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Genentech Reviews

Updated 25 November 2014
Updated 25 November 2014
814 Reviews
3.9
814 Reviews
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Genentech CEO Ian T. Clark
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance, beautiful campus, co-workers are mostly nice and helpful (in 50 reviews)

  • Great benefits - very typical of extremely large companies (80,000 employees worldwide) (in 78 reviews)


Cons
  • It is hard to keep a good work life balance if the job is burning you out (in 50 reviews)

  • Lower pay, NO work/life balance (in 11 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company overall

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Director in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Director in South San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Company that has the right set of values and goals, good aspirational focus: focused on patient and unmet medical needs. Decent career growth if you fit the culture, very good childcare facilities on campus and good overall employee appreciation events.

    Cons

    Not enough racial diversity at the most senior levels (senior director and above) and senior management can be myopic in putting people into a box, they brand you (i.e. what you are known for) based on their direct experience as opposed to what you can bring to the table (developing you and your potential).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider adding more non-Caucasian women to your senior ranks in Commercial and MCCO. Still predominantly a Caucasian-based leadership team in these functions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Company that's great for career development and has a great culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Specialist in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Specialist in South San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    - Culture of teamwork, camaraderie, and innovative thinking
    - Career development support and opportunities are plentiful. The Career Lab at Genentech is almost on par with the career services at top business schools.
    - Flexibility in work hours and allowing employees to work from home. Good work/life balance

    Cons

    - Loss of employee stock purchase plan after acquisition by Roche
    - Genentech's identity seems to be lost and overshadowed by the Roche organization. It's essentially a private company with the brand name being leveraged by Roche. I wish the company had its autonomy and identity again.
    - The SSF campus is a bit far from downtime. This is pretty strategic since it keeps employee on campus and makes them more productive; however, it can get monotonous.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company with Excellent Benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in South San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Genentech full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Genentech has excellent benefits to attract the best employees, a highly educated workforce, a lot of MD and PhD graduates create an intellectually stimulating environment and there is a lot of opportunity to travel internationally. The
    campus is beautiful and there are many free bus services to enable employees to get to work. The restaurants in SSF campus also supply a diverse selection of food although it is not free it is certainly very delicious. A lot of online learning tools and onsite classes available to improve skills. Its a great place to work if you are a new graduate fresh out of college as you can build a large network and get some excellent training. Everyone is friendly and nice and there is a lot of support for international colleagues from Roche who move to California for work.

    Cons

    The leadership team from legacy Genentech has mostly gone. Reducing cost of clinical trials is a priority within Product Development. Research and Early Development is where most of the innovation happens and Commercial is where most of the money is spent. Building relationships in a global organization is considered more important than knowledge by some managers. Communicating complex issues within a global organization can be a challenge at times as many employees (including managers) have English as a second language. Your relationship with your manager will directly influence your success and future career opportunities. The recruitment process can be slow at times. HR do not always have a good understanding of the job requirements or business of the departments they support. A lot of employees stay for the benefits but may be more productive or engaged if they were to seek new opportunities elsewhere. Some of the culture of innovation has been lost since Roche took over but Genentech is still a top employer in the Bay Area. A lot of Roche employees have taken the top management positions in SSF.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage senior leadership to understand the business of each department and listen to their employees instead of making decisions that reduce costs but make it harder for employees to get the work done. Hire employees who know how to communicate and understand the business in addition to having the MD, PhD educational requirements.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good compensation, great science

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Counsel in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Counsel in South San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Well respected in the industry. Scientists at this company can often get director level positions at other compaies. Employees get good salaries, bonuses and benefits. Good cafes and free gym. GenenBuses reach almost every corner of the bay area.

    Cons

    High stress and heavy work load. Working with its parent company Roche is not always straight forward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much is money is spent on off-sites and traveling, but too little on promotions. Give employees better titles.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Command and control

    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    Pay is good and sabbatical is a plus

    Cons

    HR had too much power. Managers get preferential treatment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire managers in a role they have experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Absolutely amazing internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Site Services in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Site Services in South San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Genentech full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, challenging work, amazing benifits

    Cons

    I don't have a single complaint

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best place to work... Ever.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QC Scientist in Oceanside, CA (US)
    Current Employee - QC Scientist in Oceanside, CA (US)

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Friendliest staff imaginable, free espresso/coffee, unending opportunities to learn and grow within the company

    Cons

    None, this place is doing it right. Well, I guess the only downside would be that the facility is 24 hours and grave shift is a potential possibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You treat us very well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They provide a casual work environment and work life balance.

    Cons

    I don't have any Cons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genentech full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Employees treated with respect. People come as a top priority in company decision making. Good salary, great benefits.

    Cons

    Busy, fast paced. Sometimes hard to keep alignment among global work-streams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer II in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Engineer II in South San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    gride to work is a dream come true.

    Cons

    lacking key processes and clarity at times. must have some self drive within to do well here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    perks are great. no complaints.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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