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Genentech Senior Programmer Analyst Reviews

Updated July 5, 2017
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  • Work-life balance is not always easy because most jobs require long hours (in 95 reviews)

  • Very small chance to convert to Regular Full time (in 70 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Statistical Programmer Analyst"

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    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.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "A great place to do science but career development can be stifling"

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    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A place to do top-notch scientific research that also directly impact people's lives

    A shared sense of mission and inspiration - to create medicines for unmet medical needs.

    Science driven culture - scientists truly enjoy a lot of independence, respect and freedom to publish.

    Genentech attracts really good people and in particular, the brightest scientific talents.

    Excellent perks - great cafe and day care, club house, free sports club membership, beautiful campus by the bay, Friday parties, retreats (and the list goes on).

    Genentech has a great reputation.

    A great learning environment: top scientists and vendors come to give seminars regularly.

    Cons

    Promotion and career advancements are very rigid and difficult. People are often trapped in tracks or positions with limited professional growth (if not impossible). It is not unusual for good performers to go 8-10 years without a single promotion.

    People are 'demoted' when coming to work for Genentech. For example, senior scientist becomes associate scientist; director becomes senior scientist.

    The pay is good but cannot keep up with the high cost of living in the Bay area, particularly for new comers.

    Merger with Roche basically capped any potential future growth.

    It is questionable whether its unique, science-driven culture will remain after the Roche merger.

    Advice to Management

    Reform your arrogant and rigid promotion system that stifles people's career development. You may get away with it when you are the best employer to work for and one of the fastest growing biotech companies. Now that you are part of Roche where growing the revenue beyond the single digit is like making an elephant dance, people may decide not to take this anymore.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Corporate IT is a mess but the company is, on the whole, not a bad place to work ."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Programmer/Analyst in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Programmer/Analyst in South San Francisco, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, recognized name on resume

    Cons

    bad IT management, bloated staffing levels, lack of leadership on IT team(s), lots of consultants sat around paid $$$ to do nothing...no focus. All the usual corporate IT negatives.

    Advice to Management

    Get a technical guy in to head up Corporate IT and start trimming deadwood. IT should be nimble and accountable. Just because the corporation has lots of cash, dont keep throwing it at problems. Demand the same excellence you would of the R & D side from CIT.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Biotech is only respected staff. If you are not directly linked to that, you are at risk to arbitrary decisions."

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    Former Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst
    Former Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, wealth of tools and training to do your job, reasonably stable company

    Cons

    Company stability in question with patent expiration and Roche take over. Even before this, advancement, outside of core biotech, correlated only with connections or whether you represented a desired demographic niche. Now, that's doubly true.

    Advice to Management

    re-introduce merit as a criteria for advancement in divisions outside the labs.


  5. "Senior Programmer Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life Balance and Benefits

    Cons

    It is a big organization, decision making is not fast when compared with smaller organizations

    Advice to Management

    Create Growth opportunities for employees