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Updated July 24, 2017
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  • Good Work Life Balance, Growth Opportunities (in 131 reviews)

  • Awesome company with great benefits (in 161 reviews)

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  1. "Genentech Hillsboro Technical Operations Review"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Location, Community outreach, Purpose, Patient speakers

    Cons

    Salary
    Management
    Incentives
    Limited development opportunities
    1% bonuses
    Communication

    Advice to Management

    Enforce work/life balance


  2. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Great people, great mission, and rewarding work. A very development-oriented culture and one of the few places I've work that really lives it's mission.

    Cons

    Focus on collaboration and inclusive decision-making can sometimes cause things to move slowly.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Strong culture and company; departmental alignment lacking"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    - Great culture
    - Well-resourced
    - Decision-making culture

    Cons

    - Significant variations department to department in terms of salaries, titles, performance criteria

    Advice to Management

    Work on ensuring consistency across groups, improve HR connections for groups to ensure that critical feedback is heard


  4. Helpful (2)

    "A good place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great (non-monetary) benefits, great tuition reimbursement program, work life balance tends to be good

    Cons

    Salaries are typically lower than industry standards, management is hot and cold...few really great managers, some really bad managers, contractor staff make it hard for regular employees to move around the company


  5. "Fantastic place to work"

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    • 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

    Great work life balance, wonderful work atmosphere, amazing benefits

    Cons

    I cannot think of any cons


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Manager, Engineering"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Group Lead, DS MSAT in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Group Lead, DS MSAT in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Heavily resourced manufacturing network with strong international ties.

    Cons

    High level of bureaucracy and often ineffective governance.

    Advice to Management

    Get involved in the fundamental daily tasks to ensure that you can break down barriers to progress.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Culture needs to be improved"

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    • 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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Encourage research and good work life balance

    Cons

    Career development for those who do the ground work is very limited, managers think more about their own benefit not the company

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Formerly great company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of departments to manage administrative issues

    Cons

    No autonomy; too much bureaucracy


  9. "Working at Genentech"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great work culture, excellent perks

    Cons

    None none none none none


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not the best place to advance your career"

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    • 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

    Pros

    The company treat you very well with perks

    Cons

    It's hard to move around and they do not make good decisions.


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