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Gilead Sciences Senior Manager Reviews

Updated 21 May 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. "Interesting, empowering but demanding"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Senior Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - IT Senior Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    The fundamental purpose of the company is unquestionably good

    Cons

    Poor work / life balance is prevalent

    Advice to Management

    More staff and less bureaucracy required to prevent burn-out and negative perception


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Stable, but they put you in a box"

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    • 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

  3. "Develop valuable medical project"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Medical Manager in Milan (Italy)
    Current Employee - Senior Medical Manager in Milan (Italy)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Best product in class, high salary and excellent benefits, science driven, excellent pipeline, top quality medical projects, innovative, challenging you everyday

    Cons

    No formal development path, challenging you everyday, flat organization, few therapeutic areas and so few opportunities to grow different experiences


  4. "Sr. Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great working environment. Smart people

    Cons

    Lean organization requires to involve multiple projects


  5. "Working here"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager

    Pros

    the wonderful work they do, the opportunity to wear many hats in a role, competitive salary

    Cons

    the work life balance is poor and you are expected to work many more hours above your contract. The expectation to always be available is stressful and you never really have a holiday. it is very US centric which can be frustrating in Europe. Lack of leadership in some depts.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to work life balance in every dept. not just sales


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Contractor City and beware of IT"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Senior Project Manager in Foster City, CA (US)
    Current Contractor - Senior Project Manager in Foster City, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Subsidized lunch, free teas and coffees, central Bay Area location along the waterfront. Lots of contracting opportunities with good pay, but not very high pay.

    Cons

    They contract out most of the IT Department to independent contractors. There is no term-of-service limit and pay is decent -- competitive but not high. Because most of IT are contractors and independent consultants, there is high turnover, it's difficult to get things done and the culture is quite fluid and winner-takes-all. Additionally, a handful of long-term consultants seem to "run the show" in terms of projects there. They seem in it only for themselves. I've seen many a contractor get replaced by an overseas consultant with no notice. Full-time employees in IT don't seem to stay beyond a handful of years.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Competent coworkers, efficient workplace"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Foster City, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Foster City, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good resources to do the job, meaningful work, good cafeteria

    Cons

    Gym/ quiet areas could be better, lots of turnover, inconvenient location

    Advice to Management

    Give more attention/appreciation to what employees do

  8. Helpful (18)

    "You have to see it to believe it."

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Foster City, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Foster City, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Reasonable compensation. Strong pipeline. Patient Focused Research

    Cons

    I am fully aware of the risk of using superlatives in a review, but after 20 years in Biotech this is the worst company I ever worked for. Its not if, but when, you are going to experience the madness people talking about on this post. It is so bad you have to see it to believe it.

    If you are about to be sold on a "great opportunity to be part of a awesome growing company, where things move fast ..." Ask the internal recruiter or the hiring manager to see that last three employee engagement survey results and draw your own conclusion.

    Advice to Management

    You are the problem.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Sr. Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Foster City, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Foster City, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Good financial package if you can stay for several years. Only a percentage is vested every year.

    Cons

    Internal promotions are hard to attain. Once you start you're anchored. No mobility allowed to other jobs or departments. Recalcitrant executives with very old thinking do not allow change.

    Advice to Management

    Allow change


  10. Helpful (15)

    "Great experience, poor pay"

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    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Trials Manager in Foster City, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Trials Manager in Foster City, CA (US)

    Pros

    Great experiences - there are no silos so you get a wide variety of experiences

    Cons

    Pay is not all that great. Don't really seem to care about employees and employee feedback (from annual survey - the biggest complaint was compensation and the basically said 'too bad, not going to change'). As long as corporate goals are met - individuals do not matter.