Genentech Reviews

Updated 25 August 2014
Updated 25 August 2014
796 Reviews

3.9
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance, beautiful campus, co-workers are mostly nice and helpful (in 42 reviews)

  • Employees get great benefits, though Roche prefers to save money by hiring contractors (in 71 reviews)


Cons
  • It is hard to keep a good work life balance if the job is burning you out (in 43 reviews)

  • After the merger with Roche there have been many changes that are taking some time to get used to (in 22 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Still have work to do to be "great" place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Company truly does stick to values in terms of following science and doing what is right for the patient. Great benefits and stable organization (excellent pipeline). Work with great people. Great resources to get the job done.

    Cons

    Very difficult to get promoted from within. Can get exceeds expectations multiple years in a row, but still not be perfect enough. There is quite a bit of politics at play in deciding on promotions. If you are not in with the right leaders, criteria changes and you don't get promoted. Easier for people to come in at those higher levels externally. They also come in with higher compensation. People who have been with company for many years tend to fall behind in salaries. Becoming overwhelmed with process. It seems every week, there is a new process or SOP to adhere to that really doesn't affect quality of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Apply historical promotional data in terms of quality of work when making decisions for promotions. Have your employee's back - don't let one person 3 levels up make the decision for your employee. The loyal employees and strong performers will be recruited away if their compensation isn't at market rate. Rate all processes put in place from 1 - 10, and eliminate anything below 6. Is it critical to the success of the job?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Services Representative II  in  Vacaville, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Technical Services Representative II in Vacaville, CA (US)

    I worked at Genentech full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Approachable management. Ready to help with work/life balance. The company, as a whole, for what they stand for is second to none.

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons to post.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Very pleasant place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Similar to many large companies where focus gets real tight as number of employees increases that is typical.
    Bus service for workers is a strong benefit as well as the discounted cafeteria which is pretty good.

    Cons

    Contractors or temps are treated with less benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep doing a good job.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Revolutionary science helps patients.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SPM  in  South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - SPM in South San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Genentech full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Bright colleagues and corporate mission

    Cons

    Mature company is not currently in growth phase

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership clearly embraces values and effectively motivates employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Large Pharma

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Still retaining some of the Genentech culture. Lot's of fun activities to show that the employer still cares about about the employees.

    Cons

    Hard to advance in your career. You get bogged down in your position the longer you have been there. Since it's Genentech they have tons of applicants for every position, it is a very competitive environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support jobs shares and rotations. Make that an accepting culture in not just a few department, but across the board.

  7.  

    Just started

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    Well structured, a lot of commuting options if live far, good perks

    Cons

    campus is big, a little bit confusing to get around

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Working at Genentech

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in South San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Genentech full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    High growth, lots of opportunities

    Cons

    Soft skills are very important here. Not being well-versed in soft skills can get you into trouble with politics. A lot of managers aren't very well-qualified as people managers. Business processes can be lacking or incomplete.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better job in hiring qualified people managers. Hold managers more accountable for their employee's performance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place but exhausting environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    A great environment to learn

    Cons

    work/life balance is always a challenge.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome, but stay focused!

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    Current Employee - Commercial Finance  in  South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Commercial Finance in South San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Genentech as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    GREAT experience, lot's of fun and challenging. People stay extremely spportive and really want you to do your best.
    People around you are all very smart.

    Cons

    People expect a lot from you and you really need to be focused the entire time, despite goodies and distractions. They are generally passive aggressive, so you should be aware that if you haven't met expectations, management be very unhappy with you, even if they won't say it explicitly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good Job, means "Good Job", not see you later!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company

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    Current Employee - QC Associate I
    Current Employee - QC Associate I

    I have been working at Genentech as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    This company values your work and it rewards you with a higher pay rate than competitors.

    Cons

    Like in any job there can be people who are challenging to work with.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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