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- "The benefits are great and the perk are second to none such as the GenenBus." (in 567 reviews)
- "The people I work with are great and very inspiring." (in 389 reviews)
- "Great Culture and Company Values" (in 238 reviews)
- "good pay which is great considering the headhunters cut of the pay and the fact that I did not recieve benefits." (in 168 reviews)
- "Good work life balance in general" (in 155 reviews)
- "Poor Management and too many veterans who are 'protected'" (in 113 reviews)
- "I've had really good managers who are aware of this issue and we manage it." (in 94 reviews)
- "People with only a few years (less than 5 yrs) of experience hold senior leadership positions." (in 49 reviews)
- "Lack of support by upper management" (in 36 reviews)
- "Bureaucracy and favoritism is rampant" (in 34 reviews)
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- 5.0Feb 25, 2019Program ManagerCurrent Employee, more than 3 yearsSouth San Francisco, CA
*company is doing great work *beautiful campus * great work/life balance and ability to work from home
*hard to move up/get promoted
- 5.0Jun 16, 2010Sales OperationsFormer Employee
Culture is entrepreneurial & strives for excellence. Mgmt & employees strive for, expect, and help each other attain success!
Certain groups in the overall organization can be dramatically overworked therefore work/life balance can sometimes be an issue.
- 1.0Dec 2, 2015Research AssociateFormer Employee, more than 8 yearsSouth San Francisco, CA
The best thing about genentech is its benefit and the work schedule flexibility that focus on life/work balance. One of the highlight is the multiple cafeteria on site in addition to the gym and other amenities
It is a mob mentality place, if one of the old crew does not like you for any reason you are screwed. Also, favoritism is very widely spread within the company, it is not what you know it is who you know.10
- 2.0Jun 3, 2014Current Employee
-Large, well established company. Resources that may not be available to smaller companies or start-ups are readily available. -Other companies may pay more, but the pay and benefits at Genentech are nothing to complain about.
- A class system exists. Contractors work harder than some full-time employee, yet are not recognized. If you aren't in a more senior level position you can get stuck being a workhorse with no recognition. - Promotions don't seem to be merit based. Same thing goes full time positions offered to contract workers. Management plays favorites, it can be very hard to move up if you don't play politics. - Employees are overworked. It is hard to keep a good work life balance if the job is burning you out4
- 1.0Jun 20, 2017Compliance Training ManagerCurrent Employee, more than 3 yearsSouth San Francisco, CA
If you work in manufacturing/operations your perks are proximity to the bay, free seltzer water, free rentable bikes, and company sponsored sporting events. If you work in Commercial or a global function there are MANY perks both financial and work/life balance.
OPERATIONS/MANUFACTURING: Dysfunctional, duplicitous, and perception weighs heavier than reality. In operations/manufacturing the schedule is too fast, people are overworked, teams are under resourced, and the overall SSF site culture is partial work completion (i.e. 20% completed 80% incomplete). Therefore it is important within this organization to make appearances that everything is o.k. and running smoothly. This tactic tends to combat/deflect blame for chronic problems and recurrent issues. GLOBAL OR COMMERCIAL: Loads and loads of politics.6Genentech Response7y
We greatly appreciate you taking the time to send us your feedback. Because the roles & responsibilities in our company differ from function to function, there will be variation in work related experiences. However, we constantly strive to provide all employees an environment where they can do their best work and make real impact in the lives of patients. From your review, it sounds like that may not have been your experience. If you are currently experiencing frustration about your work environment, and you are open to continuing the conversation, we would like to invite you to reach out to your HR representative. Again, Thank you for your review.
- 5.0Aug 2, 2012Computational BiologistCurrent Employee, more than 3 yearsSouth San Francisco, CA
Working with lots of clever people makes things more fun and interesting Successfully producing new drugs that help people makes work fulfilling The work life balance is very reasonable so long as you are efficient at getting your work done Management really cares about employees and wants us to be happy
Flat structure makes it hard to be promoted in more than name Not a great location for living close to work, everyone just about has some sort of commute
- 5.0May 19, 2008Senior Product ManagerCurrent EmployeeSouth San Francisco, CA
Genetech has excellent science, people and compensation
My biggest criticism of Genentech would be that it is not the best with work/life balance. Also, there is a strong focus on science (which is great) but very little attention to operations and the importance of solid training.2
- 5.0Jul 23, 2016Associate EngineerCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearSouth San Francisco, CA
-True work / life balance is actually encouraged (and not just verbally) -Widespread industry recognition, great place to make a name for yourself -Extremely collaborative, many cross-functional teams that allow you to expand expertise into new areas -Management is excellent; clear communication for the most part, honest concern for employees, very open to ideas and feedback -Social atmosphere is excellent. Rigorous hiring process means people are both intelligent and fit with the company culture of awesomeness.
-Can move slowly if nobody champions an initiative. -SF area is expensive, and pay (while good for most areas) can seem to lag behind the area's growth. -Business processes can be bloated, navigating them can be difficult. There are active efforts to improve this.