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Gilead Sciences Reviews

Updated July 13, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great benefits, great leadership, teamwork" (in 42 reviews)

  • "Great team of people to work with, good benefits, good work-life balance" (in 31 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work-life balance is lip service" (in 114 reviews)

  • "No work life balance because of the heavy work load" (in 30 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (5)

    "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great leadership, teamwork

    Cons

    No plan to implement WFH Fridays

    Advice to Management

    WFH Fridays


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Therapeutic Specialist"

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

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Arguably the most successful U.S. drug company... ever. Generous equity stake & overall compensation. Truly game-changing patient treatment options for multiple disease states. Launching the first-ever QD HIV regimen was a uniquely exciting & rewarding experience.

    Cons

    As the company grew, the culture suffered in all of the typical/cliche ways. But, to be fair, has any company ever been able to actually avoid this?

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to create more autonomy for top-tier salesperson talent. Everyone understands the current level of regulatory scrutiny and the consequences of non-compliance. Current "micro-management" focused on this issue passed the level of drastically diminishing returns long ago. Elite and seasoned reps need more opportunities to problem-solve "outside the box" in order to deliver elite & seasoned rep results. The best way to limit regulatory non-compliance liability is with severe & decisive discipline that makes no exceptions. But trust first within reason.

  3. "Technical Trainer"

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    Current Employee - Technical Trainer in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Trainer in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company culture and great people to work with

    Cons

    Fast pace environment but fun culture


  4. "Great 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

    Lean structure but employees really seem engaged and passionate about their work.

    Cons

    Fast-paced but a fun work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Flexible work options would help


  5. "Review title"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent company to work for. Great pipeline

    Cons

    Data capture rate is poor. Very competitive


  6. "Only the Best"

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company adheres to it's core values of being scientific, data driven and working towards creating value for patients.
    Innovative
    High levels off accountability from my experience.
    Generous with compensation in terms of stocks.

    Cons

    Average performance doesn't cut it.
    Fast paced environment - work life balance not ideal a lot of times.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great company that is what it says it is."

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Belief in its vision and mission and core values is real and pervasive. Employees are empowered to be creative and bold when problem solving.

    Cons

    Very lean at only 8k employees worldwide for a company that earned 26B in revenue in 2017 means we all work a lot and have tremendous responsibility.

    Advice to Management

    Increase our salaries. Each employee accounts for more revenue (total revenue/total employees) than any other biopharmaceutical company with at least 5k employees. Yet we are paid salaries closer to the median.

  8. "Work Life"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Free Bagel Wednesdays and Free Fruit Mondays!

    Cons

    Contractors get less benefits than FTE.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "3+ years in commercial team at HQ"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    401k matching, 100% vested, up to $10k per year

    Cons

    promotions based on politics vs merit. highly dependent on ability of your direct manager to sponsor you throughout the promotions process


  10. Helpful (11)

    "Sr Manager Commercial"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall you will learn a lot at Gilead because it’s very lean as compared to big pharma. Big pharma you are limited to you JD with little room for flexibility unless it’s part of your professional development. Gilead allows you to work hard and engage with multiple projects

    Cons

    Unfortunately there are a lot of cons. The legacy VPs have been in their role too long and are not collaborating with newer employees mainly because of insecurity on their part. There have been a few leadership changes but a major reorganization is way overdue. Poor behavior is awarded it’s funny how the me too movement doesn’t cover women who bully other women in the workplace just to get to the top. Beware there are several female leaders that need coaching on how to work with other women. As for diversity Gilead is really behind the times very very few leaders in the organization that represents the world we actually live in. Unfortunately or fortunately I have a lazy boss that delegates everything so I get great experience but the down fall is work life balance is way off and my boss really hasn’t managed a team before so therefore they are even too lazy to promote or expand the group. The pay is lower compared to Genentech and the stock has suffered so they should adjust they salary package

    Advice to Management

    Please when a new Head of Commercial starts please realize you need to reorganize the company for it to thrive for the next few years and really assess are the VPs you currently have are going to help you succeed or harm the company because of their own selfish reasons


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