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Gilead Sciences Associate Director Reviews

Updated 21 October 2017
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Pros
  • Great company mission and great benefits (in 38 reviews)

  • Good benefits and potential for growth (in 29 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is a struggle (in 101 reviews)

  • No work life balance because of the heavy work load (in 29 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. Helpful (16)

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

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    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


  3. Helpful (8)

    "Institutionalised toxicity"

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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

    Decent amenities, and a few bright minds one encounters during the their short tenure

    Cons

    Institutionalised toxicity. It is widely known in the Bay Area that Gilead is in a league it's own when comes to a hostile and toxic workplace, but what was not well known to even industry veterans like me , is just how much of this is engrained in the corporate DNA of the organization.
     It is part of the business model and a well managed cycle. Innovation acquired only by M&As and between veteran, mostly incompetent political untouchables dream up slogans and to hire brilliant people to indicate progress. Of course diversity of thinking, innovation, and collaboration is actualy frowned upon by the veterans because they would uncover incompetencies but also present a risk to the individual in this fearbased environment. It all but a show of effort ,albeit very brilliant. On reality, independent thinkers singled out quickly and managed out with ruthless efficiency.
    The insane status quo is maintained by a complacent HR, including very skilled recruiters, very generous sign on bonus, and an even better stock offer if one survives 4 years. The current very aggressive out of state recruiting plan with a 2 year claw back just might be an indication that the plan no longer works. Who knows. Unfortunately, when you have pizza laden company review writing events, yes we had to write positive reviews , and a toxic culture that one only read about in textbooks and sounds hardly believable unless experienced, change is a faint hope.

    Advice to Management

    Fish spoils from the head.


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  5. "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


  6. 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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Director Clinical Pharmacology"

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    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 (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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Hard work, great rewards."

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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.


  11. 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.