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Gilead Sciences Reviews

Updated November 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Great company mission and great benefits (in 38 reviews)

  • Good benefits, vacation time is adequate (in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is a struggle (in 99 reviews)

  • No work life balance because of the heavy work load (in 28 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "research associate"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate (Medicinal Chemistry) in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate (Medicinal Chemistry) in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very exciting, engaging, fast pace. I feel like I can, and do, make an impact. I often have a large degree of freedom in what I work on day to day.

    Cons

    Stock price only seems to be heading down lately.
    Can be extremely fast paced at times.
    Base compensation lower than most others.


  2. "Sr. Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The environment is pretty great

    Cons

    Cost of living in the bay, doesn't match salary

  3. "fast-paced and rewarding"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Good recognition from management on positive contributions.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is a struggle.


  4. "Challenging but enjoy the company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    A lot of opportunities to make an impact. You can wear a lot of different hats.

    Cons

    Gilead is a lean environment.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Exceptionally few promotional opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Initial compensation tends to be slightly less than market, but quickly catches up with annual performance reviews. The science is top-notch and well-respected in the industry, so doors tend to open more readily.

    Cons

    Commercial roles tend to remain stagnant from a promotional perspective, particularly for mid-management. If you're content with getting a reliable paycheck and remaining at the status you enter (or lateral moves), you'll be fine. If you have ambitions to grow your career, this is not the place for you.

    Sadly there's an "old guard" that have been with the commercial groups for years that create a good ol' boy network -- you're either one of them, or not. Most movement happens if you move to Foster City and take a hit on cost of living, but there are no guarantees.

    Recently they've had a pattern of trying to diversify their management group (until recently and still predominantly white men).

    HR is well-intended and skilled, but woefully understaffed. Good performers have left the company and often state the lack of HR support as one reason.

    Advice to Management

    Don't scrub your internal employee engagement scores and feedback, but rather dig into the details. Although sometimes uncomfortable, your bravest employees consistently express their frustrations (e.g. promotional opportunities or lack of realistic career ladders), but often are discounted as outliers.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Assistant Product Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    great pipelines and products
    competitive salary

    Cons

    horrible organizational culture, management


  7. "leader in biopharma"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA

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

    Pros

    clear direction top down. great place to learn. benefits were good.

    Cons

    matrixed environment. as with any large organization, talented contributors and leaders can fall out of favor due to political and HR machinery

  8. Helpful (10)

    "There are terrible people here in important places"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Facilities and campus. They offer some good classes and learning sessions. Take all you can then take your skills elsewhere

    Cons

    You don't know who to trust. Working here will make you paranoid because there are so many smiling backstabbers. Heed the reputation and stay away for your own sanity! Whenever there is a Director opening it's like they go out and find more crooked people to fill the opening.

    There is a type that is successfully at this company: quiet sheep that are there for the perks or loud, aggressive dishonest people. Don’t waste time speaking to HR, they are there to protect the company and note the “trouble makers”.

    Advice to Management

    Adding new corporate values and forcing HR to quote these will not change anything.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "If you really need to get a job"

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    Former Employee - Engineering in San Dimas, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering in San Dimas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Good paying job for LA area if you really need to get a job.

    Cons

    Game of Thrones........
    1-Terrible top management.
    2-There are religious challenges if you don't belong to the right religion/cult.
    3-Nepotism, top management hire their relatives.
    4-People wear many hats . High turnover rate.

    Advice to Management

    Establish an independent and strong HR organization at the site level. Stop hiring new people and let them go because they have new ideas. Early retirement for the big guy is the best solution.


  10. Helpful (11)

    "A place where your political skills matter more than your technical skills"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Seattle, WA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good campus and facilities, some genuinely good people that do a lot of the heavy lifting to enable the "climbers and political types" to shine.

    Cons

    Absolutely heartless place where you will be sure to be reprimanded for any small mistake but never be commended for all the hard work. A place where favoritism is rampant in all department and systems are antiquated.
    Genuine scientific dialog is frowned upon in meetings because one must park their brains at the door and execute on what had been dictated from top down, even if it does not make sense.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the doers and reward them because without them the success of the organization remains in jeopardy


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