I worked at Genentech full-time
- Opportunities whether you want them or not, both in terms of role development and getting your work out there.
- Occasionally interesting problems to solve.
- People are really great. Supportive and knowledgeable, they are the part that I will miss the most.
- My work was plagiarized by another department (used in an external poster, with publications pending likely) and I never received an apology or even acknowledgement for it, despite bringing it up to Sr. Director level.
- Severely undertitles its workers. Even within the Roche network, the work that I was doing would be Engineer work, rather than Research Associate. In most other companies, this would be somewhere around a Scientist level.
- There's way too much variability in quality between people in certain essential, critical departments, such as Quality and Project Managers. This variability can make your project pleasurable or a living hell. Many members of a development team will not know what the other members do, so there will be a lot of assignment of work that is not within a specific purview.
- Communication is always lacking, whether that means knowing how to, feeling like you're free to, or giving/receiving critique. It is just not there.
- Offboarding process is nonexistent. I still don't know where my COBRA paperwork is.
- Slow responding HR department that does not seem to actually read the questions you're asking.
- Although it doesn't encourage it, poor work/life balance is not actively discouraged. Stop sending emails at 1 AM!
Advice to Management
Stop listening to MBAs and their stupid Six Sigma / 5S coke dream and actually listen to your own employees about how to best improve the department.
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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