Gilead Sciences Reviews

Updated May 18, 2022

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Pros
  • "Great benefits and a generally good atmosphere(in 168 reviews)
  • "Great for people entering the industry(in 104 reviews)
  • "The pay was good but now other companies are at the same level or above.(in 58 reviews)
  • "Good salaries & benefits(in 38 reviews)
  • "Great teams and well coordinated(in 24 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Fantastic Environment

    May 18, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Great Environment to grow and build your experience

    Cons

    Larger company means you don’t always get exposed to other departments/fields.

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  2. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Inclusive, Rewarding

    Apr 19, 2022 - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
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    Pros

    Incredible comp package and ability to grow within role, as long as you are motivated and willing to own your development. Company is supportive of remote workers making us feel part of corporate culture. Most inclusive & diverse company I’ve ever worked for in 20+ years!

    Cons

    Lack of consistent leadership, lean teams & terrible HR Talent Management mean you own your own development and progression 100% on your own. HR & IT are some of the worst I’ve seen in the industry, shocking at such a large organization. Total career and role-relevant experience mean little in your career progression, meaning many leaders of departments and BUs are unprepared and out of their league.

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  3. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Favorite company in my career so far

    Mar 18, 2022 - Accounting Manager in Foster City, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Benefits here are spectacular - from: - insurance - 401K - company shut downs for 1 week twice a year (July, December) + 3 wks of vacation - wellness center (completely new) - wellness reimbursement - bonus is great and achievable - i came from a previous company where there were KPIs for each person and people would have to write "exception essays" to the MBO committee to fight for their bonus - work commuting busses/shuttles Benefits make all the difference. Regarding work: - this place is the right place for you if you are OK with change and are OK with experiencing new projects/new work that would not be mundane/repetitive. Ex: ERP upgrades - People are nice here. I don't see many micro-managers. Work life balance is what you make of it. You need to set your own boundaries. I can see that there are many demanding projects and work. Sure, it's team dependent and project dependent, but it's up to you to communicate what works for you. Work has been busier more than ever since the ERP upgrade but I commitments to use the wellness center twice a week at lunch and people respect that.

    Cons

    Work life balance could be challenging for some. But see comment above.

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  4. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Managing Up

    Feb 14, 2022 - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
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    Pros

    Gilead pays competitively, allows remote and hybrid work, and has above average health and welfare benefits. They generally try and create a respectful and supportive work environment.

    Cons

    There is a reasonably high amount of turnover in the finance and accounting organizations. This leads to a constant shifting of workload to those remaining. Management doesn't seem to realize that ignoring festering problems - even if small on a day-to-day basis - can lead to larger issues and extreme employee dissatisfaction. You can have top-shelf benefits (100% match on 401k up to $15k peryear), for example, but if employees feel isolated, frustrated and generally fail to feel fulfilled by their role in anyway, they will leave at first chance. I would add that the company seems to think that regularly sending emails urging employees to join the Gilead Pac and attend meetings with members of Congress represents an acceptable practice. Frankly, the excessive influence of Big pharma companies on the US government's spending decisions (through Medicare and Medicaid) should be scandalous but advertising spend in major media keeps companies like Gilead out of the news.

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    4 people found this review helpful
  5. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Good place to work

    Apr 21, 2022 - Director 
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    Pros

    Good company, pays well. Flexible work schedule

    Cons

    A large company in transition, very political as any large company. You spend a lot of time censuring your true opinions. I am not sure many get to express their true opinions, some departments are quite hierarchical, preventing the emergence of new and innovative ideas.

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  6. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 8 years

    Great Company but AWFUL middle management

    Apr 27, 2022 - Associate Scientist in Foster City, CA
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    Pros

    Great benefits, competitive pay, nice campus and perks. The company strives to be a good force in the world. The company is very stable with a strong outlook for the future.

    Cons

    Little opportunity for advancement, promotions are rare for most people. Heavy workloads can make it difficult to maintain work/life balance. The company has an amazing ability to find people with poor interpersonal skills and promote them to supervisory roles; then they wonder why so many employees leave.

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    4 people found this review helpful
  7. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Best company culture

    May 9, 2022 - MBA Summer Intern in Foster City, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Gilead is a fantastic company, and I loved that they are strongly focused in diversity and inclusion.

    Cons

    I didn't find any downsides from this company.

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  8. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Good company to work

    May 3, 2022 - Senior Softare Engineer 
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    Pros

    Very good company to work. Nice work culture. Very open. Excellent facility in Foster City, CA.

    Cons

    Very slow growth and slow adaptation of new technology. Old school structure in all departments.

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  9. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Great company

    May 9, 2022 - Director in Foster City, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Mission driven and good comps

    Cons

    Can get bureaucratic and political at times

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  10. 5.0
    Current Employee

    I plan on being here for my entire career

    Mar 12, 2022 - Senior Manager in Foster City, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Company that is creating possible and changing the world is full of brilliant persons, most of whom really do buy-in to the core values of integrity, accountability, teamwork, excellence, and inclusion. I have been here over a decade and Gilead is what it claims to be.

    Cons

    As with most organizations, your manager has significant impact on your career progression. But they do not control it outright, and there is always someone willing to listen and lend a hand if you think your manager is not doing all they can to help you along.

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Gilead Sciences Reviews FAQs

Gilead Sciences has an overall rating of 3.8 out of 5, based on over 1,611 reviews left anonymously by employees. 74% of employees would recommend working at Gilead Sciences to a friend and 61% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has been stable over the past 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Gilead Sciences employees rate their compensation and benefits as 4.3 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Gilead Sciences. This rating has been stable over the past 12 months.

74% of Gilead Sciences employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Gilead Sciences 3.3 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.7 for culture and values and 3.4 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at Gilead Sciences to be career development, coworkers, benefits and the cons to be senior leadership, culture, management.

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