Genentech Employee Reviews about "decision making"

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    Anybody know about the portfolio rotation programs at pharma companies? Specifically curious about Genentech, gilead, and I think Merck also has one. I’m curious what makes a good candidate (aside from having an advanced degree). Is having a consulting background a plus? Thanks in advance!

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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. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great Benefits

      Sep 29, 2021 - Program Manager in McLean, VA
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      Pros

      good health plans, flexibility options, other benefits

      Cons

      highly matrixed, sometimes slow decision making

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    3. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Culture has changed

      Aug 17, 2021 - Senior Automation Engineer in South San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      -Decent benefit package -Nice campus -Large variety of roles/opportunities

      Cons

      -Extreme politics -Employees across all departments extremely overworked -Middle management has no decision making power -Extreme budgetary contraints -Large waves of layoffs impacting long-time loyal employees -Workload is too high for development or truly getting the job done well and being proud of it.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great people, too corporate

      Aug 4, 2021 - Engineer II in South San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      The purpose of your work is meaningful & the people are very driven. There are many resources and benefits available for employees too.

      Cons

      Don't get me wrong, I loved Genentech, but after a few years and one promotion you find out that it is easier to leave for a higher salary and better job title. Also, decision making is difficult and there is plenty of politics involved with global teams and production sites.

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Used to be a great place to work

      Jun 29, 2021 - Principal Scientist 
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      Pros

      Great scientists and engineers, very collaborative, large product portfolio and diverse pipeline.

      Cons

      Too much change with reorganizations and many new business initiatives with not enough resources to do all of the work. Slow decision making.

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    6. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Ok to get experience and move on... lost its mojo years ago

      Apr 15, 2021 - Senior Manager 
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      Pros

      Benefits, 401k, great people to work with

      Cons

      Management already knows who they want to get ahead. It is very hard to break out of a role because the favorites are already slotted for the position you want to move to... best advice is to get 5 years of experience, and don’t be afraid to move on if you get that feeling you aren’t going anywhere. It isn’t you, it is them. Even in-role promotions require consensus decision making, you probably didn’t think that getting promoted would be that hard, but one day you realize it isn’t going to happen.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    7. 3.0
      Current Contractor

      Nice Company

      Apr 13, 2021 - Project Scheduler 
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      Pros

      People and environment is nice.

      Cons

      Organizational management and decision making is disconnected and heavy handed.

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great company to work for

      Mar 25, 2021 - Program Manager in South San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      Flexible work from home, great co-workers, management that cares about people

      Cons

      Sometimes slow to decision making

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Great place to Work

      Feb 27, 2021 - Director in South San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      Genentech senior leaders are thoughtful, transparent and really want to o foster growth and development for each individual.

      Cons

      Too many committees, too many people to align and pre align prior to actual decision making.

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    10. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Great Mission and Focus on Science

      Jan 13, 2021 - Senior Director 
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      Pros

      Lots of career opportunities to work globally.

      Cons

      slow decision making and multiple levels of decision making

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