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Gilead Sciences Associate Director Reviews

Updated 3 September 2017
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Associate Director

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Pros
  • Great company mission and great benefits (in 38 reviews)

  • Good benefits, vacation time is adequate (in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • Work Life balance is not the best (in 96 reviews)

  • No work life balance because of the heavy work load (in 28 reviews)

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  1. 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.


  2. "associate director"

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    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


  3. Helpful (1)

    "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


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  5. 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,


  6. Helpful (19)

    "Good Company"

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    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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Hard work, great rewards."

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    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.


  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Worth-while Experience but Not for the Faint of Heart"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Foster City, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Foster City, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -very smart, dedicated team members
    -culture of hard work and sacrifice (for the value of learning)
    -opportunity to learn and grow
    -left because of family need and was well supported
    -each person is held responsible for his/her work and contribution

    Cons

    -have to establish your own work/life balance
    -not for the faint of heart
    -not much tolerance for "lack of fit" culturally and work-habit wise; no time to "learn to fit in"
    -not a training ground; must be ready to hit the ground running no matter what position

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps there should be a way for folks to intern to get the right experience ahead of hiring. Ensure that everyone is aware of their potential career path. Create more of a culture of information sharing, where possible.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Its a great company to work"

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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

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

    Pros

    Amazing things they are doing for the patients with critical diceases

    Cons

    work-life balance is poor due to fast pace


  11. Helpful (19)

    "Learned a lot, but toxic environment"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Foster City, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Foster City, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Groundbreaking products that are making a big difference. A great learning experience.

    Cons

    The office culture is toxic. You are surrounded by unhappy people who are competitive and not supportive (there is little culture/camaraderie). The attitude of upper management seems to be that the products are so great that you should be happy to have no work-life balance or ability to voice your opinion. They are proud of running "lean" which means everyone is overworked and burnt out.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that your employees are unhappy and consider the importance of work-life balance in retaining good employees.