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Genentech Reviews in San Diego, CA

Updated 7 November 2014
Updated 7 November 2014
813 Reviews
3.9
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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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  1. 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
  2.  

    Rich culture. Awesome benefits.

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

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

    Pros

    The campus is world class. The company is very supportive of employees and the community. Culture is hard to beat. Benefits are amazing.

    Cons

    Organization is surprisingly immature for such a large, established company. Can be frustrating trying to get something done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in organizational development. Don't rely so heavily on temps.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Validation Engineer - Contractor

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Validation Engineer in Oceanside, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Validation Engineer in Oceanside, CA (US)

    I worked at Genentech as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    1. The people I have met here are amazing - definitely live by the motto "work hard, play hard"
    2. Very accommodating and understanding in terms of days off, sicknesses, emergency, etc.
    3. Are concerned with your overall end goal and help you go towards it
    4. Good pay
    5. Worked at oceanside location, which was very nice building and near the beach!

    Cons

    My number 1 problem with Genentech, and is causing misery for all my coworkers, is the treatment of contractors. They separate us for everything and limit our access to any possible benefit - events, services, facilities, opportunities - even emergency notifications!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start treating contractors as an equal. They do just as much work (usually more) as permanent employees. Pretty soon you will lose all your contractors, who I know are valuable to the success of your products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not the old Genentech

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Maintenance Planner in Oceanside, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Maintenance Planner in Oceanside, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Having worked in operations for eight years in Vacaville, South San Francisco and Oceanside, South San Francisco is by far the best location and still has a strong Genentech culture, Outside of San Francisco the culture is less noticeable, but in general People are nice, benefits are good not great. Ho-Ho's are nice , work can be challenging, co-workers are supportive

    Cons

    Working in Vacaville or Oceanside pay is low, stock options are almost non existent, weak culture, poor management, management shoots from the hip with no clear plan or strategies. Managers are not leaders but "yes" men and women. Nearly impossible to advance to a new position unless you are part of the "in crowd". If you want the five star rating work in South San Francisco, Vacaville and Oceanside are disappointments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make an effort to strengthen the culture at Vacaville and Oceanside, allow internal applicants to advance their careers, improve contractor workers work conditions, fire managers that do not understand metrics and who manage their departments by threatening employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bio-process Technician

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Bio Process Technician in Oceanside, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Bio Process Technician in Oceanside, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    6 week Sabatical after 6 years
    6% 401k match
    Fair insurance
    good vacation time
    Good shifts

    Cons

    Promotion percentage are low and time to take to get promotions are long
    Movement in company is limited
    Very cut throat corparate
    Apply large changes to lifestyles frequently changes shifts

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great benefits and culture

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and culture
    Worked with some incredible people

    Cons

    Small site means very limited growth potential

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Manufacturing Bioprocess Technician

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, pay, 401k, vacation (3 weeks plus 6 week sabbatical every 6 years) sick time. Great overall work force. Positive environment.

    Cons

    Overworked, no time to self develop.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to slow down sometimes to allow us to improve on current issues.

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

    If you dont fit the clique, you are ousted...no matter how hard you work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Materials Operations Specialist in Oceanside, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Materials Operations Specialist in Oceanside, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Big Company with stability and future growth since they became Roche.

    Cons

    Contractors are alienated. Also, be ready to get on the lemmings train...conform....or goodbye
     to you. The funny thing is, they try to push outside the box thinking....but shun you when you speak up.
    And this coming from MULTIPLE people ( more ex employees as well) = Way too much Politics and drama in Oceanside.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't try to manage every aspect of every person. Some people are good at certain things and not so much at others. Don't use tactics like upgrading a system to relieve yourself from people that are less fortunate.
    Also, Introverts are not bad people. Some of the greatest minds ever were that way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits
    High-performance culture
    Company cares about its employees and patients
    Promotes diversity and inclusion more than any employer I have ever worked for

    Cons

    A lot of unneccessary bureaucracy especially when dealing with corporate functions
    Less altruistic since Roche took over
    Difficult to move up from within.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change HR practices that make it difficult for people to move up as quickly from within. So many people leave and then come back, getting hired at a salary and level they would have had to wait years to achieve from within.

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

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Oceanside, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Oceanside, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    great culture and people. lots of opportunity to learn.

    Cons

    be careful of politics. there is a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    care about employees' career development

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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