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Gilead Sciences Reviews

Updated September 16, 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 could be improved (in 96 reviews)

  • No work life balance because of the heavy work load (in 28 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "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. "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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  5. "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


  6. "Mixed Reviews"

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    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.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "No Money"

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist 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

    High powered project teams and fast timelines means you get to see drugs you work on go into the clinic and help patients (provided you work on antivirals.)

    Cons

    Scientists get paid dirt compared to people with similar education and experience in other areas. This is not Gilead's fault, but if you are a scientist here you will not be able to afford to rent or own a house in town and will be stuck commuting for hours, unless you have a wealthy spouse or parents, etc. Despite having recently helped launch the biggest drug ever, my total compensation has dropped for three years straight. My kid now walks home from school alone because I can't afford an after school program, and I have to do side work on the weekends to make ends meet. They're threatening to put us in open floor plan office spaces and that may be the last straw for me.

    Advice to Management

    Salaries here are not keeping pace with the cost of living in the bay area. Fix it!

  8. "401k"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Getting better all the time

    Cons

    None at the moment. t


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Another one for "money doesn't buy happiness or job satisfaction...""

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Good compensation, nice facilities, some good people

    Cons

    Worst senior leadership I've seen, "unwritten rules", analysis paralysis, quirky cast of characters in prominent roles, TY "blacklist", "our way or the highway" mentality, avoid PDM, not enough kool aid to go around, not as progressive as other companies when it comes to work life flexibility

    Advice to Management

    Your not the type to look in the mirror, so I'm not sure it would matter anyway - but start replacing senior legacy leaders in PDM. They aren't ready to manage a maturing company - the start up days are over.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Money can't buy happiness"

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

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    One of the best 401k matches in the Bay Area. Beautiful campus

    Cons

    Very weak pipeline in research. Company is ok and stable for now but with the rapidly declining revenues and competition from Abbvie, an M&A of a company with a late stage molecule is desperately needed.
    Depending on your manager, career development will come by at a snail's pace.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes monetary compensation isn't enough to keep top talent. We want more responsibilities and a clearly defined path for career growth and development. Also, a great individual contributor isn't necessarily fit to manage a team. Suggest weekly coaching for these less than competent people managers.


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