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Gilead Sciences Reviews

Updated 13 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 (9)

    "Money can't buy happiness"

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    • 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)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the best 401k matches in the Bay Area. Beautiful campus

    Cons

    Very weak pipeline in research. Company is ok and stable for now but with the rapidly declining revenues and competition from Abbvie, an M&A of a company with a late stage molecule is desperately needed.
    Depending on your manager, career development will come by at a snail's pace.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes monetary compensation isn't enough to keep top talent. We want more responsibilities and a clearly defined path for career growth and development. Also, a great individual contributor isn't necessarily fit to manage a team. Suggest weekly coaching for these less than competent people managers.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Be prepared to set your career back"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable company, innovative science but successful projects are acquired from other companies - good M&A track record. It is a good name to have on resume, got a position 3 levels up in a different company of same size.

    Cons

    Don't think about upward or lateral promotions unless you are in a group where turnover is high and then you're promoted for even average performance every year. Management does not regard employees as assets, unless you are in the favorite list. A lot of mid level managers who have no idea what they are doing - have no autonomy and no authority. HR is a mess and of no help to employees.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the culture and development opportunities - put employee development on your priority list and that does not mean having a place to write "career plans" on performance review. If an employee is not considered good enough to promote even after 3 years, then consider shedding them - but if they are, then promote them DON'T ruin their career track by doing nothing.


  3. "401k"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Getting better all the time

    Cons

    None at the moment. t


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "No place for advancement"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, vacation time is adequate

    Cons

    No place for advancement


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Former Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Gilead is a decent company to learn and develop if your management is willing to develop you. If not, you’ll be stuck doing a 7 to 7 job every day without any recognitions or promotions. I started as a contractor, then later became a full time employee. Had multiple re-org within the past three years, and new directions depending on upper management.
    In my opinion, Gilead grew too fast trying to hire new talents while trying to backfill burned out talents. It’s a never ending cycle, where majority of the talents working for Gilead only had been with company for 1 to 3 years.
    This is one company I wouldn’t recommend unless you enjoy 7 to 7 work schedule with no appreciation. The old timers “with at least 7 years” are stubborn and unwilling to learn and adopt to new things. It a tough job, if you are hungry, take the job so you don’t starve. Then you should immediately start looking, don’t get comfortable. This is a hit and run situation.

    Cons

    looks at the pro....

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, provide a better work life balance.


  7. "Director of IT"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary, Achievement and Patience care

    Cons

    work life balance, challenges with leadership


  8. "Company is OK For Now"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Gilead Sciences has good cafeterias.

    Cons

    Gilead Sciences has poor placements of stop signs around campus.


  9. "Systems Analyst 1"

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    • 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

    Good benefits
    Commuter bus
    Happy hours

    Cons

    I can't think of any at this moment


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Administrative Assistant"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Foster City, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Foster City, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, competitive pay and supportive supervisors.

    Cons

    Slow to promote from within. Worked in a toxic environment and upper management took several years to make any changes.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Dev Ops"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good commute, large campus, good medical benefits, great research and medical research team, fast moving research, competitive edge in industry

    Cons

    Low salaries, minimal annual salary raises, biased treatment of employees where 'friends' become promoted often, not on merit. No recognition for hard work. No flex-time/minimal WFH. Low morale due to no acquisition, cutting back on clinical development, outsourcing, lack of transparency and direction from senior management

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone fairly and recognize hard work and contributions, retention packages to all (not some), this will cut back the attrition


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