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Gilead Sciences Reviews

Updated 17 October 2018
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Pros
  • "Great benefits, great leadership, teamwork" (in 43 reviews)

  • "Good benefits; good culture; decent place to work for" (in 34 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work-life balance is lip service" (in 116 reviews)

  • "No work life balance because of the heavy work load" (in 32 reviews)

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  1. "Recruiter"

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    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 (4)

    "Management by fear"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Product Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay was good but now other companies are at the same level or above. Otherwise this is a dying behemoth, at least when it comes to the infectious disease departement.

    Cons

    No control of managers, the company is so lean that a bad manager can go on a bullying rampage and upper management don ' t hear the screams of agony. This makes the talants to leave and the rest to linger in fear and demotivation.

    Advice to Management

    People don't leave bad conpanies, they leave bad managers.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Clinical Trial Manager Associate - Good opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Associate Clinical Trial Manager in Uxbridge, England
    Current Employee - Associate Clinical Trial Manager in Uxbridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good opportunity to develop and meet new people

    Cons

    Rare opportunities for promotions and difficult managers


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Loss of culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    A company with the most intelligent and diverse background professionals.

    Cons

    In the last 5 years the company has grown too much, they could not keep the collaborative and innovative culture on the way of growth. No recognition. Very little owed and earned respect.


  5. "Lean, maybe too lean"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Small company mentality big pharma budgets. Opportunity to have real impact

    Cons

    At times it just feels like being short staffed


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Brilliant company, brilliant people"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Personally, I love working at Gilead. I’ve been there nearly 6 years. I love the atmosphere, we are given plenty of opportunity to develop, I have a small team of people working with me who all enjoy working at Gilead. The leaders have changed recently, the outlook is very encouraging. Come and join us, if you’re hard working, wanting to go home with a feeling of satisfaction in helping patients live better lives!!

    Cons

    The company has grown rapidly in the last 5 years, it’s been recognised that the processes need simplifying with due respect given to ensuring compliance and patient safety. Feedback from employee surveys isn’t necessarily interpreted correctly but recently this has changed and focus groups were interviewed to enable more candid feedback and this is being acted on.

    Advice to Management

    The vehicle for company benefits is a little out of date, the benefits are all great don’t get me wrong, but a flexible benefits package would help attract and retain the great resources we have in place... people without children for instance feel like they get less benefits.... if our benefits package was flexible we could determine which benefits we choose and everyone would get the same amount (monetary value) in benefits...


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Successful company with life-saving products"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Knowing that many people's lives are improved by using Gilead products.

    Cons

    Success and rapid growth is changing how it is to work here. A healthy work:life balance is difficult to achieve.

  8. Helpful (17)

    "I thought white supremacy and colonialism was a thing of the past!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Right now nothing; the company lives and breathes on previous success thanks to some to great people who have long left the company.

    Cons

    Not sure where to start but I'll try.
    1. Company and the leadership has no insight into how bad things are right now; they are reaping the success of some great people who worked hard to bring the company to the level where it is at now. It is only a matter of time before the ivory tower comes down.
    2. Institutionally racist company and it does that very overtly. The value of 'inclusion' was added recently to hide this from the surface but this is endemic. If you are coloured, please do not join the company - you will be treated as a second class citizen with lower pay compared to peers, appalling treatment and no opportunities will be given to you.
    3. The company is for those who are 50+; no dynamism and very old hierarchical culture that is not receptive to feedback. If any of the top leadership read this review, they'll simply laugh and move on.

    Advice to Management

    holding multiple 'all-hands' meeting doesn't really prove that you are listening to those on the ground. The feedback above should give you plenty of things to act on.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Fractured company with little or no interest in developing the bulk of employees"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High paced company with some of the most highly educated people I have seen in the industry

    Cons

    No focus on development of you are below Assos. Director (in Europe at least)
    Hire the same people to Snr. Roles; mercenary individuals who are solely focused on their own careers
    Consider above mentioned individuals as leaders however on the whole, these people are micro managers
    Roles are 3-5 effort levels below the people they hire; end up doing very menial tasks instead of thinking about strategy
    VERY top down approach to management; culture is about DRIVING people
    Aggressive American culture
    Willingness to bring in contractors instead of promoting from within

    Advice to Management

    Start putting people first otherwise you will be left (as in a certain large European country, at the time of writing) with more than 80% of open roles unfilled for more than a year!


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Prepare for hard work and no recognition"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free food
    Some good, smart people

    Cons

    Culture
    Work / Life balance
    Backstabbing


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