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Gilead Sciences Associate Director Reviews

Updated 17 May 2018
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Pros
  • "Great benefits, great leadership, teamwork" (in 42 reviews)

  • "Great team of people to work with, good benefits, good work-life balance" (in 31 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work-life balance is lip service" (in 114 reviews)

  • "No work life balance because of the heavy work load" (in 30 reviews)

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  1. "Brilliant company, brilliant people"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Personally, I love working at Gilead. I’ve been there nearly 6 years. I love the atmosphere, we are given plenty of opportunity to develop, I have a small team of people working with me who all enjoy working at Gilead. The leaders have changed recently, the outlook is very encouraging. Come and join us, if you’re hard working, wanting to go home with a feeling of satisfaction in helping patients live better lives!!

    Cons

    The company has grown rapidly in the last 5 years, it’s been recognised that the processes need simplifying with due respect given to ensuring compliance and patient safety. Feedback from employee surveys isn’t necessarily interpreted correctly but recently this has changed and focus groups were interviewed to enable more candid feedback and this is being acted on.

    Advice to Management

    The vehicle for company benefits is a little out of date, the benefits are all great don’t get me wrong, but a flexible benefits package would help attract and retain the great resources we have in place... people without children for instance feel like they get less benefits.... if our benefits package was flexible we could determine which benefits we choose and everyone would get the same amount (monetary value) in benefits...


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Exceptional opportunities"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in London, England
    Current Employee - Associate Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Continued company growth
    Lean environment has allowed for fast skills and knowledge growth.
    Opportunity to build relationships & partnership to make a visible impact quickly.
    'Genuine' patient focus

    Cons

    Lean environment often means longer hours but in many teams flexible working is encouraged so late or early calls can be taken remotely and working from home is possible.

    Advice to Management

    Older, well established relationships often hinder operational efficiencies.

  3. Helpful (12)

    "Pressure-cooker environment"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Foster City, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Foster City, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company has overall good values and focus on science. The salary and benefits seem competitive for similar jobs in the area.

    Cons

    Extremely high-pressure high-workload environment. I have not seen anything like that within 10 years of my tenure in the industry. Work-life balance is lip service. The technology is ancient. If you start here, you will have to work on Windows that is 9 years old (I remember switching to it 10 years ago). Mac users - forget it; you will have to learn PC (the 9-year old software). Extremely blameful no-failure environment; mistakes are not forgiven.

    Advice to Management

    Strongly enforce work-life balance and reduce employee workload, otherwise, the turnover will continue. Upgrade technology and allow Mac's, otherwise, the most creative people will leave. Encourage mistakes and risk-taking, otherwise, creativity will stifle.


  4. Helpful (24)

    "A place where your political skills matter more than your technical skills"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Seattle, WA (US)
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good campus and facilities, some genuinely good people that do a lot of the heavy lifting to enable the "climbers and political types" to shine.

    Cons

    Absolutely heartless place where you will be sure to be reprimanded for any small mistake but never be commended for all the hard work. A place where favoritism is rampant in all department and systems are antiquated.
    Genuine scientific dialog is frowned upon in meetings because one must park their brains at the door and execute on what had been dictated from top down, even if it does not make sense.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the doers and reward them because without them the success of the organization remains in jeopardy


  5. "associate director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Medical Director in Foster City, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Medical Director in Foster City, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good environment, good environmet, good

    Cons

    micro mana ge me nt

    Advice to Management

    none


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Associate Director of PD"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director of PD in Foster City, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Director of PD in Foster City, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    very good, as long as you get good paid, who care

    Cons

    not much i can say, get the check and go home

    Advice to Management

    overall,ok to survive


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Director Clinical Pharmacology"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Foster City, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Foster City, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work environment, fast-paced and busy, Good learning platform. Multiple indications.

    Cons

    Long hours. Limited growth in your department.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up what you are doing,

  8. Helpful (21)

    "Good Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Foster City, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Foster City, CA (US)
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Stable company compared to other pharma companies. The cafeterias are pretty good and the stock plan is the best benefit you will receive from Gilead. There is a pro and con regarding work life balance. You gain ton of experience because you are able to work on multiply projects and different roles.

    Cons

    The biggest issue with Gilead is half of the employees have been with the company for 10 plus years and do not understand it's not the same small HIV biotech anymore. Their are not very strategic and majority of the time resistant to new ideas or changes. Science runs the entire company which is great however its still on publicly traded company and they need to ramp up their commercial capabilities to play with the experienced big pharma powerhouses. Its a very competitive environment, turf wars, and stakeholders that are extremely immature to the point they will sabotage your career for the sake of keeping the status quo. And they are not kidding when they say its lean. There is no work life balance at all this is that old way of thinking mandated by the CEO

    Advice to Management

    Please wake up and start accessing if the organization is optimal for success. Don't wait until a big commercial blunder until you realize things need to change


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Hard work, great rewards."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director
    Current Employee - Associate Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Unbelievable opportunity if you work hard, efficiently, and wisely.

    Cons

    Co-workers are not always in line with the Gilead work ethic and are not willing to commit the time needed to succeed.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Associate Director"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in El Granada, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Director in El Granada, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great people, driven to do good work and beautiful campus

    Cons

    bit of nepotism and many procedures are dated

    Advice to Management

    make an attempt at retention! May doom company.