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Gilead Sciences San Francisco Reviews

Updated January 14, 2018
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Gilead Sciences President & CEO John Milligan
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49 Ratings

283 Employee Reviews

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Pros
  • Great benefits, great leadership, teamwork (in 40 reviews)

  • Great team of people to work with, good benefits, good work-life balance (in 30 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is a struggle (in 104 reviews)

  • No work life balance because of the heavy work load (in 29 reviews)

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  1. "Pharmaceutical Engineering Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Pharmaceutical Engineering in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Pharmaceutical Engineering in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gilead Sciences as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Working Environment. Nature of the projects will enhance your skills. Great food during breakfast and lunch.

    Cons

    Company does not provide accommodation. They usually hire for full-time position if you have a good experience of working in the same field.


  2. "Great environment and good people to work with"

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    Current Contractor - Drug Safety Specialist in Foster City, CA
    Current Contractor - Drug Safety Specialist in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great team of people to work with, good benefits, good work-life balance

    Cons

    Upward mobility is difficult, conversion from contractor to full time is difficult

  3. "Best work place I have ever had"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Program Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Program Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Your voice is heard. Science-focused. Career development is given a lot of importance. I feel like what I do matters.

    Cons

    Salaries are not very close to median range. Lateral career moves could be easier. Employees are not allowed to attend scientific meetings unless they are at least AD level.

    Advice to Management

    Make some adjustments in salaries


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Always an Outsider"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary, benefits, etc. Free fruits, bagels and coffee.

    Cons

    No work balance, heavy workload. Team collaboration is not encouraged and management favoritism. Endless meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Apply "Inclusion" to improve culture and fair treatment to every FTE and contractors.


  5. "Great Security Opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Patrol Officer, Security Professional in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Patrol Officer, Security Professional in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    GREAT PLACE TO START TO GAIN KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLSET TO BE SUSSESFULL IN THE SECURITY INDUSTRY.

    Cons

    Busy site, should have an excellent work ethic.

    Advice to Management

    A more comfortable break area would be nice.


  6. "Generous benefits"

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    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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits overall whether you’re single or have a family

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    The benefits package is good for recruiting and retaining key employees.


  7. "Great work culture and work-life balance"

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    Former Contractor - Consultant in Foster City, CA
    Former Contractor - Consultant in Foster City, CA

    I worked at Gilead Sciences as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Productive team and excellent leadership

    Cons

    None that I can think of

  8. "Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Research Chemist in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Research Chemist in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love my job. Im always excited to try new innovation for terminal diseases.

    Cons

    Work a lot of hours


  9. "Positive experience"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and potential for growth

    Cons

    Work- life balance is skewed towards work


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Great company, terrible management and HR"

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    Former Employee - Finance Analyst in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Finance Analyst in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gilead Sciences (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company ideas and purpose is amazing and you feel that you contribute at making a difference in people's lives. You grow as the company is growing, it keeps the job very interesting and challenging,

    Cons

    Horrible management, lots of incompetent people in Finance, poor leadership in Finance as well. HR department is a waste, do not listen, do not act on complaints. They protect the company not the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Create a respectful work environment for the employees where they feel valued. Gilead loses o lot of intelligent and competent people because of it.


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