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Genentech Reviews

Updated 20 March 2015
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  1. Manufacturing Technician

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Oceanside, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Oceanside, CA (US)

    I worked at Genentech

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great company perks, mostly friendly people
    Management is decent
    Pay is good

    Cons

    HR is useless
    Some nepotism, lots of gossiping
    Middle management is a hit or miss

    Advice to Management

    Fire employees if they are bad at their jobs (contractors are easily fired all the time but employees are almost never fired)

  2. Good place to work (conditions apply)

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Bioprocess Technician in Oceanside, CA (US)
    Former Contractor - Bioprocess Technician in Oceanside, CA (US)

    I worked at Genentech as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working here is a lot easier if you just act nice with your coworkers, work hard, finish up your assigned job and go home which is pretty much what I did and it turned out to be fine. Communications is key. So is being a team player.
    Oh, they have a great campus too.

    Cons

    Politics. Like I said, act nice, work hard and you will be fine.
    Shift (not a con but something to watch out). Your shift members play an important role in your career here. It all depends on how many are willing to train you? How many simply sit around their desks doing nothing?
    Micromanagement. One-one meeting with higher authorities if you're a blue badge. Again, you'll be fine if you finish up your job daily before you leave.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the hiring spree and work hard to keep your employees.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Good Company

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    • 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits, pay, perks are good (the staff ALL around is great)

    Cons

    Work Hard, work hard and work hard

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Contractors treated poorly

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Oceanside, CA (US)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Oceanside, CA (US)

    I worked at Genentech as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Cafe, nice atmosphere, beautiful building.

    Cons

    I could go on about several things that made me feel below the people I worked for. Being a contractor at Genentech (at least in the department I worked in), I was treated very unequal. They make it known that you are not a part of the team. We were not allowed to go to any of the company events (I understand the liability factor) but my supervisor didn't do much to make me feel appreciated for my hard work, or my co-worker (a contractor as well). I felt that since we couldn't be included in the company events, she should have taken it upon herself to do some sort of "employee appreciation" for the contractors in her department. Several contractors I have spoken with agreed that permanent employees make it known that "non-blue badge employee's" are easily disposable and not appreciated like they should be. One specific co-worker of mine, a permanent employee, would rub it in everyone's faces about the perks of being a blue-badge. She bragged about her bonuses, benefits, material things like the special items she would receive for going to employee events. Not to mention, she is the epitome of a micro-manager, and she doesn't even have the title of being a lead. It's a great company to work for, if you are a permanent employee.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Best place to work... Ever.

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    • 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    You treat us very well.

  7. Rich culture. Awesome benefits.

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    • 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  8. Validation Engineer - Contractor

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Validation Engineer in Oceanside, CA (US)
    Former Contractor - Validation Engineer in Oceanside, CA (US)

    I worked at Genentech as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  9. Helpful (4)

    Not the old Genentech

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    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Bio-process Technician

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    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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

  11. Helpful (1)

    Great benefits and culture

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    • 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and culture
    Worked with some incredible people

    Cons

    Small site means very limited growth potential

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