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Genentech Chief Executive Officer Alexander Hardy
Alexander Hardy
270 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great Benefits, Amazing support from management(in 264 reviews)

  • "There are great benefits and work life balance(in 227 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "work life balance can be difficult at times especially during this pandemic(in 119 reviews)

  • "Consensus decision making can impair speed and innovation(in 72 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
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Scientist

      Jul 4, 2020 - Scientist in London, England, 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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      Genentech Response

      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 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

      Great Place But Constantly Changing

      Sep 23, 2021 - Lead Clinical Scientist in La Mirada, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great Supportive Team and Environment Great Benefits

      Cons

      Lower Salaries Compensated By Bonuses/Benefits Slow Growth Constant Change

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Love my job

      Sep 21, 2021 - Clinical Operations Manager in South San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Compensation Great leadership team Flexible Great work life balance

      Cons

      None that come to mind

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great people and culture

      Sep 22, 2021 - PV Clinical Scientist in South San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Culture, activities, freebies, flexibility to work from home

      Cons

      I don’t have any at the moment

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Top Employer of the SF Bay Area!

      Sep 15, 2021 - Senior Administrative Associate Marketing in South San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Best efforts to promote diversity, comparable salaries, excellent benefits, and many recognitions with high considerations to their patients and employees.

      Cons

      No negative comments at this time.

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Genentech

      Sep 13, 2021 - Field Sales Representative 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good company to work for

      Cons

      Too big of an organization

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    11. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great place to work

      Sep 13, 2021 - Associate Scientist in South San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      Good work life balance, good benefits, innovative and friendly environment

      Cons

      Big company so decisions can be sluggish

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