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Gilead Sciences Reviews

Updated 15 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 (12)

    "There are terrible people here in important places"

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

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

    Pros

    Facilities and campus. They offer some good classes and learning sessions. Take all you can then take your skills elsewhere

    Cons

    You don't know who to trust. Working here will make you paranoid because there are so many smiling backstabbers. Heed the reputation and stay away for your own sanity! Whenever there is a Director opening it's like they go out and find more crooked people to fill the opening.

    There is a type that is successfully at this company: quiet sheep that are there for the perks or loud, aggressive dishonest people. Don’t waste time speaking to HR, they are there to protect the company and note the “trouble makers”.

    Advice to Management

    Adding new corporate values and forcing HR to quote these will not change anything.


  2. Helpful (11)

    "If you really need to get a job"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering in San Dimas, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Engineering in San Dimas, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Good paying job for LA area if you really need to get a job.

    Cons

    Game of Thrones........
    1-Terrible top management.
    2-There are religious challenges if you don't belong to the right religion/cult.
    3-Nepotism, top management hire their relatives.
    4-People wear many hats . High turnover rate.

    Advice to Management

    Establish an independent and strong HR organization at the site level. Stop hiring new people and let them go because they have new ideas. Early retirement for the big guy is the best solution.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Money OK, too much politics"

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

    I worked at Gilead Sciences (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company has too much money

    Cons

    There are too much politics there. Difficult to work among different departments.

    Advice to Management

    better not to say it


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  5. "Finance"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Generally good compensation and benefits

    Cons

    Tremendous workload per individual due to lean organizational structure


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Ignoring their problems..."

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • 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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to gain experience"

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

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

    Pros

    Company is at a inflection point in terms of growth. So potential to ride the wave. Also very good place to learn/ experience big company politics. Overall compensation and benefits are highly competitive.

    Cons

    Decision making is highly consolidated, lacks process, and hence limited transparency. Information is shared on "need to know" basis. So hard to plan or make suggestions proactively. Senior leadership spends very little time in getting know their people.


  8. Helpful (9)

    "Incompetent Commercial Leadership and management with absolutely no Integrity!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Sales Representative in North East, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Field Sales Representative in North East, PA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Average to above average base salary
    Good Healthcare, Dental and Vision Benefits
    Good Company 401k match
    Good vacation and paid time-off

    Cons

    Toxic corporate culture
    No integrity from management or leadership
    HR completely looks the other way with unprofessional management behavior
    Work-Life balance is not a priority

    Advice to Management

    Need to hire competent management and HR professionals with integrity.


  9. "Gilead"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Director Public Health and Medical Affairs Latin America in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Regional Director Public Health and Medical Affairs Latin America in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent portfolio, lean structure, science driven, provide drug access to patientrs regardless of theor income and geographic location. Strong in Infectious Diseases, expanshion to inflammation and Oncology

    Cons

    Work life balance needs improvement, result of a lean structure. Carreer development is a topic to be addressed. Decrease in stock price after successful launch of Sovaldi

    Advice to Management

    Carrer Development


  10. Helpful (7)

    "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.


  11. Helpful (8)

    "Disorganized"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Little organization and guidance leads to a lot of autonomy and independent decision making

    Cons

    Independent decision making is apparently frowned upon. Initiative is also frowned upon.

    Advice to Management

    Cascade goals, and when direction is obviously needed, provide the direction. When latitude is available, clearly state the latitude.


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