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Genentech Reviews

Updated 18 October 2017
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  • Work-life balance is not always easy because most jobs require long hours (in 95 reviews)

  • Very small chance to convert to Regular Full time (in 70 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Challenging, dymanic, benefits, reputation, location

    Cons

    Deadlines, visibility, politics, overtime, location


  2. "Reality Doesn't Meet Reputation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Genentech full-time

    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.


  3. "Great benefits and great complany to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Generous benefits, Top leader in the biotech. Pretty good opportunities

    Cons

    Some corporate bureaucracy. Compensation can be a little better. It is not great, though benefits are great.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Genentech (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Genentech operates under a Class A structured environment. All work is planned and as predictable for the most part. Great benefits, at least when I worked there. Employees were respected by upper management, pre-Roche that is. Organized work environment, and better than average accountability.

    Cons

    Loss of an incredible culture with Roche takeover, the dollar rules now. Roche minimizes head count in the interest of saving nickels, while working current staff into the ground. They are more apt to hire people with no experience to save initial money, and hurt the process and tax the hard working people even more.

    Advice to Management

    Return to Genentech's culture, care about the people like Art Levinson did. Hire people with solid experience and background, not just trainees for a lower salary.


  6. "Contractor vs Permanent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility in schedule was great.

    Cons

    You're no able to participate in everything or get all the benefits that perm employees do.


  7. "Amazing falls shorts in describing working at Genentech"

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    Current Employee - Senior Benefits Analyst
    Current Employee - Senior Benefits Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The culture is the competitive advantage at Genentech. You feel part of the mission and vision of the company. You know when you do your work you are helping somebody find a cure to a deadly disease.
    The leadership encourages your career interests and are always willing to give you guidance for professional advancement.
    Great teammates. All supportive of your career advancement.
    Top notch benefit packages (the top quartile of Pharma/Tech companies).
    You are valued and get treated like you are valued

    Cons

    I dont have any cons.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. The employees appreciate the value you put on us to continue making medicines for our patients.


  8. "Amazing Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Lovely people with a lot of growth potential

    Cons

    It gets a bit overwhelming at times but everyone is so willing to help


  9. "It's a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Quite a lot of fun
    Good scientists and research
    Good services/core facilities

    Cons

    Sometimes there're too much works...


  10. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Logistics Specialist in Vacaville, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Logistics Specialist in Vacaville, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great team work with co worker it’s like being part of a family
    Have offsite team building with your co workers.

    Cons

    There’s no room for advancement and advancing your career hard to be a permanent employee there is hardly any permanent position you have to go look and see online and if there is you have to fight for it when it comes to interview time they only open up one position at a time

    Advice to Management

    Need to improve on advancing career if you been in the same position for a long time


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Stable company but lack of job advancement opportunities"

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    Current Employee - SSR in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - SSR in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Stability in R&D roles, emphasis on scientific development

    Cons

    job ceiling for non-PhD employees in R&D departments


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