Gilead Sciences Reviews

Updated May 7, 2021

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  • "great money, great benefits, professionals that know what they are doing(in 75 reviews)

  • "The company has very good benefits(in 49 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "work life balance is not that good(in 144 reviews)

  • "Poor upper management and no sense of team work among peers(in 44 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year
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      BioPharma opportunity

      Jan 6, 2021 - Senior Director in Seattle, WA
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      Pros

      Ability to move laterally and gain broad experience

      Cons

      To be successful, should be tolerant of change as company expands into new areas of research, new modalities, new markets

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Smoothest Hiring Process Ever

      Apr 16, 2021 - Invoice Operations Specialist in Raleigh, NC
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      Pros

      I must acknowledge that the interview process with Gilead Sciences was the best that I have experienced thus far in my career.

      Cons

      No cons to share at this time.

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Amazing growth and learning opportunities

      May 4, 2021 - Senior Manager (HR) in Foster City, CA
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      Pros

      Gilead allows eager, motivated, proactive and resourceful individuals the opportunities to grow and develop their own careers. There is never a lack of opportunity to take on more and truly learn and grow. Amazing pay and benefits. Multi layered benefits for health and wellbeing and other fringe benefits. Mission driven company with a lot of purpose. Taking the time to understand how we work, why certain things work the way they, and what we give back makes working for Gilead feel really good. You truly feel like you're contributing to our mission every day. Smart, driven talent you can learn a lot from

      Cons

      If you're passionate about your work, you'll find yourself working a lot of hours. The tools and resources needed to get impactful work done quickly are not always there and so man hours are needed.

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    4. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Bad Leadership and Fragmented Operations

      May 5, 2021 - Associate Director in Foster City, CA
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      Pros

      Overall company reputation, compensation, benefits are good in comparison to many other BioTech companies in the Bay Area. Lots of recent investments in employee wellness and increased benefits programs. Commuter bus program, flexible schedule options. May get opportunities for growth if in the right department.

      Cons

      The leadership within many departments is just incompetent. I would call them fake news. They seem to just care to get themselves ahead. A lot of leaders care about managing upwards and pleasing their bosses even if they may be wrong or just immature. Many leaders just talk and can walk the talk. Many are good at just putting together good presentations but actually fail in implementing the change or operationalize the strategy laid out. In most cases, the leadership is hypocritical in their own behavior and just looks at short-term goals. All major departments operate in silos and just are clueless about what is going on with other departments even if they may be dependent on each other. Leaders need to instill a culture of inclusivity and trust among departments. Many of our departments in our organization operate for individual department success and not the success of Gilead as a whole.

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    5. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      seeking to provide a balanced viewpoint

      Apr 15, 2021 - Executive Director 
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      Pros

      People, mission, compensation/benefits, putting patients at center

      Cons

      New leaders have come in, and while change is needed for Gilead to continue to grow and diversify out of virology, it should keep the best of what got it here. New leaders have not endeared themselves to the company employees--I recognize the pandemic has contributed to this--but efforts have been slow and they are largely silent and unseen. They have also help create an "old vs new" by creating a very top-heavy structure of VPs and SVPs, almost all from GNE or similar, and indicating that the talent here isn't ready for these roles. Meanwhile, those who have been here through the successes, are at ED level and looking at glass ceilings but expected to break backs to get things done and lead large teams. These leaders came from other big companies but were not the reasons those companies succeeded, and many of them were Senior Directors or ED at other companies and got VP level jobs here. No one knows what they do. Portfolio decisions are not made, but rather nickel and dime and grind teams to death, avoiding to make decisions.

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Rollercoaster

      Apr 18, 2021 - Senior Research Associate II in Oceanside, CA
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      Pros

      Amazing benefits Good work life balance but that depends on which group you are in. Lots of learning opportunities to learn technical skills and enhance interpersonal skills. They are focusing more on individual career development and growth.

      Cons

      Promotion process is very slow and may seem unfair in certain cases. Everyone has to wear multiple hats for helping and supporting processes. Recently leadership has been over reaching wrt monitoring what employees are doing day to day as most of us are still working from home.

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Good company in a growth phase

      Mar 3, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Among the top tier in compensation; good benefits; Diversity is inclusive of LGBTQA community, and new goals around furthering diversity and inclusion for BIPOC community (still work to be done). New leadership in last two years seems to be moving in the right direction. Drugs are impactful for patients. Strong ERGs. Highly supportive of employees throughout the pandemic. Opportunity to be impactful during the growth stage.

      Cons

      There are still silos that need to be broken down. Micromanagement/ decision making not delegated correctly are issues. Current processes are lacking and there is duplicative work and inefficiencies. Company is in the process of growing to the next level - which is both good and difficult. Love that it is growing - it needs to - but am sometimes frustrated that it hasn't already grown and/or that some of the people who have been around for a long time don't see the need for change.

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great place to work!

      May 6, 2021 - Manager in Foster City, CA
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      Pros

      Outstanding salary and benefits package, and good work culture.

      Cons

      Career growth is slow-paced, promotions take a while

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Stable job

      May 7, 2021 - Senior Research Associate I in Foster City, CA
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      Pros

      Big company, good job security

      Cons

      Low potential benefit to stock incentives

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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great company

      May 6, 2021 - Manager 
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      Pros

      Nice working environment and great people

      Cons

      Not fabulous pay and low career growth rate

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