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Gilead Sciences Reviews

Updated 20 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 is not the best (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"

    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"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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. Helpful (4)

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Ignoring their problems..."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CRA in Foster City, CA (US)
    Former Employee - CRA in Foster City, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to get down and dirty where truly many hats are worn- so experience and growth in the industry is readily open to all new comers.

    Cons

    Few upper and middle management members are able to value their employees and team members and as such several of them have left as handfuls are "picked as favorites" that are obvious enough and can get away with most atrocities, even when reported to HR...several times as justification stems for achieving results through seemingly any means possible so the managers can look good in front of their superiors. As a result, a lot of the good people i worked with who kept the work interesting and meaningful left and what was left was those who were toxic and drove most out and those who the hiring managers even joked about as being "3rd choice" who many at times will be made obvious by such managers.

    Advice to Management

    Be accountable for your people managers. Your individual contributors, though lower on the totem pole are not people to be used for immediate goals and easily let go when they quit because they can't take any more of the drama and bs.
    I joined Gilead because the people and work inspired me to do more- I left because the people I ended up working with were narrowminded, selfish, and toxic to my and other's personal well being.

    HR knows about these instances as they've been reported to several times and even have acknowledged that there is something inherently wrong at mine and others' exit interviews. Do something about it- Gilead can achieve a strong name again with better actions.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Sr. Research Associate I"

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

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Gym, Stocks, Free Food, Location

    Cons

    No advancement opportunities. Overworked, need more help, but management doesn't care as long as things are getting done.


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