Gilead Sciences Reviews | Glassdoor.co.uk

Glassdoor uses cookies to improve your site experience. By continuing, you agree to our use of cookies. OK | Learn More

Gilead Sciences Reviews

Updated 12 November 2017
546 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

3.1
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Gilead Sciences President & CEO John Milligan
John Milligan
74 Ratings

546 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

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

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

Cons
  • Work-life balance is a struggle (in 98 reviews)

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

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Recruiter"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Scientific company which makes a real difference

    Cons

    hard working company but rewarding


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Some animals are more equal than others"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Core focus on science; highly respected company; plenty of opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Even though a new core value of inclusion was added, there is a culture where members of staff are able to get promotion and recognition for being "liked" by the "influental" people rather than on their ability. People at senior positions are much less likely to be scrutinised for their ethics or work compared to people "at the bottom". Unacceptable behaviour by directors almost always goes unpunished. HR department does almost nothing regarding informal complaints against senior staff members. So far your are "up there" you are untouchable.

    Advice to Management

    Operate a no nonsense approach to all members of staff not just those at the bottom. Senior or influential members can get away with murder and do not get sacked or reprimanded for underperformance or inappropriate behaviour. Take inclusion seriously and apply it to all levels of staff.


  3. "Great experience in general"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great for people entering the industry
    - People in Stockley Park office care about their staff

    Cons

    - Staff in the US are promoted before UK staff. Operations are overwhelming lead by US.
    - Late calls in the UK due to time zone differences.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lose sight of your UK staff and career progression.


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Responsibly lean?"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Life at Gilead is rich and dynamic. They are a forward looking dynamic company with a scientific focus I have not seen elsewhere in Pharma.

    Cons

    The speed and dynamism of the company comes at a cost. The company is deliberately understaffed to help you make decisions on doing the important things but unfortunately still expects you to do enough of the unimportant things that work life balance goes out of the window

    Advice to Management

    You pay good money to hire outstanding staff, who leave because they are overburdened by admin. Either trust your staff to do a good job with fewer metrics or hire a sensible number of admins


  6. "Great Company to work for"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Gilead is a great company to work for it ticks all the boxes in every aspect. It's an honor to be working for Gilead. I've been with Gilead for over 10 years... there's a reason for that I want to be here... these days very few people stay in jobs that long, jumping from ship to ship (from one job to another), once you step foot on this cruise liner, you'll not want to step off (very few people do). If you get an opportunity to work at Gilead... don't pass it up, you're being offered job for perhaps one of the best companies around. Of course there are others...however it's hard to find them. Here's one that I know of.

    Cons

    There really are no negitives/cons but that depends on your perspective. Is the glass half-full or half-empty. And with that in mind take this as positive-negitive. You'll need to be prepared to work and
    work hard. Sometimes long hours but that's part of the draw... you'll not be getting bored here.

    Advice to Management

    My Advice to Management is to continue doing what you do best and that is to keep hiring the best
    of best.


  7. "Good Company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Company, great opportunities you can grow if you are in the right team. IT is not well respected by business

    Cons

    Some leadership team in IT is not up to speed. Too much to who you know culture.. some of the IT leaders are friends and no accountability at times unfair decisions on employee they dont know


  8. "Interesting, empowering but demanding"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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


  9. "Associate Clinical Contracts and finance"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Clinical Contracts and Finance in London, England
    Former Employee - Associate Clinical Contracts and Finance in London, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    The People and office are fantastic

    Cons

    Too many Meetings, not enough cross interaction


  10. "Commercial Finance Manager"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Good company to work for

    Cons

    needs more staff to get things done

    Advice to Management

    take action quicker


  11. Helpful (9)

    "Company culture described -internally- as 'brutal' and 'political'"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The general quality of the employees is high (they put highly experienced staff in roles that are (too) small for them, so the day-to-day goes fast)
    The general quality of the work done (analyses, emails, presentations..) is high
    The 'clock speed' is high; emails get/need answers in hours
    Great facilities and related support etc.

    Cons

    Very 'top down' company culture
    Escalations to top management of absolutely everything
    Awkwardly brutal 'hire and fire' mentality (the recent re-hiring of new COO seems to even glorify that)
    Fear seems to reign; hindering employees to show initiative or even views (no diversity of thought or open culture at all; the most important seems not to get anything 'wrong')
    Having EQ is not valued or encouraged
    They put highly experienced staff in roles that are (too) small for them, so roles may lack day-to-day interest
    With share price now plumetting, the package will possibly not allow them to attract the same talent for experienced roles

    Advice to Management

    Company culture seems a real outlier (centralisation, brutality...); management to consider if this is the best way forward for the company


Showing 546 of 619 reviews
Reset Filters