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Gilead Sciences Reviews

Updated March 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits and innovative science (in 35 reviews)

  • The company is fast paced, but it's rewarding (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • Difficulty with work/life balance (in 87 reviews)

  • There is no work life balance at all this is that old way of thinking mandated by the CEO (in 24 reviews)

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  1. "Good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people, data driven, patients first

    Cons

    Lean work environment, long work hours


  2. "Great place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Document Processor in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Document Processor in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, competitive perks, intelligent and cutting-edge atmosphere. Gilead also promotes from within and works with its employees to develop their careers and maintain work-life balance

    Cons

    Pay is average, could be higher considering that most roles carry a large workload at this lean company. Given the pace of our submissions we could draw more competitive employees with higher salaries.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the company "lean" like it is, consider raising salaries in order to attract top talent since the stock price is not great at the moment.


  3. "Great intern experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Composed of very friendly and hardworking colleagues.

    Cons

    Working at the larger sites may be difficult to move up


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  5. "Hard Work, Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Med Affairs
    Current Employee - Med Affairs
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    benefits, bonus, travel, rewarding, decisions are medically driven

    Cons

    lean, high workload, fast paced


  6. "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - 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

    Amazing mission orientated company. Employees are brilliant, passionate and caring people. People really work hard - lots of opportunity

    Cons

    Work-life balance. Too few employees

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the Gilead culture


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Responsibly lean?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Life at Gilead is rich and dynamic. They are a forward looking dynamic company with a scientific focus I have not seen elsewhere in Pharma.

    Cons

    The speed and dynamism of the company comes at a cost. The company is deliberately understaffed to help you make decisions on doing the important things but unfortunately still expects you to do enough of the unimportant things that work life balance goes out of the window

    Advice to Management

    You pay good money to hire outstanding staff, who leave because they are overburdened by admin. Either trust your staff to do a good job with fewer metrics or hire a sensible number of admins


  8. "Sr Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ammenities, Cafeteria, Transportation, Location, Benefits

    Cons

    Little appreciation, Micromanagement. Working in silos, Cooperation, Flexibility
    Resources


  9. Helpful (2)

    "QC Chemist"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QC Chemist in Cork (Ireland)
    Former Employee - QC Chemist in Cork (Ireland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Gilead is a really nice place to work, with really friendly and supportive staff. The work they do is very interesting

    Cons

    Too much workload on some teams within the QC department.
    The wages are low when compared to similar roles in the pharmaceutical industry


  10. "poor business climate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salary, Innovation, science driven, pipeline, research

    Cons

    work ambiance, talent development mostly scientists, no justice,


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Old school company."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in San Dimas, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Dimas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary, bonuses, stocks options. There is nothing else to mention here. Well, maybe the location is not that bad but still the area is quite expensive

    Cons

    No structure, not open to suggestions, no career path, old mafia rules all important decisions. Very conservative in terms of process improvement changes. Old school

    Advice to Management

    If you hire new people with broad experiences, then use them. Be able to accept new suggestions and challenges. Be open to receive feedback of the status quo.



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