Genentech Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

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  • "Great Benefits, Amazing support from management(in 264 reviews)

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

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  • "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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    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. 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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      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. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great Company, Great People

      Jan 23, 2021 - Project Coordinator in South San Francisco, CA
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      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. 5.0
      Current Contractor

      Amazing place

      Jan 15, 2021 - Content Manager in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      There are great benefits and work life balance

      Cons

      Management can be a bit tricky

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    4. 5.0
      Former Intern, less than 1 year

      Great company-providing values to the society

      Jan 12, 2021 - Intern in South San Francisco, CA
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      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

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    5. 4.0
      Former Contractor, more than 3 years

      Nice work life balance and good pay

      Jan 16, 2021 - Associate Brand Manager in South San Francisco, CA
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      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. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Project Manager

      Jan 17, 2021 - Genentech in South San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      Work life balance and benefits package.

      Cons

      Hard to promote, a culture of scheduled meetings

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Great place to work!

      Dec 14, 2020 - Anonymous Employee 
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      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

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Best Company to Work for

      Dec 1, 2020 - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      Work Life Balance is great

      Cons

      Located in very expensive location

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    9. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great company, terrific place to work

      Dec 12, 2020 - Senior Manager 
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      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. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Awesome

      Oct 21, 2020 - Senior Quality Control Associate 
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      Pros

      Excellent work life balance and great benefits.

      Cons

      Really nothing bad to say about the company.

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