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Genentech San Francisco Reviews

Updated August 14, 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. 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


  2. 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.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Training Development"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Training and Development Specialist in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Training and Development Specialist in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Epic company parties. Cutting edge research. Beautiful campus. Free company buss.

    Cons

    You are always at risk of being laid off. Genentech loves to replace Blue badge employees with contractors. Contractors are not allowed to go to company events even though they do the same work as regular employees. This is why Genentech loves to convert positions. They might save a couple bucks in the short term, but will cost them much more in the long term due to higher separation rates and expensive human capital replacement costs. If your looking for a job there great but don't look for a career.

    Advice to Management

    Think of the companies well being before your own. 'Green' badge employees (Contractors) who do the same work as 'Blue' badge employees (FTE) should be treated the same.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "GPM"

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

    I worked at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Best drug developer in the world. Great minds and thorough strategic assessment of opportunities. Play in oncology and other specialty areas which allow for great ROI.

    Cons

    Gone but not forgotten. Current version of company is slowly evolving to become more like Roche. Loss of Ian is a big deal. Bill is not a suitable replacement.

    Advice to Management

    Try to avoid letting Roche change the culture and lower the bar for success. Roche was an average company before buying GNE. They have done a good job in maintaining elements of GNE, but the transition is threatening the essence of the old company.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Working in Genentech Product Development"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, work life balance, work environment (office space), opportunity, benefits (medical, transportation, fitness).

    Cons

    Such a large organization, takes so long to get things done, many layers of management, consensus-like decision making slows things down

    Advice to Management

    We need to overhaul the way we team and work in order to be more Agile and quick. We will not be successful by trying to solve this agility problem in the way that we have in the past.


  6. "Senior Business Analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Senior Business Analyst in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Senior Business Analyst in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovative, doing good work, fun

    Cons

    long term tenured employees, slow to adapt or embrace change


  7. Helpful (5)

    "IT not for career-advancement"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid mission, good culture, deep pockets

    Cons

    Lives in the shadow of its parent, Roche. IT is not a function that promotes career development. My advice is to transfer to a business function if you want to stay with the company long-term. Recently outsourced much of US delivery and support to Canada and Costa Rica

  8. "Great Company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Cell Culture Tech in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Cell Culture Tech in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can get development opportunities

    Cons

    No room to convert to perm.

    Advice to Management

    Should focus on developing and working closely with contractors


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Good company but not for everyone."

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

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

    Pros

    Nice campus, nice people, good culture, produces great drugs

    Cons

    Good room for growth if you are young. Not so much if over 50. Too many meetings which results in having to log on at night when you go home.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Good for those they like"

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

    Pros

    Exceptional benefits and perks nearly unmatched by others. Caters to an exceptional workplace experience. Probably spoils employees so they never feel the need to move.

    Cons

    Hierarchy is everywhere.
    People stay in the same positions for decades.
    Slow moving and full or red-tape.
    Managers tend to be great individual contributors no people person managers.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring non-people-person managers and stop being so top heavy


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