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Gilead Sciences San Francisco Reviews

Updated May 23, 2017
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Gilead Sciences President & CEO John Milligan
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Pros
  • Great benefits and innovative science (in 36 reviews)

  • Fast-paced environment with hardworking employees (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance could be improved (in 90 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. "Great company, great benefits"

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

    Pros

    Great company mission and great benefits

    Cons

    Employee morale depends on department and manager that you work for


  2. "Great Place"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Project Coordinator in Foster City, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Project Coordinator in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I loved working there it was like family

    Cons

    need shuttles to and from the east bay.

    Advice to Management

    Keep talent that comes to you by contracting


  3. Helpful (8)

    "Good pay, long hours"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits; Lots of work so you'll never get bored

    Cons

    Limited chances for career development. Management is clear that unless there is a business need to develop a new skill, forget about it. Most people get pigeonholed into doing one thing over and over, which on the plus side is efficient, but is also mind-numbing; Gilead claims to be a "pay for performance" company, however management has no clue who is doing what. I've seen people work 16 hour days and accomplish a tremendous amount of work, and I've seen people work 8 hour days and spend half the day socializing, but at the end of the year they end up with the same rating/bonus because management has no idea who is actually doing the work.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work!"

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    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed bag"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Important science, was growing company when I was there, gained global experience

    Cons

    Company seems to have lost magic touch and become less nimble, more like big pharma,favoritism in opportunities for advancement, poor work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Need to do acquisition or two to expand portfolio and relevancy, Hep C franchise has been mixed bag in long run


  7. "Impactful Work - Stressful and Fast Paced Work Environment"

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    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Foster City, CA
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Foster City, CA

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

    Pros

    Direct impact on patient lives.

    Cons

    Work takes over your life.


  8. "Manager"

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    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


  9. "Sr. Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great working environment. Smart people

    Cons

    Lean organization requires to involve multiple projects


  10. "Interned there, had a great time!"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Foster City, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The cafeteria had a lot of great food.

    Cons

    Coffee was good, but kind of got old.


  11. "Contractor - Procurement"

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    Former Contractor - Contractor in Foster City, CA
    Former Contractor - Contractor in Foster City, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice Facilities, Good Company, Free Quarterly Lunches, Compensation, A great company to work at if you have the right boss

    Cons

    Extreme Hierarchy, Significant Portion of Staff are Contractors, Effective information flow able to be overridden at supervisor level.

    Advice to Management

    I am amazed by how this company has managed to cure so many diseases, yet can't master the blocking and tackling of normal operational accounting. Please take a look at any situation where you truly have a permanent role and it is being held by a consultant and consider rectifying that situation. Eliminate consultants reporting into consultant situations unless there is a defined project. Also, if an area is suffering from extreme turnover, determine why. Gilead's a company people want to work for, but extreme silo hierarchy means that 2 people colluding can easily play their own game.


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