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.
Onsite interview lasted nearly 2 full consecutive days and I was also asked to prepare a 30-minute presentation (i.e., 2 days vacation days from work, plus substantial preparation time).
After the interview I never heard from them again, despite following up twice.
Incredibly rude, disrespectful and unprofessional.
Do not waste your time interviewing with this department.
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