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Gilead Sciences Reviews

Updated 4 June 2018
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Pros
  • "Great benefits, great leadership, teamwork" (in 42 reviews)

  • "Great team of people to work with, good benefits, good work-life balance" (in 31 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work-life balance is lip service" (in 114 reviews)

  • "No work life balance because of the heavy work load" (in 30 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

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

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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


  2. 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.

  3. 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


  4. 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.


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Sr Manager Commercial"

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

    Pros

    Overall you will learn a lot at Gilead because it’s very lean as compared to big pharma. Big pharma you are limited to you JD with little room for flexibility unless it’s part of your professional development. Gilead allows you to work hard and engage with multiple projects

    Cons

    Unfortunately there are a lot of cons. The legacy VPs have been in their role too long and are not collaborating with newer employees mainly because of insecurity on their part. There have been a few leadership changes but a major reorganization is way overdue. Poor behavior is awarded it’s funny how the me too movement doesn’t cover women who bully other women in the workplace just to get to the top. Beware there are several female leaders that need coaching on how to work with other women. As for diversity Gilead is really behind the times very very few leaders in the organization that represents the world we actually live in. Unfortunately or fortunately I have a lazy boss that delegates everything so I get great experience but the down fall is work life balance is way off and my boss really hasn’t managed a team before so therefore they are even too lazy to promote or expand the group. The pay is lower compared to Genentech and the stock has suffered so they should adjust they salary package

    Advice to Management

    Please when a new Head of Commercial starts please realize you need to reorganize the company for it to thrive for the next few years and really assess are the VPs you currently have are going to help you succeed or harm the company because of their own selfish reasons


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Excellent scientist, mediocre people management"

    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

    Pros

    Large variety of projects, potential exposure to different programs and therapeutic areas, interaction with talented and competent subject matter experts. Good salary and excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Upper management set with approaches that were more suitable for when the company was much smaller. Hard to break through the barrier of old-timers. Inability to delegate and empower quite common. Despite being a multinational company, often times a US-centric mentality seems to prevail.

    Advice to Management

    Delegate and trust your staff, especially those who have been at the company for at least tow or three years. Stop thinking according to the "Gilead-way". Don't expect high productivity by adding workload.


  7. Helpful (11)

    "Pressure-cooker environment"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Foster City, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Foster City, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has overall good values and focus on science. The salary and benefits seem competitive for similar jobs in the area.

    Cons

    Extremely high-pressure high-workload environment. I have not seen anything like that within 10 years of my tenure in the industry. Work-life balance is lip service. The technology is ancient. If you start here, you will have to work on Windows that is 9 years old (I remember switching to it 10 years ago). Mac users - forget it; you will have to learn PC (the 9-year old software). Extremely blameful no-failure environment; mistakes are not forgiven.

    Advice to Management

    Strongly enforce work-life balance and reduce employee workload, otherwise, the turnover will continue. Upgrade technology and allow Mac's, otherwise, the most creative people will leave. Encourage mistakes and risk-taking, otherwise, creativity will stifle.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Stable, but they put you in a box"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Foster City, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Foster City, CA (US)
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company stability, Interesting Science, Stock options

    Cons

    Lack of ability to see employee strengths and allow them to use those strengths
    Low pay per industry
    "We run lean" is company motto

    Advice to Management

    Allow more flexibility with your employees
    Work life balance philosophy needs improving


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Sales"

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

    Pros

    Stock program, highly competitive, good people, good opportunity for growth

    Cons

    Too much pressure, goals at times not realistic

    Advice to Management

    More realistic goals and tone down pressure


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Culture & leadership needs severe help"

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

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    R&D is pretty cool. Lifesaving medications being developed. Because they don't typically invent it, they buy it, but nonetheless they are saving lives. Has the potential to be a cool company.

    Cons

    Decision making process is awful. Supervisors need significant training to manage people. There is a do it right the first time or be fired on the spot mentality which does not foster growth or trust. It is a very backstabbing, passive aggressive culture. People are not direct. The M&A process is not transparent even to the people who help make it happen. Diversity and inclusion is on paper only and is not practiced in the company. Everyone is scared of everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Better train your people managers to manage people. Create an actual training program that is mandatory. Help people better adjust to the culture.


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