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Gilead Sciences Reviews

Updated May 18, 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 a struggle (in 113 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 (1)

    "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. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent scientist, mediocre people management"

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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

    Large variety of projects, potential exposure to different programs and therapeutic areas, interaction with talented and competent subject matter experts. Good salary and excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Upper management set with approaches that were more suitable for when the company was much smaller. Hard to break through the barrier of old-timers. Inability to delegate and empower quite common. Despite being a multinational company, often times a US-centric mentality seems to prevail.

    Advice to Management

    Delegate and trust your staff, especially those who have been at the company for at least tow or three years. Stop thinking according to the "Gilead-way". Don't expect high productivity by adding workload.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

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

    Pros

    Stock program, highly competitive, good people, good opportunity for growth

    Cons

    Too much pressure, goals at times not realistic

    Advice to Management

    More realistic goals and tone down pressure


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Pressure-cooker environment"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has overall good values and focus on science. The salary and benefits seem competitive for similar jobs in the area.

    Cons

    Extremely high-pressure high-workload environment. I have not seen anything like that within 10 years of my tenure in the industry. Work-life balance is lip service. The technology is ancient. If you start here, you will have to work on Windows that is 9 years old (I remember switching to it 10 years ago). Mac users - forget it; you will have to learn PC (the 9-year old software). Extremely blameful no-failure environment; mistakes are not forgiven.

    Advice to Management

    Strongly enforce work-life balance and reduce employee workload, otherwise, the turnover will continue. Upgrade technology and allow Mac's, otherwise, the most creative people will leave. Encourage mistakes and risk-taking, otherwise, creativity will stifle.


  6. "IT Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gilead Sciences (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent compensation, benefits, and stability.

    Cons

    High work load, stress, lack of teamwork within some groups.


  7. "Great place to work"

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

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    awesome benefits and a great place to work

    Cons

    lack of nice Gym facilities and no free meals or snacks provided

  8. Helpful (1)

    "REVIEW"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Challenging, team environment, interaction with many functional areas

    Cons

    Promotion priority given to men


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Great Company - Poor management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Gilead is definitively best in class biotech for the quality of the Research and TAs. Very high level staff in every dpt
    Extremely IT driven with fast working pace
    Attractive Comp&Ben

    Cons

    The system is spoiled by very low level HR people - among the worst I faced in my career
    They are not able to identify abusers, and treat them as such.
    A strong improvement is needed here


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Not a Good Choice"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Gilead offers a good compensation package, including salary, bonuses, stock and ESOP.

    Cons

    Gilead strives to get the most out of its employees, and not by way of professional development. While it prides itself on "being lean by design" it boils down to being a sweat shop geared for burn out in approximately 2-3 years, which is about the average length of stay for most employees. While the compensation may be enticing, in the long run it is not worth it.

    Gilead is also a very male-driven company, far behind the times when it comes to truly creating a even playing field for women.

    Advice to Management

    Partner with forward-thinking companies when it comes to ensuring equality in the work place and taking care of your primary stakeholders (employees). This will require a very radical cultural shift that can only be navigated with the full buy-in and unrelenting cultural change management. You have a long way to go.


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