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Genentech San Diego Reviews

Updated May 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Good Work Life Balance, Growth Opportunities (in 131 reviews)

  • Awesome company with great benefits (in 164 reviews)

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

  • No opening full-time positions for contractors (in 61 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Process Development Intern in Oceanside, CA
    Former Employee - Process Development Intern in Oceanside, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Pay, support system, friendly people

    Cons

    No downside really, interns get no benefits.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Oceanside, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Oceanside, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Genentech full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    great culture and people. lots of opportunity to learn.

    Cons

    be careful of politics. there is a lot.

    Advice to Management

    care about employees' career development

  3. "Rich culture. Awesome benefits."

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    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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent Place to Work"

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    Former Contractor - Automation Validation Contractor in Oceanside, CA
    Former Contractor - Automation Validation Contractor in Oceanside, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Genentech as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    They treat contractors as well as they do their regular employees, you really feel like you're part of the company. Great people to work for.

    Cons

    Do not get to participate in company functions as a contractor, and do not get to participate in their PTO schedule which can often differ from the holiday schedule that is offered through whatever contract company you work for

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work! This is a phenomenal place to contract. Continue to treat you contractors as if they were your own employees by empowering them and trusting their professional opinions.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great company, great people, fun workplace."

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    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.


  6. "Downstream Bioprocess Tech"

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    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 (1)

    "Greatest place to work with some continuous improvement prospects."

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Oceanside, CA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Oceanside, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Career opportunities, benefits, ability to make a difference

    Cons

    Small company mentality, trying to operate as big company

    Advice to Management

    Hold middle management accountable for results. Leadership competecies can not be taught. You can not teach people to behave. Some managers continue to be managers even though they are not 'people' oriented. This is the proverbial 'worm in the apple'. This continues to be a great company, but the few 'worms' infect our culture daily. They are the blockers, naysers, the ones that can not and will not adapt to change. Performance management should work these people out of the system-or at least in positions that do not toxify the rest of the employees that enjoy the impact they make in the daily work they perform.

  8. "Genentech is a great company but each site is different"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oceanside, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oceanside, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I liked the value Genentech (Corporation) placed on employee satisfaction. I feel that as a corporation Genentech shares information that impacts us at the appropriate time and trust's its employees to be professional about the information. I also liked the stability the company has attained, this affords them the ability to have extra non-routine benefits such as HoHos, Incentives, recognition programs, free drinks etc. Genentech's bonus structure is also very generous given the company has a good year. I also liked the resources available for professional development. I was able to take numerous internal courses that helped develop my skills. The Genentech facilities are also very confortable to work in with wide open spaces.

    Cons

    The culture at the particular site where I worked at was not very rewarding. The site tends to elicit competition with the other sites. This is a very uncomfortable situation when you are representing the site on a cross site project. Another downside is that although Genentech is flexible with your time, Genentech expects 120% from everyone, on average. However, they encourage that you balance work / life. In addition, at the site I worked at, it feels as if the ones that stretch themselves and take the challenges are not necessarily the ones that are rewarded. It sometime feels as if they prefer a more quiet behavior.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management needs to focus on the work being accomplished and embrace individuality. It is individuality and sharing of ideas (be it same or different) that results in positive change.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Manufacturing in Genentech"

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    Current Employee - Bioprocess Technician in Oceanside, CA
    Current Employee - Bioprocess Technician in Oceanside, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits package, bonus and money. Free fountain drinks and a beautiful facility. Monthly celebrations (open bar) a plus.

    Cons

    The job here is a repetitive one that a monkey could do. There is no real opportunity to move on to other departments.

    Advice to Management

    Interact with your employees. Try to at least pretend you're they're friend.


  10. "Good but depends on manager"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Oceanside, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Oceanside, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of great experiences, can very challenging. A lot of great people who are willing to help you out when needed.

    Cons

    Some managers are very incompetent, which is sad. Was so much better before the Roche take over no matter how much Roche tries to pretend it's all the same.

    Advice to Management

    Examine what projects are given to your interns. Chances are it reflects a lot about the department. The more challenging the projects to the interns. The more competent the department.


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