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Gilead Sciences Reviews

Updated March 24, 2019
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Pros
  • "Great benefits and reasonable goals" (in 44 reviews)

  • "Great team of people to work with, good benefits, good work-life balance" (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • "can challenge work life balance" (in 119 reviews)

  • "No work/life balance which they are quite proud of" (in 33 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Director in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    A company with an inspiring mission and incredible track record of developing products that transform patients lives and impact public health.

    Cons

    Going through a period of organisational and senior management change having not seen its strongest period of growth.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on good people management and development opportunities for staff. Less of a focus on inclusion initiatives that achieve the opposite.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Technical Trainer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Trainer in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Trainer in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company culture and great people to work with

    Cons

    Fast pace environment but fun culture

  3. "Great Learning Experience"

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    Former Employee - Medicinal Chemistry Intern
    Former Employee - Medicinal Chemistry Intern

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

    Pros

    Hands on experience, surrounded by the best and brightest, cutting edge research and equipment

    Cons

    None, though it is a corporate environment, which is not for everyone.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great company....depends on dept."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits, gets better every year. New initiatives/incentives to compete in growing industry.

    Cons

    Moves fast. Behind in technology. Slow to adapt to industry standards.

    Advice to Management

    Inclusion.


  5. "Company cares for it's patients and the global community"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, Good culture, fast paced

    Cons

    some groups have too much politics and favoritism . Difficult to adjust in some groups

    Advice to Management

    make harsh decisions where needed, hold people accountable


  6. "Tough place to work but good for career overall"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Scientist I in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Scientist I in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    1] Exposure to development (preclinical and clinical) organization and project teams
    2] Company size makes it possible to meet a lot of people outside of one's discipline
    3] Good benefits and holiday time

    Cons

    1] Intense and often toxic work culture and hard to advance
    2] rapid growth of the company has been completely mismanaged


  7. "Great Place To Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Therapeutic Specialist in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Therapeutic Specialist in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture and focused on patients.

    Cons

    Perform or go. Becoming more KPI driven

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Dysfunctional management/processes within much of PDM"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Great people
    Smart people
    Dedicated people
    Awesome science that helps people around the globe

    Cons

    Dysfunctional management
    Poor communication from management
    Overly complex processes and territorial/siloed management
    Favoritism within management/leadership
    Poor performance management process
    Management does not hold themselves/others accountable

    Advice to Management

    Clean house within the management ranks. Too many directors directing themselves. Hire leaders who care about people, leaders who hold themselves and other to high standards of professionalism, leaders who are willing to be candid, transparent, and courageous.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Incredible learning, but at times it was tough being a woman of color there"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director
    Former Employee - Senior Director
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus with ample parking, wonderful perks and facilities, lovely offices, nice cafes. In my years there I saw an evolution in many positive ways, with increasing employee perks like commuter benefits and cafe improvements. The pace is incredible and the learning opportunities abound. I felt secure in my job and had the chance to learn across multiple diseases. I met some wonderfully dedicated people and some genius scientists too! Bottom line, learned a ton and met many friends for life. Thanks Gilead and bravo for the courage to tackle terrible diseases like HIV and Hepatitis C.

    Cons

    My experience being a minority woman at times was very hard and discouraging. Diversity/inclusion issues was ultimately a main driver for my leaving as there is a old club mentality and tribalism that felt very hard to break through after a certain level. There are a lot of public efforts in D&I across the company, but it's all a work in progress. Over time I felt my career options would be limited or delayed since I am a woman of color. I truly hope the new CEO tackles this key issue which may be driving (some) people away and limiting the power of its existing talent. Of course different groups may not have had the same D&I challenges; this was just my personal experience among many great ones.

    Advice to Management

    Seek , hire, and retain the best person for each role, even if this person is not a trusted white male insider. Harness top talent (of every race, gender, etc) and empower them to guide you to the best decisions for each project.


  10. "great overall company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA

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

    Pros

    amazing benefits and liver disease pipeline

    Cons

    lean and green, inefficient systems

    Advice to Management

    continue supporting your direct reports to increase motivation