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Gilead Sciences Reviews

Updated June 18, 2018
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Gilead Sciences President & CEO John Milligan
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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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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. Helpful (8)

    "Sr Manager Commercial"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Excellent scientist, mediocre people management"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (12)

    "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.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "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

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Stable, but they put you in a box"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Foster City, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company stability, Interesting Science, Stock options

    Cons

    Lack of ability to see employee strengths and allow them to use those strengths
    Low pay per industry
    "We run lean" is company motto

    Advice to Management

    Allow more flexibility with your employees
    Work life balance philosophy needs improving


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Culture & leadership needs severe help"

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

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    R&D is pretty cool. Lifesaving medications being developed. Because they don't typically invent it, they buy it, but nonetheless they are saving lives. Has the potential to be a cool company.

    Cons

    Decision making process is awful. Supervisors need significant training to manage people. There is a do it right the first time or be fired on the spot mentality which does not foster growth or trust. It is a very backstabbing, passive aggressive culture. People are not direct. The M&A process is not transparent even to the people who help make it happen. Diversity and inclusion is on paper only and is not practiced in the company. Everyone is scared of everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Better train your people managers to manage people. Create an actual training program that is mandatory. Help people better adjust to the culture.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "IT Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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