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Updated Nov 25, 2021

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  • "Gilead has been a great place to work with great benefits(in 96 reviews)

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  • "Your role determines your work life balance(in 181 reviews)

  • "Upper management decision is not transparent(in 48 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Contractor

      Good place to work

      Apr 16, 2021 - AWS/DevOps Engineer in San Diego, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      great money, great benefits, professionals that know what they are doing"

      Cons

      "work life balance is not that good" "Poor upper management and no sense of team work among peers"

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    2. 4.0
      Current Contractor, more than 1 year

      Good atmosphere

      Sep 5, 2021 - Manager, Biostatistics 
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Colleagues are nice, and brilliant. Work-life balance is good in most time but occasionally the workload is overwhelming.

      Cons

      Upper management decision is not transparent.

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    3. 3.0
      Former Contractor, more than 3 years

      It was not what I expected

      Oct 6, 2020 - Anonymous Contractor in San Dimas, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Nice new facility in La Verne - Managers don’t micromanage - Some friendly people

      Cons

      - On boarding is terrible - Lots of favoritism - Employee concerns are not heard Management is very unaware of the social dynamics going on within the functional groups in San Dimas/LaVerne. The groups are dysfunctional and do not get along well. Expect to see lots of nepotism, seems like everyone has a family member working here. During summers, most of the interns are sons/daughters of employees. So much for fairness. Talent isn’t recognized here. If you’re a good employee but do not have a close knit relationship with upper management (which is male dominated) kiss your growth opportunities goodbye. This site is backwards compared to the headquarters. Get your experience and get out.

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    4. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Comprehensive review - Former Immunomedics Employee, Part of the Acquisition in Oct 2020

      Jan 9, 2021 - Manufacturing Specialist in Morris Plains, NJ
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Medical, dental, 401k are above industry standards. Pay was average. I used to work in the manufacturing at Immunomedics, acquired by Gilead in Oct 2020. I worked there for about three years. I worked with some really amiable and talented people before they left for other opportunities. When I first started in 2017, the department was awesome. The people were awesome, the management was awesome, and the culture was awesome. By the end of 2020, everything had changed; it was a gradual descent over the years into a cesspool of toxicity, backstabbing, and maniacal narcissism.

      Cons

      Things changed when the management changed. The middle level management team I started with in 2017 was completely replaced by mid 2020. Mid level management left because upper level management was extremely disconnected from reality. Upper level management goals were absurd; clearly, some of them failed remedial algebra. If upper management left their offices and walked around the building, they would see the limitations of the facility, equipment, and staffing. The department was incredibly understaffed when I worked there. Ironically, after the acquisition, the department is now even more understaffed. Several people quit in early 2020 and plans were made to replace them but never executed upon. More people left after the acquisition. I heard only one person will be hired to replace the four people who left. 1 = 4? The new management in the department seeks to squeeze as much juice out of the remaining employees as possible. Understaffed, overworked, and unappreciated. The culture of the department is no longer what it used to be. Now, the culture is really toxic; it is an atmosphere supported by horrible mid level management. The wrong people became supervisors and managers. Any good managers have been pushed out and isolated and will remain isolated until they quit. Perception is king here now. Also, the new management only rewards the employees they favor. Whether those employees actually do any work is optional. The management holds yearly bonuses and promotions as hostage. If you want a bonus or promotion, you have to curry favor. To curry favor, you have to stab your co-workers in the back. If anyone makes a mistake, the first one to point a finger gets rewarded. New management exacerbates problems instead of fixing them. They readily blame lower level employees, scapegoating them for issues beyond their control. The worst part is the toxic environment changed the personalities of some of the co-workers I worked with. In retrospect, I joined the company for the people, the culture, and the opportunity to grow as an employee. I left because now there is none of that. Gilead in Morris Plains or the former Immunomedics site has become one of the worst places I have ever worked, when it used to be one of the best.

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    5. 3.0
      Former Contractor, more than 5 years

      Could be a lot better

      Mar 2, 2021 - Lead Business Systems Analyst 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Cafeteria food is subsidized and of very good quality

      Cons

      Upper management is bad in certain groups

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    6. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Awful

      Mar 11, 2021 - Therapeutic Specialist in Brooklyn, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great benefits and great car options

      Cons

      Bad bonuses and awful upper management

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    7. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Silo less, collaborate more

      Oct 7, 2020 - Senior Research Associate I in Oceanside, CA
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Great benefits, strong science, improving biologics pipeline

      Cons

      Distasteful politics, swollen egos (middle-upper management), lack of transparency, poor retention despite stellar benefits

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    8. 1.0
      Former Contractor, more than 1 year

      Poor Management

      Nov 21, 2019 - Process Engineer in Foster City, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Wonderful coworkers (especially the contractors) who are extremely hardworking. - Free fruit Mondays and free bagel Wednesdays. - Cafe food is really cheap compared to Bay Area lunch prices. - Facilities are modern and new and encourages collaboration between teams.

      Cons

      As mentioned in previous reviews: - Management is incompetent. They set unrealistic deadlines for projects without listening to any project managers and team members. - Deadlines are not based on any data and set it based on what "upper management determine they want." - Unrealistic deadlines causes stress, chaos, blaming, and toxic work culture. Because of this, a lot of people leave (especially the people on the bottom of the chain). - If unrealistic deadline is not reached, upper management will immediately blame and fire project managers and directors who are responsible. This causes unrest and fear in the office. Again, leads to toxic work culture. - Full Time Employees (FTE) will dump all the work to contractors without considering how it affects them. - Some FTEs are incompetent but knows how to play the management, so they get to stay even if they are not doing any work.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    9. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Successful company, your experience there depends on which group you're in!

      Mar 5, 2020 - Senior Manager in Foster City, CA
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Nice campus, good benefits, shutdown during Christmas and July 4th week, relatively good pay (slightly higher than average), great drugs that sell themselves, new facilities coming up soon, fair bonus/RSUs, great 401k match.

      Cons

      Depending on which group you work in, some of the rough areas are around strong sense of hierarchy, lack of inclusion, major politics to grow in your role (growth not based on work/credibility), a sense of fear of management (which causes a lack of confidence and ability to speak up and voice opinions), and overall not a great environment to work in. This seems especially prevalent in PDM (Pharmaceutical Development and Manufacturing) where upper management is not approachable and friendly. This may all change with the new CEO!

      4 people found this review helpful
    10. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Management, Clinical Operations OCN

      Sep 23, 2020 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Learn to multi-task fast, alot to do.

      Cons

      Poor guidance and especially upper management in quality assurance is useless and ego driven. Lots of politics and favortism across site, especially in HR.

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      1 person found this review helpful
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