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Gilead Sciences Senior Manager Reviews

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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. "Interesting, empowering but demanding"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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. "Sr. Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  3. "Working here"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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  5. "Contractor City and beware of IT"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  6. 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


  7. Helpful (17)

    "You have to see it to believe it."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    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.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Sr. Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  9. Helpful (14)

    "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.


  10. Helpful (18)

    "Disrespectful, Ineffective Management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Foster City, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Foster City, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits on par with others in the industry. 401k match and ESPP are a few notable positives. Most groups run lean so you do get to try many different functions because there are never enough people.

    Cons

    Decisions are made through feelings rather than with data. Superbly under qualified and under trained middle management who perform a function of making their bosses happy rather than bringing forth any true development for their teams.

    HR is an absolute joke (most HRBPs are a waste) and training has gotten better but still lags behind they companies.

    Advice to Management

    Look at actual resource planning rather than just embedding super high turnover into your business.


  11. 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.