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Genentech San Francisco Reviews

Updated July 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Good Work Life Balance, Growth Opportunities (in 131 reviews)

  • Awesome company with great benefits (in 160 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (6)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility in working hours and working from home, employee focus, good benefits, nice people with a good pipeline. It is work hard and party hard atmosphere

    Cons

    Flat structure, no proper pathway to move to next level, many processes to follow, one tends to get lost in the process requirements that becomes convoluted every year

    Genentech Response

    Jun 21, 2017 – Account Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We are delighted to hear that you value the efforts we have put toward creating an environment where everyone at Genentech can thrive! As you... More


  2. "Working on being Open to change"

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

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

    Pros

    great people and benefits including yearly bonus. interesting work. good management team in my department.

    Cons

    takes long time to move to next level

    Advice to Management

    figure out how to keep people engaged when there aren't opportunities to move up to next level

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Great company with challenges ahead"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Colleagues are some of the smartest, and most experienced, around. 2. Company makes formal efforts to explore new technologies and methodologies and cares about employee engagement/development. 3. Office hours appear to be less demanding than other companies. 4. Company benefits are exceptional.

    Cons

    1. Tons of organizational inertia and employee complacency so it can be hard to get things done. 2. Leadership appears to be abandoning ship. 3. Management can make boneheaded decisions about technology focus. 4. Department budget tightening makes it less convenient to perform some activities. 5. Competition is fierce for access to high profile projects and responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    Although the science and people can be great at Genentech, employees are encumbered by inefficient or redundant business processes. Addressing the ancient information technologies and burdensome business processes can improve employee satisfaction and productivity.

    Genentech Response

    Jul 19, 2017 – Account Manager

    Thank you for your review and rating us as a great company! We do have some of the most talented individuals here and we’re happy we can offer comprehensive and competitive benefit programs for our... More


  4. "Hourly intern"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Genentech as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Passionate employees. Lots of perks at work (concert, food, etc)

    Cons

    Pigeonholed without having an advanced degree. Pay is less competitive because of company perks/amenities


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Amazing Company that is Changing"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Demand Planner in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Demand Planner in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Genentech full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The salaries, perks, work environment and the nature of the work are amazing. The people are wonderful and the amount of work you accomplish is huge. It is such a pleasure to work with smart, savvy and motivated people. It keeps you on your toes and allows you to contribute in meaningful ways.

    Cons

    Positions are highly sought after so you really have to continually improve your education or your skills in order to stay relevant. That's great when you just hit the company with your degree(s) and your enthusiasm, but it's crippling once you find your "dream role" and want to stay put for a while. Seriously, if you are in a position for more than 2 years, they think something is wrong with you. There is no real appreciation of deep, historical knowledge. I am sad to know that excellence and expertise is no longer valued.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management is terrified of the changes coming to the pharmaceutical marketplace and has begun the dreaded "belt tightening" that comes with fear. If they would reach into the talented, knowledgeable and motivated staff to identify and correct some processes, they could do well. But they spend their money on high priced consultants who spend years to discover and deliver information that is already known at the hands-on level. Too bad they will cut the people who can help them rediscover themselves. It really is gone, the Genentech spirit. Roche, the world bank that happens to run a pharmaceutical company, has completely taken over.


  6. "Good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Genentech full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good and fair

    Cons

    Management favoritism oversights other good employees

    Advice to Management

    Listen to their direct reports needs for success


  7. "Senior Statistical Programmer Analyst"

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

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

    Pros

    Great company culture: Work hard, Play hard and Give back.

    Cons

    I can not think of any downside of company. It is a great company to work for.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Director"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good, smart, collaborative people. Generous benefits. Opportunities to change roles within the company. Flexible scheduling and childcare. Team oriented work allows you to get exposure to various experiences. Sabbatical every 6 years!

    Cons

    Global working hours can be very demanding (7am to late nights). Less opportunities to move up in some groups.

    Advice to Management

    Degrees don't define skill level. There is some inflexibility for non-MD's to move upwards regardless of years of experience and skill level.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Vastly inconsistent work environments between the various departments"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Genentech full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    If in a well managed department and there are many, employees will benefit by getting well paid accordingly by your individual contribution and not seniority based, benefit from a fantastic company promoted practice for personal advancement with many career goal options and provide the financial means to obtain the training, degrees or certificates for your personal career path and goals. Wonderful team building events facilitated by third party companies as well internal programs. Great opportunities to control your end of year bonus and stock program by fulfilling start of year performance goals you and your manager create. The more impact you have on the teams successes, the more compensation you will receive.

    Cons

    If you are unfortunate enough to start under the wrong management team in certain departments, there only a few, you will work in an established resentful work environment due to micro managing every decision to the extreme point that no individual can create or discuss with management a more efficient and/or a more cost effective methods to the already established routines and/or established decisions to common issues. New employees start at a very low base salary compared to the "better/ more of the company norm departments" which seriously affects the new employees to acquire proper compensation compared to the vast majority of departments due to HR's policy of how fast and at what percentages one can receive and at what percentage raises and promotions one can achieve. It is just better to quite, work somewhere else for a year and then reapply to a more acceptable department where the employees are treated as an asset rather than a plug to shove into a role that has already a fixed unchanging predetermined function you can't get out of while getting stuck with a demoralizing salary compensation that either annual increases of 1% to even the slap in the face increase of 0%. It would take years upon years to earn what should of been your starting base pay.

    Advice to Management

    Consistent treatment of employees within different departments especially those that work side by side would create a working atmosphere that every Biotech employee prospects would compete for employment eventually becoming the major voice of company loyalty and the largest body of company advocates on various social media sites and forums.


  10. "Good company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Manufacturing Technician in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Intern - Manufacturing Technician in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great workplace with an awesome culture "work hard play hard".
    Great leadership
    Eryone is very smart, friendly and hard-working people.

    Cons

    No opening full-time positions for contractors


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