a paycheck. Also never forget that it is a publicly traded company and at the end of the day the shareholders win. Management doesn't know how to fulfill management decisions. A lot of people like to say we should execute a decision but then no one and I mean no one will suck it up and take responsibility. Decision-by-concensus=no progress and lots of frustration. Typical corporate america rah rah "training" and a bit snobby.

    Advice to Management

    would you please give someone, anyone the power to make a decision and then the power to make sure that is it fulfilled. It's like working with a bunch of sheep that are afraid to wander away from the herd. If no one takes a chance this company becomes stagnant-corporate-sucky and boring to work for.

  8. "Great company, just need to get rid of middle management and re-visit what made the company great in the first place."

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    Current Employee - Master Technician in Oceanside, CA
    Current Employee - Master Technician in Oceanside, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exellent benefits and decent work life balance as a technician.

    Cons

    New culture being created at the company is much more corporate, as opposed to the small company feel that made Genentech a great place to work 5 years ago. With the current downsizing and push to lean manufacturing, people are becoming more vital to the success of the company. This is normally a good thing, but it does not allow professional growth since the company cannot afford to lose an individual in their current position. Most companies will promote you as you succeed, while here you are applauded for your success, but asked to remain in the current role to help grow the company.

    Advice to Management

    Be open, honest and timely with your communication. Don't always look at the short term loss, but rather keep an eye out for long-term potential


  9. "great, awesome, inspiring"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great place to work, wonderful atmosphere, inspiring, energetic and rewarding

    Cons

    Work hours, location, commute, cost of living

    Advice to Management

    Remote centers, motivate employees to collaborate


  10. "Research struggles to provide work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Genentech has great benefits, significant resources to solve scientific problems, some very bright people. They are tackling some very exciting scientific issues: from new armed antibody technologies, to understanding cell cycle, to their cancer genome project, to the multipronged anti-angiogensis approach, there are some great senior scientists.

    Cons

    Middle management doesn't respect the rank and file in research. Research management shows a lack of respect for work-life-balance. Few opportunities for merit-based promotion for entry level, even senior RAs. They tend to hire outside instead of promote.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time understanding individual contributor's motivations, how they do their job, and involve them in decision making processes. Consider replacing the head of research to send a different message to employees


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