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Gilead Sciences Manager Reviews

Updated 8 August 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. "Interesting, empowering but demanding"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Senior Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - IT Senior Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    The fundamental purpose of the company is unquestionably good

    Cons

    Poor work / life balance is prevalent

    Advice to Management

    More staff and less bureaucracy required to prevent burn-out and negative perception


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Political, unpleasant atmosphere, cliques"

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    Former Contractor - Regulatory Affairs Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Contractor - Regulatory Affairs Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England

    I worked at Gilead Sciences as a contractor

    Pros

    Good pay for contracting, some people very nice, lovely location

    Cons

    Unpleasant atmosphere where everyone is in cliques and everything is political. If you fit into a clique you might be OK, but one tiny misstep and they turn on you very fast. Really hard to get promotions from what I saw too

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes and see the politics and cliquishness.


  3. Helpful (16)

    "Hierarchical, good for 3-5 years (Dev ops)"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Foster City, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Foster City, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Usual: Complimentary parking everywhere. Large campus. Lake in the middle of campus. Good subsidized food, especially the salad bar. Great people to work with. 401k match. Espp up to 15% salary. Offices for managers or higher levels. Gym nearby, on campus for FTEs. Shuttles to SF, East Bay, and South Bay (new so still working it kinks). Good training and learning opportunities depending on level. Business class travel for international business trips. Depending on Dept, can show appreciation for one another via value at works awards or Gilead thanks which is great.

    Overall great place to work and build your network, your skill sets, and opportunity to work in and learn to excel in a matrixed environment. Compared to a start up, great hours! Compared to start up, great place to make mistakes (or to practice things by trial and error) and learn from them. Being a fast learner is appreciated here and how one excels. Being able to navigate through the mean girls and narcissists and talkers is a good skill to learn too, and how one excels. Gilead is open about this: people hang out and chat with one another with ulterior motives; you might scratch their back later if they scratch yours. Side conversations are where all the real stuff happens.

    Good place to work for 3-5 years. I appreciate the opportunity to experience so much professionally in such a short amount of time. I'd rather learn here than somewhere else! Mostly friendly culture which makes it easier.

    Cons

    People are not technologically savvy here, and that's a problem because time, resources could be saved. Company cares too​ much about cyber security threats. Let us get newer office suite! Jeez. Why are senior leadership bogged down with this responsibility when the day to day experiences with software are had by the worker bees?

    Old version of Google chrome is used because they can't figure out how to get their regulated software to work (suuure).

    Culture is bipolar, risk takers on submissions and bulldogs to health authorities - and big proponents of going fast in general - but conservative in internal treatment of staff and handling difficult situations; and promotions (read other's reviews here). Can lead to passive aggressive attacks when forced to work with people even though you dislike one another simply b/c managers don't want to rock the boat or cause drama. Address the issues within group or team head on in a timely manner. Rip off the band-aid! Low quotas for promotion each year. Small raises each year even as a rockstar. Segue to...

    So much drama (read: politics) which isn't a huge surprise given hierarchical culture. Too much deference given to and power willingly given up by lower levels to senior middle management for their agreement, or buy in. Can't people make a decision themselves these days? Take a stand, have an opinion and justify it but be willing to be wrong or rejected.

    Too much separation between senior leadership and everyone else. The problems they want to address are very different from the ones I'd like to address.

    Also lack of knowledge about what everyone's role is.

    Advice to Management

    HR, Educate everyone on what their roles are. Build incentives structure for compassion and kindness in team dynamic. Get better newer software please. Dying here. Address hierarchical problems by getting senior leadership to be more approachable or compassionate. Show you value efficient approach re: people to people problems, not just the business metrics. They're interrelated! People are all human but somehow there's a tendency for people to get treated as lesser than. If they don't feel good, you think they're going to go that extra step just 'cause? Treat compassion to project leads and MDs. Give coaching to managers on how to see someone's strengths and utilize them fully.


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  5. "Great company"

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    Current Contractor - Clinical Trial Manager in Foster City, CA (US)
    Current Contractor - Clinical Trial Manager in Foster City, CA (US)

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    People are great. Collaborative teams. Wonderful campus.

    Cons

    My manager treated contractors with less respect compared to permanent hires. This is not very common but nevertheless, definitely should be taken into consideration for someone looking at a contracting role.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Impactful Work - Stressful and Fast Paced Work Environment"

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    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Foster City, CA (US)
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Foster City, CA (US)

    I worked at Gilead Sciences as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Direct impact on patient lives.

    Cons

    Work takes over your life.


  7. "Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Foster City, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Foster City, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing mission orientated company. Employees are brilliant, passionate and caring people. People really work hard - lots of opportunity

    Cons

    Work-life balance. Too few employees

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the Gilead culture


  8. Helpful (3)

    "No major complaints at the moment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regulatory Affairs Manager in Foster City, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Regulatory Affairs Manager in Foster City, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of things to do and learn. Opportunities to move within organization and develop career. Offers competitive benefits and pay.

    Cons

    Lack of Work life balance, lack of flexibility for telecommuting on a regular basis. Disconnect with upper management and "worker bees" with regard to what it takes to get the work done.

    Advice to Management

    Try and keep employees happy. Seems like they don't care about revolving door in some groups.


  9. "Sr. Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great working environment. Smart people

    Cons

    Lean organization requires to involve multiple projects


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Old school company."

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    Current Employee - Manager in San Dimas, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in San Dimas, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary, bonuses, stocks options. There is nothing else to mention here. Well, maybe the location is not that bad but still the area is quite expensive

    Cons

    No structure, not open to suggestions, no career path, old mafia rules all important decisions. Very conservative in terms of process improvement changes. Old school

    Advice to Management

    If you hire new people with broad experiences, then use them. Be able to accept new suggestions and challenges. Be open to receive feedback of the status quo.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "About Average"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Foster City, CA (US)
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Foster City, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Gilead has great benefits. No free lunches or daycare, but Gilead has a shuttle, excellent 401k match (100% upto 10k), good health insurance.

    Good work life balance - a lot of negative reviews of people not having work-life balance, however, the parking lots are empty by before 8 am and after 5:30 pm

    There definitely are a lot of opportunities to grow or transition to different functions, but you need to have the right connections to be on the inside track.

    Cons

    May not apply to all departments but widely prevalent -

    Empire Building, lots of it - departments are very territorial and are trying to grab power. All the finger pointing, back stabbing and complaining makes it difficult to get things done.

    As previously mentioned, growth opportunities a limited to those who have learned to navigate the waters, its not really a 'pay for performance' system.

    Very reactive and lots of busy work, probably the reason for low work life balance.
    People aren't as smart (or hard working) as they claim - R&D maybe top notch, but most other functions are about average.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work