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Gilead Sciences Senior Clinical Program Manager Reviews

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Senior Clinical Program Manager

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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 (42)

    "Evil Empire"

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    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Program Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Program Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    For those new to management, Gilead has careful curricula centered around all of the soft skills one would need to create a decent foundation in managing people. While it isn't necessarily required that you take them, I do feel that taking advantage of what they offer helps give some support to those new to (or challenged by) line managing others. At least, they do better than assume that once you're a technical expert that you also know how to manage people.
    Gilead does hire generally well, and this perhaps speaks to the success of bringing drugs to market. It just ultimately doesn't respect those hires in the long haul.

    Cons

    Senior management (Directors on up) should be required to take extended versions of Gilead's management training. No matter what you are told when you come on board, Gilead does not care about you. While this might be true of most companies in a corporate system, most of them aren't this blatantly hypocritical. This company will chew you up and spit you out without blinking. The core values are a joke; brainwashing in place to keep the junior staff in line and rarely evidenced by senior management. In fact, quite the opposite. Middle management (me) has to tow the line no matter what. It's not about doing your job well, it's about kowtowing to your manager and making them feel powerful and in control, and making sure you are falling in line. Saving face. Looking good. Putting other people down. Scapegoating. Those are the real Gilead core values. This is the first place I have worked where there merit doesn't really factor into the equation - it's about who likes you. In fact, if you try to do something to help your department or company, those are the very they will find a way to admonish you for. (At other companies, these types of efforts are usually lauded.) If your goal is to be king of the nerds with your grown up version of mean girls, (and you think this is more important than relationships with OLs or helping patients, or even growing and developing your people) then Gilead is the place you for you. But be careful and watch your back. Everyone there - everyone - all the way on up the chain, has to watch their backs. You fall out of favor one day and you are O-U-T out. In clinical operations, your senior management will throw you under the bus in a heartbeat - I have seen it happen time again to colleague. It's as if Gilead takes it's people - it's most valuable resource - and just crushes the soul of of them. At Gilead, there is no real acknowledgement of success; rather a focus on just "areas for growth" and "development opportunities". Who cares about what you actually did? It's all about how much sunshine you blew your manager's (and his/her manager's) way.

    Advice to Management

    Since management will not care one iota about what is written here, there is no point in me providing suggestions.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "great company to work for"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Program Manager in Foster City, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Program Manager in Foster City, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great opportunities for professional growth and development

    Cons

    fast growth is not always managed well


  3. Helpful (5)

    "MEH x 2"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Program Manager in Foster City, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Program Manager in Foster City, CA (US)
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Benefits, great pipeline, and Happy hours

    Cons

    Lack of trust in employees and no delegation of authority

    Advice to Management

    Need to innovate, change and provide some clear guidance.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Not enough oppurtunity to grow inside the company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Program Manager in Foster City, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Program Manager in Foster City, CA (US)
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you are one of early employees, the stock option worthes something. In general I can achieve a balance between life and work.

    Cons

    salary is below industry standard. Very hard to find senior people to work for our people because of the lower salary

    Advice to Management

    Need to bump up the salary to attract talent. Offer more oppurtunity for the junior employee to stand out and be promoted