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Gilead Sciences Director Reviews

Updated 21 October 2017
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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 could be improved (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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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (4)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Institutionalised toxicity"

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    • Senior Management
    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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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (3)

    "Lean and easy"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in San Mateo, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Director in San Mateo, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Small teams, big responsibility, lean, big impact on the world, Directors and below are competent; vps and above need to be more data and reality driven

    Cons

    Stuck in a 90's pharma model, too lean, jobs don't require you to have an actual impact, politics among VPs can be destructive


  7. Helpful (15)

    "5 Years at Gilead Sciences"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Foster City, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Director in Foster City, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The learning is phenomenal because you do everything yourself - no vendor to assist. Also, you have multiple concurrent projects so there is no time to waste and no time to be bored. Your skills expand rapidly and your industry knowledge reach great heights in a very short period of time.

    Cons

    There is no time for personal life and no time for family. In order to be recognized, you have to voluntarily go above and beyond; otherwise, you will be dismissed and left out. You will be looked down on if you are an "average" performer. It's a swim or sink environment.

    Advice to Management

    1. Value and nurture your greatest asset - the employee. We work days and nights and weekends to ensure we deliver Gilead's promise to the patient. We are the worker bees who execute quickly and the results are flawless. Don't be frugal with the promotion, increase in pay, and stock rewards. In the grand scheme of things, these things are pocket change compare to Gilead's profits. 2. Promote a culture that values different perspectives. 3. People who are senior directors and above should take the time to develop people who are below them. We can do the same job over and over and do it extremely well and efficient, but it doesn't mean that we are happy. A person's growth at work has more to do with new projects, new challenges and gained knowledge and skills. This is how you engage people, especially those who are high performers.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Hard employer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Director, Finance
    Current Employee - Director, Finance
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Top notch scientists, very intelligent people, science driven company with great innovative drugs. Ethics . A company that grew substantially in a few years

    Cons

    No work life balance,difficult to get promoted, politics very stressfull environment. HC freeze in 2017. HCV drugs are not their selling star product anymore


  9. Helpful (7)

    "If this is the place for you, it's an amazing place"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Foster City, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Director in Foster City, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Filled with super-motivated, bright people who are interested in doing great work.
    - The mission, the products, the benefits to patients
    - Huge latitude to expand the scope and impact of every role
    - Nimble, focused company

    Cons

    - There are not enough people on hand to do the work that could and should be done
    - Still operating like a small company but has the complexity and breadth of a large one; hasn't figured out how to bridge the gap, still dealing with growing pains

    Advice to Management

    In the absence of effective and frequent communication from senior leadership, armchair quarterbacking abounds. Fix that.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Director of PD"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Director Clinical Pharmacology"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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,