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Gilead Sciences Reviews

Updated October 13, 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 not the best (in 96 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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    • Senior Management
    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. "Associate Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Agile and flexible work environment.

    Cons

    Need to be a self-starter and motivated to learn.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Sr. Research Associate I"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Gym, Stocks, Free Food, Location

    Cons

    No advancement opportunities. Overworked, need more help, but management doesn't care as long as things are getting done.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Disorganized"

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

    Pros

    Little organization and guidance leads to a lot of autonomy and independent decision making

    Cons

    Independent decision making is apparently frowned upon. Initiative is also frowned upon.

    Advice to Management

    Cascade goals, and when direction is obviously needed, provide the direction. When latitude is available, clearly state the latitude.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Sr Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Robin (CFO) is a great

    Cons

    where do I start? this place does not have human kindness and this place is not what you know rather who you know. Bosses will come to face and say its better you quit. Rally the most horrible place I ever worked. I went into sever depression and had no self stem due the way I was treated. Long story short I have found a great job and folks that I can relate to and a n environment where I can thrive and grow.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you listen and know whats going on under your nose. No wonder there are so many employee relate law suits that is being filed all the time. I have not seen a company with this many law suits in my 25 years of me being in the workforce.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Sr CTMA"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior CTMA in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior CTMA in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, budget, therapies, access program, medication assistance

    Cons

    Horrible management, no corporate culture, no direction or training

    Advice to Management

    Allow employees to switch line managers if there is a clear conflict. This was not afforded to me.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "You have been warned"

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The cafeterias are nice. Each time a drug goes on the market, you get a cute gift. Company shuts down for xmas. Some people are nice.

    Cons

    Many people here have written about Gilead running lean and the long hours you will work. And while that may be true for some, it is not much different than any other biotech. We work hard no matter where we go.

    The issue with Gilead is that the people there are awful. They will backstab you, try and sabotage your project, falsify data, walk all over you and NO ONE CARES. It is the norm.

    I was never yelled at by anyone I worked with until I went to Gilead. Despite the fact that I worked very hard, and was very successful in my experiments, when I was attacked by a colleague, no one did anything. In fact, I was told I needed to do a better job at not getting so upset. That's when I decided to leave. How can you possibly tell someone they need to get better at taking abuse?

    When I left and shared all of this with HR, the woman acted so appalled. But you know what? There still was nothing done to end the behavior. The person who was abusing me (and many others) has never been disciplined.

    I can tell you, quite honestly, this is the worst place I have ever worked for. They pay less than everyone else, they don't care about you or your happiness, there are all kinds of weird inappropriate relationships going on that determine the success of the projects, and it often times feels more like a pick up scene than a workplace. People are so unhappy. They have been treated so badly and there is no recourse for them. There is no one there to help them. I honestly did not meet one single person who said they were happy working for Gilead.

    Also, the people may be smart, but they are far behind on technologies and many of them are missing key skills to get new jobs. It's a sad place and I advise that, if you can, go anywhere else but here. Until they start showing they actually care about their people and their culture, this place is going to continue to sink.

    Advice to Management

    Get it together. You cannot continue to allow people to be treated horribly by their coworkers and their supervisors. It is a disgrace that your HR would allow this to go on for so long. Soon enough, people are going to catch on to who you are and you will not be able to recruit any good talent.
    I suggest a proactive action from HR where the people who are repeat offenders and abusers are eliminated to set an example for the others. Put someone in HR in each building to watch over things and be there for the employees. That way, these things can be caught quickly.

  8. "associate director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Medical Director in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Medical Director in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    good environment, good environmet, good

    Cons

    micro mana ge me nt

    Advice to Management

    none


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Drug Safety"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    They offer great benefits (eg. vacation sick leave etc)

    Cons

    There is a high turn around


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed Reviews"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Great Products, very smart people who are focused around saving lives.

    Cons

    Company still suffers from infrastructure issues, very long hours, hardly any worklife balance. Easy to get burnt out.

    Advice to Management

    Really pay attention to employee population and what they're saying.


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