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Gilead Sciences Reviews

Updated 7 December 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"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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 (1)

    "Busy but helpful people"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A current, up to date, paper free Applications and Systems centred company so workflows are very efficient. Great benefits and friendly people. All hard working.

    Cons

    Compliance centred so new staff might not be forgiven for rookie errors

    Advice to Management

    Get to know the personal background of new hires if possible. Adjust attitude if poss to accept other ways of doing things.


  3. Helpful (12)

    "Worst HR and Management I have seen"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Uxbridge, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Uxbridge, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good growth, fast paced, challenging environment

    Cons

    Bad atmosphere in some departments, with management having little regard for employee motivation and development, and being too aggressive and downright rude and disrespectful.
    Few options to move internally.

    Advice to Management

    Be demanding but not insulting and aggressive to employees.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "A company that does amazing things, in spite of some inadequate leadership"

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

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Gilead offers the opportunity to work on some stellar projects that will make a real difference to patients. You get exposure to a broad range of activities due to the lean resource model. Stock plans are a real incentive to working here given how much the stock price has increased over the last few years.

    Cons

    No work/life balance. Expectation is that you will do the necessary to get things done, which is manageable in the short term, but there is very little downtime to recharge your batteries. I've never worked in an organisation in which the commercial organisation has so little influence or power - all power is within the development organisation, and actual decision making power is concentrated to 3 or 4 key individuals - there is little empowerment within the organisation to make real decisions. Little company syndrome and a symptom of how much the company has grown over the last few years.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of some of the deadwood at VP level who are cruising under the radar until retirement. Allow devolved decision making into the organisation so that the senior leaders can focus on the bigger, more strategic decisions


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Probably the best company I have ever worked for!!"

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

    Pros

    Great company, great ethos, great culture and excellent career development opportunities

    Cons

    They only tend to recruit senior level graduates and not entry level.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "ok place to work for a short time"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good pay, nice people, nice office

    Cons

    little focus on career development

    Advice to Management

    there's more potential going unused


  8. Helpful (15)

    "Avoid working here unless you live to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Uxbridge, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Uxbridge, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary
    Benefits
    Free fruit, OJ, herbal teas and Muller light yogurts in the kitchens
    Generous catering for lunch time meetings and events
    Good products and senior leaders who are geniuses in their fields

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations of staff
    Gilead prides itself in being 'lean' - what that means is that there are not enough people to do the work that needs to be done and as a result everyone is expected to do the work of two, if not more, people.
    Complete lack of work life balance
    Extremely long hours culture

    Advice to Management

    Address the resourcing issue so that people do not have to leave to get a better work - life balance.


  9. "Positive experience"

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and potential for growth

    Cons

    Work- life balance is skewed towards work


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Great company, terrible management and HR"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance Analyst in Foster City, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Finance Analyst in Foster City, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gilead Sciences (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company ideas and purpose is amazing and you feel that you contribute at making a difference in people's lives. You grow as the company is growing, it keeps the job very interesting and challenging,

    Cons

    Horrible management, lots of incompetent people in Finance, poor leadership in Finance as well. HR department is a waste, do not listen, do not act on complaints. They protect the company not the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Create a respectful work environment for the employees where they feel valued. Gilead loses o lot of intelligent and competent people because of it.


  11. "--"

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    • 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 (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Progressive, inclusive company. Makes very thought out business decisions.

    Cons

    Very conservative in acquisition considerations.

    Advice to Management

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