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South San Francisco, CA (US)
10000+ employees
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Biotech & Pharmaceutical
$10+ billion (USD) per year
A member of the Roche Group, Genentech has been at the forefront of the biotechnology industry for more than 40 years, using human genetic information to develop novel medicines for serious and life-threatening diseases.

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    Helpful (17)

    "Left Genentech too soon! No company is perfect but this is the best place I've worked in biotech"

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    Former Employee - BioOncology Market Planning in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - BioOncology Market Planning in South San Francisco, CA (US)
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    I worked at Genentech full-time (More than a year)


    Very smart, exemplary colleagues - raise your game!
    Numerous training opportunities
    Encouraged to seek new roles when available
    Great benefits - financial and non-monetary


    Long commute for those living outside SSF but with many transit options
    Lots of work, busy company - work-life balance means something different to everyone
    Manager turnover could be distressing for some - depends on group/role

    Advice to Management

    Due to manager turnover, I reported to four different people during my <2 yr employment stint. At the time, I was very frustrated with this and made an impulsive decision to chase the "greener grass" at another company. Big mistake. I still work long hours but make less money, have fewer benefits, without any hope of upward mobility (less manager turnover because there are no managers at this no chance of promotion), and no longer get to work with my fabulous GNE colleagues. I believe the management did what they could to smooth the multiple transitions in our leadership team but in these types of situations, it's usually better to proactively ensure teams are functioning okay. Especially when one of the new managers is a first time FLM - extra check-ins with the group can help ease concerns about shifting priorities, esp during very busy forecast cycles. Again, nothing is perfect and having a few years to retrospectively analyze this has convinced me that management did what it could.

    Prospective Employees: If you have the chance to work at GNE, make the most of it - this is a place you can learn, grow, and develop towards any biotech career path you want. No company or job is perfect but there are much worse places to work, without the mission or resources of GNE. I really regret leaving and would be happy to re-join, if possible. Learn from my mistakes. ;-)

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Genentech Photos

Genentech photo of: Employees dress up for our annual Bay to Beakers Children's Walk, which benefits important children's causes.
Genentech photo of: From 5th grade mentorships to college scholarships, we're working to inspire the passion that changes patients' lives.
Genentech photo of: B34 was built on four pillars: sustainability, wellbeing, community, and innovation.
Genentech photo of: Giving back is in our DNA.
Genentech photo of: We actively encourage creativity, discussion and leadership among our scientists
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Genentech Interviews



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    Commercial Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in South San Francisco, CA (US)
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    I applied online. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Genentech (South San Francisco, CA (US)) in February 2009.


    Had an initial phone screen with HR and hiring manager which went well. I was assigned a HR account rep who could not have been more incompetent. I was recommended for an on-site interview but the HR rep I was working for lost my file and thus the offer to interview on site was never extended to me. When I called after three weeks to check the status of my application the HR rep I spoke with said that they had on file that I had not responded to their request for an on-site interview thus my application was cancelled.

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Genentech Awards & Accolades

  • The 50 Best Places to Work for New Dads,, 2015
  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune Magazine, 2015
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