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Genentech Reviews

Updated 19 April 2018
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Pros
  • It is wonderful company to work for with good work/life balance (in 150 reviews)

  • Great benefits, currently transforming, smart people (in 192 reviews)

Cons
  • You will work hard and it is up to you to find the right work life balance by being very effective with your time (in 99 reviews)

  • Hard to convert from intern to full-time position (in 77 reviews)

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  1. "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.

    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. Helpful (44)

    "Best in the field"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong culture of innovation and inclusion.

    Cons

    Very large (though that is in some ways a positive)

    Genentech Response

    29 Jan 2018 – Account Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to share your review and for your 8+ years at Genentech! We believe diversity drives innovation, so we're focused on building a culture where difference is valued... More


  4. "Sr. Compliance Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Great people and mission to help improve patients' lives. Work/life balance.

    Cons

    A lot of processes that makes work more daunting than it needs to be.


  5. "Sales"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, Pay, and excellent culture

    Cons

    Too many conference calls and meetings

    Advice to Management

    Free people up to work more


  6. "Co-op Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Great working environment at Genentech

    Cons

    Too big organization sometimes it's hard to see big picture


  7. "Genentech company review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Good company culture and great scientific environment

    Cons

    Easy to get lost in such a large company

  8. "Good place to work overall"

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

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Good salary and bonuses, family friendly, flexible work hours

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, can get boxed into narrow role, limited advancement unless someone leaves

    Advice to Management

    Create a more diverse pipeline. The current business model of only developing potentially "transformative" medicines is too risky.


  9. "product manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Strong focus on people development, flexible hours, and great place for working mothers. Many smart co-workers and reasonable transparency for promotions

    Cons

    too many layers of management and hierarchy; a lot of bureaucracy and company politics. Re-org too often.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the great culture of putting people first. Listen more to bottom level employees.


  10. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Everyone is friendly and nice gym.

    Cons

    Not really any opportunity to move up


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