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Genentech Overview

South San Francisco, CA (US)
10000+ employees
Roche
1976
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Biotech & Pharmaceutical
$10+ billion (USD) per year
Unknown
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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    Pros

    - 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.

    Cons

    - 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.

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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
Genentech photo of: Employees team up at a local elementary school for a campus beautification project.
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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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    Application

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

    Interview

    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.

    Interview Questions

    • Where to you see the future of the Bio pharmaceuticals to be and among our competitors do you feel is best positioned for this future   Answer Question
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Genentech Awards & Accolades

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