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Gilead Sciences Reviews

Updated June 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Great company mission and great benefits (in 37 reviews)

  • Gilead also promotes from within and works with its employees to develop their careers and maintain work-life balance (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance could be improved (in 93 reviews)

  • There is no work life balance at all this is that old way of thinking mandated by the CEO (in 27 reviews)

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  1. "a well-oiled machine!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    a very lean company which allows for greater experience.

    Cons

    a very lean company which means greater work load.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the Great Work!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Really enjoy working here"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Data Management- Contractor in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Data Management- Contractor in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great Manager
    - Somewhat flexible hours
    - Lovely campus
    - competitive salary

    Managers are very knowledgeable, and hands off
    Really try to work with you

    Cons

    - cannot work from home too much

    In general I love working at Gilead, and have learned alot from here.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Gilead Sciences"

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

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

    Pros

    financially solid company
    growth and internal opportunities

    Cons

    culture is not for the thin skinned or sensitive type

    Advice to Management

    push on


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Good company with high expectations"

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting and important products, smart and friendly coworkers, and high standards for work performance which I think is important for a company's success. In my experience, salaries are slightly above industry average, and the stock grants have gained in value.

    Cons

    I agree with others that the workload can be very high, and result in no work/life balance. No work from home policy.

    Advice to Management

    Senior leadership should take time to talk to the people who do the hands on work - they have a lot of insight as to what's going on, and how decisions play out. Ask around some before making an important decision. I'm a mid-level manager, and I see a big gap between the people above me & the people below me on the org chart.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Gilead Sciences"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly Working Environment and learned alot of things

    Cons

    I had a great experience, no cons.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Good fit for self-motivated, performance driven, get it done individuals that do not need pats on the back"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation is respectable; Pay for performance
    Very defined culture (it is either for you or not)
    Very smart peers/colleagues so you can learn a lot here
    Job Security- great pipeline and company is growing faster than infrastructure can accommodate
    Company value and therefore total compensation

    Cons

    Low rewards/recognition
    Must prepared to work a lot of hours
    Everyone is doing the job of 2 people
    Lots of turnover

    Advice to Management

    Keep making smart decisions for the organization.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "great company to work for"

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

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

    Pros

    great opportunities for professional growth and development

    Cons

    fast growth is not always managed well

  8. Helpful (3)

    "If you are willing to work hard, there are opportunities"

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

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

    Pros

    Great pipeline, fast-moving, less bureaucratic than Big Pharma, flat hierarchies so lots of exposure to senior management

    Cons

    High workload, slow to adopt technological innovation, tendency of management to micromanage

    Advice to Management

    Embrace innovation and trust your employees to make good decisions


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Friendly coworkers and caring/understanding bosses."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Fun activities at least once a month.

    Cons

    Too few employees for the amount of work.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "So far so good"

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

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

    Pros

    Great team, great incentives, good location, good science

    Cons

    little behind on some newest technology


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