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Genentech San Diego Reviews

Updated March 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance is encouraged in departments that I've interacted with (in 122 reviews)

  • Awesome company with great benefits (in 161 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is not always easy because most jobs require long hours (in 91 reviews)

  • can be difficult to have a full time opportunity as they need several years of experience (in 57 reviews)

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  1. "Great Work Life Balance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Oceanside, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Oceanside, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and work life balance

    Cons

    Difficult to climb upward and advance unless you switch positions.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "No reason to work hard."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Oceanside, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Oceanside, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Excellent training and exposure to medical industry
    Good benefits for direct hire "blue badge" employees
    Oceanside facility is impressive
    Opportunities to learn manufacturing staples such as Lean and 5S
    Looks good on a resume for future jobs

    Cons

    Contractor positions likely won't lead to full time hire
    Being in the right place at the right time is more important for advancement than hard work
    Nepotism runs rampant
    Slackers are rewarded
    Gossip, politics, favoritism, backstabbing
    Multiple slow, laggy software systems bottleneck production

    Advice to Management

    Technical: implement improvements for software, listen to improvement ideas

    Personnel: cut the nepotism, fire bad employees! Work culture is toxic and it is all avoidable.


  3. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oceanside, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oceanside, CA

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for and team

    Cons

    More resources to improve validation organization


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great benefits but frustrating"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Oceanside, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Oceanside, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really good benefits. Overall good people. Nice campus with amenities such as a cafeteria, basketball courts, volleyball courts. Lots of opportunity for lateral movement.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is inefficient. Computer/it systems are terrible and frustrating. Difficult to get in if you don't know somebody. Difficult to have any impact due to size.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the business processes. Consolidate the number of IT systems. Employees shouldn't spend a good portion of their day logging into multiple systems to complete a simple task or training 3-4 times on separate versions of the same material multiple times per year.


  6. "Downstream Bioprocess Tech"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oceanside, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oceanside, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Bonuses at the end of the year. Benefits and area parties every month.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for advancement at satellite site.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great company, great people, fun workplace."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Oceanside, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Oceanside, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Autonomous work environment with little micromanagement.
    You get to lead your own project
    Plenty of people willing to help you throughout your journey with great advice.
    Mentorship
    Very friendly workplace with patient oriented mindset.

    Cons

    Big corporation so your tasks are more narrow and specific.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oceanside, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oceanside, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits, pay, perks are good (the staff ALL around is great)

    Cons

    Work Hard, work hard and work hard


  9. "Rich culture. Awesome benefits."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Oceanside, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Oceanside, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The campus is world class. The company is very supportive of employees and the community. Culture is hard to beat. Benefits are amazing.

    Cons

    Organization is surprisingly immature for such a large, established company. Can be frustrating trying to get something done.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in organizational development. Don't rely so heavily on temps.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Bio-process Technician"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Bio Process Technician in Oceanside, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Bio Process Technician in Oceanside, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    6 week Sabatical after 6 years
    6% 401k match
    Fair insurance
    good vacation time
    Good shifts

    Cons

    Promotion percentage are low and time to take to get promotions are long
    Movement in company is limited
    Very cut throat corparate
    Apply large changes to lifestyles frequently changes shifts


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits and culture"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Material Specialist in Oceanside, CA
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Material Specialist in Oceanside, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and culture
    Worked with some incredible people

    Cons

    Small site means very limited growth potential


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