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Gilead Sciences Reviews

Updated September 12, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great benefits, great leadership, teamwork" (in 42 reviews)

  • "Good benefits; good culture; decent place to work for" (in 34 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work-life balance is lip service" (in 116 reviews)

  • "No work life balance because of the heavy work load" (in 32 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (7)

    "Great company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great leadership, teamwork

    Cons

    No plan to implement WFH Fridays

    Advice to Management

    WFH Fridays


  2. "Technical Trainer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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. "Senior programmer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good 401k match, sick leave and ptos. Love the presence of the buildings.

    Cons

    Not very flexible working environment. Too many layers.
    You have to pay for charging an electric car which is more expensive than at home.


  4. "Admin Coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities to stretch and grow as an individual.

    Cons

    Not enough opportunities for growth in admin job family.

    Advice to Management

    Create opportunity for growth past Admin Coordinator or path to other job families.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Its ok"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company does good for the world

    Cons

    No career progression or transparency

    Advice to Management

    Stop lying to employees about career opportunities.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Lean company, employees are overworked."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Worker in San Dimas, CA
    Current Employee - Worker in San Dimas, CA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and good pay.

    Cons

    Too many chiefs and not enough indians. They overwork us, the employees, sometimes working 14+hrs a day and expect high quality of work. Very lean when it comes to the workers, yet there's many management positions just giving orders.

    Advice to Management

    Interact with your employees. Get to know them.


  7. "HVAC technician (residential)"

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    Current Employee - HVAC Technician
    Current Employee - HVAC Technician
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I am dedicated to performing good work to those that appreciate it.

    Cons

    Doesn't put up with BS

    Advice to Management

    Dependable

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Lean Culture. Overworked. Underpaid. Low Titles/Levels. Fast paced."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly competent and qualified peers. Gilead hires the best in the industry. Good benefits. You will learn more in 2 years than you will learn in 10 years working elsewhere. Exposure to valuable knowledge. RSUs. HR development programs. Great training. Well structured organization. Welcomes change. Good company to learn the job and industry.

    Cons

    No work-life balance. Overworked - on average 10-12 hours per day. No WFH. No flexible business hours. Uncompetitive salaries. Promotion based on politics versus merit. Hard to move up or around.

    Advice to Management

    Implement a WFH policy. Promote Work-life balance. Promote on merit. Recalibrate your salaries and job levels to match the industry standards.


  9. "Executive Therapeutic Specialist"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Autonomy as long as goals are hit.

    Cons

    Sales data reporting is extremely unfair.


  10. "QA Specialist 1"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    start-up feel with big company money

    Cons

    very lean, and expects results very quickly


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