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Genentech Chief Executive Officer Alexander Hardy
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  • "Great package great benefits great ppl(in 309 reviews)

  • "company has a good work-life balance(in 274 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "must be good at work life balance(in 125 reviews)

  • "Middle management has no decision making power(in 81 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years
      Featured Review

      Best Place to Work for a reason!

      Aug 6, 2021 - Senior Scientist in South San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -Surrounded by brilliant, literally world-class colleagues -Management, teams, and colleagues always trying to make the company a better place to work -Meaningful, challenging work, -Great work-life balance and support resources -Compensation is consistently above market -A culture of radical candor and soliciting feedback

      Cons

      -Large organization can make decision-making slower, though it is well-reasoned and well thought out -Hiring process is slow, but does result in high quality colleagues

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    2. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Good place

      Oct 27, 2021 - Research Scientist 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Flexible, Nice, Kind, Career, Great. Flexible, Nice, Kind, Career, Great. Flexible, Nice, Kind, Career, Great. Flexible, Nice, Kind, Career, Great. Flexible, Nice, Kind, Career, Great.

      Cons

      Stressful, Long hours, Far away, Tedious, Angry Stressful, Long hours, Far away, Tedious, Angry Stressful, Long hours, Far away, Tedious, Angry Stressful, Long hours, Far away, Tedious, Angry Stressful, Long hours, Far away, Tedious, Angry

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Scientist

      Jul 4, 2020 - Scientist in London, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Excellent career progression and fuunding

      Cons

      Very very very very few

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    4. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Reality Doesn't Meet Reputation

      Sep 16, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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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!

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      Thank you for writing us a review. Integrity is a fundamental value that we take very seriously here. We appreciate your feedback and are committed to ensuring that employees at all levels speak up and share their views. Employees are encouraged to raise any specific concerns with their HR Business Partner to ensure they are promptly addressed. Thank you for sharing your review.

    5. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Great

      Aug 5, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Challenging, dymanic, benefits, reputation, location

      Cons

      Deadlines, visibility, politics, overtime, location

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee

      The BEST

      Jan 19, 2022 - Senior Administrative Assistant 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -Amazing growth for Admins -Supportive and driving career paths

      Cons

      -Not remote friendly in some groups

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Excellent Benefits

      Jan 18, 2022 - Senior Engineer in San Diego, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Benefits, Mission, people and Ho-Ho is the best part of all!

      Cons

      Work load is challening. I believe it is everywhere after pandemic.

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Good people, great environment

      Jan 13, 2022 - Senior Marketing Manager in South San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great benefits, good work/life balance, super interesting work, and the company contributes a lot to the Bay Area

      Cons

      Some outdated ways of working and marketing

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    9. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Smart place, good people, good work

      Jan 13, 2022 - Senior Data Scientist 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good people, good interesting work

      Cons

      Parent company, Roche, isn't as high quality. Not all managers are good

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Great Place to work

      Jan 12, 2022 - Senior Administrative Assistant 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Company Benefits and a wonderful culture

      Cons

      Very competitive to move up

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