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Gilead Sciences Reviews

Updated 13 July 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 (2)

    "Great company that is what it says it is."

    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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Belief in its vision and mission and core values is real and pervasive. Employees are empowered to be creative and bold when problem solving.

    Cons

    Very lean at only 8k employees worldwide for a company that earned 26B in revenue in 2017 means we all work a lot and have tremendous responsibility.

    Advice to Management

    Increase our salaries. Each employee accounts for more revenue (total revenue/total employees) than any other biopharmaceutical company with at least 5k employees. Yet we are paid salaries closer to the median.


  2. "Work Life"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Free Bagel Wednesdays and Free Fruit Mondays!

    Cons

    Contractors get less benefits than FTE.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "3+ years in commercial team at HQ"

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

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

    Pros

    401k matching, 100% vested, up to $10k per year

    Cons

    promotions based on politics vs merit. highly dependent on ability of your direct manager to sponsor you throughout the promotions process


  4. Helpful (11)

    "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


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Unfriendly work condition for (perceived) LGBT"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Staffs could work with many talents in the organisation across functions and countries.

    Cons

    Office bullying happens to (perceived) LGBT colleagues. Most 'normal' colleagues enjoy making fun of LGBT. Even Associate Director teased new staff which HIV drugs are being taken, or teased someone as a bottom etc.
    While Gilead sells HIV drugs, how many of its management team truly cares about HIV patients/staffs? Do they really treat LGBT group same as other 'normal' staffs?

    Advice to Management

    Please ensure a safe work environment for staffs regardless of sexual orientation.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "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 (9)

    "Just Awful"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None: very poor culture from top to bottom. brutish unintelligent management. Colleagues extremely childish, into gossip ect.

    Cons

    A nightmarish experience, bottom of the barrel stuff

    Advice to Management

    Stop bullying people

  8. Helpful (15)

    "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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "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 (5)

    "QC Chemist Cork"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QC Chemist in Cork (Ireland)
    Former Employee - QC Chemist in Cork (Ireland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's better than being unemployed.

    Cons

    This was the worst company I have ever worked for. The atmosphere felt hostile. There was very little collaboration between colleagues, and management were ruthless. Don't take positive reviews about gilead being at the forefront of science to seriously, they were not from my experience. There was a terrible blame, and fear based culture there. It felt like being in one of those dark work houses of old that you might read about or see on documentaries.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps consider your motivation for perusing a career in management. If mentoring and encouraging people don't feature highly in this, then maybe your not suitable. Managers need to be people who are motivated by more than just job titles, ambition and personal success. They should love their field, want to lead people in a positive way, and help cultivate their futures. Even the military has evolved in terms of the way it leads people.


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