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Gilead Sciences Reviews

Updated July 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Great company mission and great benefits (in 37 reviews)

  • Gilead also promotes from within and works with its employees to develop their careers and maintain work-life balance (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance could be improved (in 94 reviews)

  • There is no work life balance at all this is that old way of thinking mandated by the CEO (in 27 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Hierarchical, good for 3-5 years (Dev ops)"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Usual: Complimentary parking everywhere. Large campus. Lake in the middle of campus. Good subsidized food, especially the salad bar. Great people to work with. 401k match. Espp up to 15% salary. Offices for managers or higher levels. Gym nearby, on campus for FTEs. Shuttles to SF, East Bay, and South Bay (new so still working it kinks). Good training and learning opportunities depending on level. Business class travel for international business trips. Depending on Dept, can show appreciation for one another via value at works awards or Gilead thanks which is great.

    Overall great place to work and build your network, your skill sets, and opportunity to work in and learn to excel in a matrixed environment. Compared to a start up, great hours! Compared to start up, great place to make mistakes (or to practice things by trial and error) and learn from them. Being a fast learner is appreciated here and how one excels. Being able to navigate through the mean girls and narcissists and talkers is a good skill to learn too, and how one excels. Gilead is open about this: people hang out and chat with one another with ulterior motives; you might scratch their back later if they scratch yours. Side conversations are where all the real stuff happens.

    Good place to work for 3-5 years. I appreciate the opportunity to experience so much professionally in such a short amount of time. I'd rather learn here than somewhere else! Mostly friendly culture which makes it easier.

    Cons

    People are not technologically savvy here, and that's a problem because time, resources could be saved. Company cares too​ much about cyber security threats. Let us get newer office suite! Jeez. Why are senior leadership bogged down with this responsibility when the day to day experiences with software are had by the worker bees?

    Old version of Google chrome is used because they can't figure out how to get their regulated software to work (suuure).

    Culture is bipolar, risk takers on submissions and bulldogs to health authorities - and big proponents of going fast in general - but conservative in internal treatment of staff and handling difficult situations; and promotions (read other's reviews here). Can lead to passive aggressive attacks when forced to work with people even though you dislike one another simply b/c managers don't want to rock the boat or cause drama. Address the issues within group or team head on in a timely manner. Rip off the band-aid! Low quotas for promotion each year. Small raises each year even as a rockstar. Segue to...

    So much drama (read: politics) which isn't a huge surprise given hierarchical culture. Too much deference given to and power willingly given up by lower levels to senior middle management for their agreement, or buy in. Can't people make a decision themselves these days? Take a stand, have an opinion and justify it but be willing to be wrong or rejected.

    Too much separation between senior leadership and everyone else. The problems they want to address are very different from the ones I'd like to address.

    Also lack of knowledge about what everyone's role is.

    Advice to Management

    HR, Educate everyone on what their roles are. Build incentives structure for compassion and kindness in team dynamic. Get better newer software please. Dying here. Address hierarchical problems by getting senior leadership to be more approachable or compassionate. Show you value efficient approach re: people to people problems, not just the business metrics. They're interrelated! People are all human but somehow there's a tendency for people to get treated as lesser than. If they don't feel good, you think they're going to go that extra step just 'cause? Treat compassion to project leads and MDs. Give coaching to managers on how to see someone's strengths and utilize them fully.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Security Dept."

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    Former Employee - Security Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Security Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Employee favors or benefits are prolific.

    Cons

    Tough on employees and security personnel in daily dealings.

    Advice to Management

    Not so heavy handed on employees and security dept.

  3. "Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Smart, Hard-Working Dedicated Team!

    Cons

    Work Life balance is not the best


  4. "Good as training ground"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will learn a lot as the amount of work load is heavy.

    Cons

    No work life balance because of the heavy work load.

    Advice to Management

    Please show respect to everybody.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Site VP leaves alot to desire"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Dimas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Dimas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Work with great people who are passionate about what they do and willing to put in the time to get things done correctly. Great core values on paper. Great pay and benefits.

    Cons

    VP at the So Cal site leaves a lot to be desired. Directors are in fear of losing their jobs or being persecuted for not giving in to his demands which trickles down to other employees. Little or no loyalty to employees. A great place if you are looking to join the Good Ole Boys Club, however for women looking to climb you may want to keep looking.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees. Although people are expendable they shouldn't feel like they are.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Lean and easy"

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    Current Employee - Director in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Small teams, big responsibility, lean, big impact on the world, Directors and below are competent; vps and above need to be more data and reality driven

    Cons

    Stuck in a 90's pharma model, too lean, jobs don't require you to have an actual impact, politics among VPs can be destructive


  7. "Gilead Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for overall

    Cons

    Limited flexibility in Quality processes

    Advice to Management

    Loosen up a bit,

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent, Well Run Company"

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

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    - Strong Senior Management Team
    - Decisions are based on the science or data
    - No non-sense culture when it comes to execution and performance management
    - Lean operating model, get to wear many hats and build new skill sets

    Cons

    - Company has gone through significant growth over the past 3 years, many internal systems / infrastructure, processes are now getting caught up
    - For newer employees, it can feel a little 'clinical' since most people heads-down or busy with multiple projects. It can take some time to build your internal network and understand how to navigate the organization.

    Advice to Management

    - Continue communicating the future direction and strategy of the company


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Outstanding"

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent work life balance, corporate culture and campus.

    Cons

    High cost of living makes it hard to afford a home. You should have a total household income of at least $200k to buy a condo less than an hour from the office.

    Advice to Management

    Pay better salary for mid level to make it easier for people to afford to stay and grow their Careers's here.


  10. Helpful (12)

    "5 Years at Gilead Sciences"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The learning is phenomenal because you do everything yourself - no vendor to assist. Also, you have multiple concurrent projects so there is no time to waste and no time to be bored. Your skills expand rapidly and your industry knowledge reach great heights in a very short period of time.

    Cons

    There is no time for personal life and no time for family. In order to be recognized, you have to voluntarily go above and beyond; otherwise, you will be dismissed and left out. You will be looked down on if you are an "average" performer. It's a swim or sink environment.

    Advice to Management

    1. Value and nurture your greatest asset - the employee. We work days and nights and weekends to ensure we deliver Gilead's promise to the patient. We are the worker bees who execute quickly and the results are flawless. Don't be frugal with the promotion, increase in pay, and stock rewards. In the grand scheme of things, these things are pocket change compare to Gilead's profits. 2. Promote a culture that values different perspectives. 3. People who are senior directors and above should take the time to develop people who are below them. We can do the same job over and over and do it extremely well and efficient, but it doesn't mean that we are happy. A person's growth at work has more to do with new projects, new challenges and gained knowledge and skills. This is how you engage people, especially those who are high performers.


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