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Updated 24 September 2018
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  • "Work life balance can be an issue sometimes" (in 105 reviews)

  • "Hard to convert from intern to full-time position" (in 84 reviews)

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  1. "Reality Doesn't Meet Reputation"

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    • Senior Management
    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.

    Genentech Response

    16 Nov 2017 – Account Manager

    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... More


  2. 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

  3. "Calibration"

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    Current Employee - Engineer I in Oceanside, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Engineer I in Oceanside, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    benefits, and long term benefits

    Cons

    pay at specific site versus headquarter

    Advice to Management

    year of experience needed at different sites need to be aligned more years needed at my site for same postions


  4. Helpful (1)

    "GRED"

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    Former Employee - CTL
    Former Employee - CTL

    I worked at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Amazing healthcare and Rx coverage; remote work from home once a week; little travel; good food

    Cons

    Long hours/work weekends sometimes; clicks; hard to move up in clinic ops; MDs are not very experienced in clinical trials

    Advice to Management

    Stop kissing butt to move up


  5. "IT analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in South San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Genentech part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility in work life balance

    Cons

    Cost of living in the area


  6. "Giving back is engrained in the culture of Genentech"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Business Operations Manager in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Principal Business Operations Manager in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Saving lives with great medicines, opportunities to learn, Culture, People, Giving back, Work Life Balance, Autonomy

    Cons

    Risk averse, Big company issues, Slow decision making

    Advice to Management

    Provide opportunities for employees to grow, rotate, change jobs to keep the mind fresh


  7. "Global Clinical Trial Leader"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues, manager support, and study variety

    Cons

    Promotion freezes can last 1-3 years

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Big Changes Continues"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, great work, Work life balance good. Pay good

    Cons

    Management started to not be so transparent.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to speak up and tell your peers and direct reports where things are really at. This is how people help people.


  9. "Statistical programming analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome working environment, competitive benefits including great gym, free shuttle, very good 401k matching, competitive pay across other similar company/group

    Cons

    Lots of senior managers that don't work on things, and promotion opportunity is slim due to that.


  10. "Love it here"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Specialist II
    Current Employee - Systems Specialist II
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work and benefits.

    Cons

    None to speak of


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