Genentech Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated 23 Jan 2021

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Reality Doesn't Meet Reputation"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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!

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    Genentech Response

    November 16, 2017Account 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.

  2. "Great Company, Great People"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    High safety and quality mindset for patients and employees. Great benefits and work life balance.

    Cons

    There can be slow growth within roles

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  3. "Amazing place"

    5.0
    Current Contractor - Content Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    There are great benefits and work life balance

    Cons

    Management can be a bit tricky

  4. "Great company-providing values to the society"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Genentech for less than a year

    Pros

    great work life balance, great salary although not as high as high tech, great people and you'll feel like you're actually doing something.

    Cons

    location is not that good

  5. "Nice work life balance and good pay"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Associate Brand Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Genentech for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work life balance is really good and the pay is really competitive for the Bay area. I'd recommend this company if you're later in your career and not looking to grow.

    Cons

    Operates under strict hierarchy which makes it hard to advance. Also people work in silos and are not connected enough.

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  6. "Project Manager"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Genentech in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work life balance and benefits package.

    Cons

    Hard to promote, a culture of scheduled meetings

  7. "Great place to work!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Genentech full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    >Value ideas, hard work, and diversity of thought >Great Benefits >Autonomy can be earned

    Cons

    >Development is often not guided well >work-life balance is tough at times

  8. "Best Company to Work for"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Work Life Balance is great

    Cons

    Located in very expensive location

  9. "Great company, terrific place to work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Genentech full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Treat employees very well. Good work/life balance. Great culture.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, lots of people promoted beyond their abilities.

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  10. "Awesome"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Quality Control Associate 

    I worked at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Excellent work life balance and great benefits.

    Cons

    Really nothing bad to say about the company.

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