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good company to work for

Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA (US)
Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA (US)

I have been working at Genentech full-time (more than 10 years)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

work hour flexibility, interesting work

Cons

long commute, not very much pay

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Better than some, worse than others. Roche culture is hurting GNE culture and morale

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Systems Specialist in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Systems Specialist in South San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits
    Opportunities to learn skills that will help you market yourself
    Lot's of food
    Lot's of parties
    Six week sabbatical every 6 years for regular employees

    Cons

    Very political
    Little to no opportunities for growth
    Little to no opportunities for advancement
    Competitive to the point of back stabbing
    Morale is at its lowest in years

    Advice to Management

    Transparency, there are way too many secrets causing a huge lack of trust and respect
    Stop treating people like 'resources'

  2. Helpful (1)

    Many pros, significant cons

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, cafeteria, holiday parties were great. Unlimited resources to do science.

    Cons

    No career ladder or chance or move up. Scientists hired on the basis of prestigious publications not actual disease relevant research experience. Large egos hinder real progress. As an RA, I was told that I was not there to think, but only to execute.

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge that everyone has something of value to contribute. Great ideas don't only come from Senior VPs.

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