Genentech

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Genentech Reviews

Updated 17 December, 2014
Updated 17 December, 2014
832 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance, beautiful campus, co-workers are mostly nice and helpful (in 52 reviews)

  • Great benefits - very typical of extremely large companies (80,000 employees worldwide) (in 80 reviews)


Cons
  • It is hard to keep a good work life balance if the job is burning you out (in 51 reviews)

  • Lower pay, NO work/life balance (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Hard work, lots of perqs.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genentech as a contractor

    Pros

    Genenbus ensures a great commute, community is easy to get along with.

    Cons

    You will work hard at Genentech, whatever your position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent, please. Hiding info just makes you look as though you think that we're untrustworthy children.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great perks, but difficult career development

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    Current Employee - Associate Group Medical Director in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Group Medical Director in South San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company, great culture, fast pace, innovative, risk-takers, pretty open and direct communication style.
    Mixed PC- & Mac environment, business class travel for intercontinental flights, great support structure

    Cons

    Passive approach to career development (dogma: "everyone is responsible for her own career"). Can be translated as "the company doesn't help you in your career". It's really difficult to move up or even lateral.
    Some of the Stanford- & UCSF scientist are super-arrogant and almost refuse to engage in a debate with Non-Ivy League colleagues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open and flexible to career development.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Place to work

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    • 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 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I was doing a exchange program internship.
    Great facilities
    Ho-Ho are great.
    A lot of brains in the research department and easy to talk.

    Cons

    The Blue badge/contractor diferenciation
    Climb up the job is hard

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company that's great for career development and has a great culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Specialist in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Specialist in South San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    - Culture of teamwork, camaraderie, and innovative thinking
    - Career development support and opportunities are plentiful. The Career Lab at Genentech is almost on par with the career services at top business schools.
    - Flexibility in work hours and allowing employees to work from home. Good work/life balance

    Cons

    - Loss of employee stock purchase plan after acquisition by Roche
    - Genentech's identity seems to be lost and overshadowed by the Roche organization. It's essentially a private company with the brand name being leveraged by Roche. I wish the company had its autonomy and identity again.
    - The SSF campus is a bit far from downtime. This is pretty strategic since it keeps employee on campus and makes them more productive; however, it can get monotonous.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Research Associate

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

    I worked at Genentech

    Pros

    There was a good academic research feel as well as freedom to do creative research and innovate. There was also a good work life balance and strong benefits. They also had great parties.

    Cons

    The organization was too big and very complicated. There were too many people not passionate about their jobs. There was little change of career progression.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to enable career progression for more junior employees and simplify the organizational structure.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Passionate, committed people committed to advancing personalized medicine.

    Cons

    Occasionally, focus can be divided and analysis paralysis can set in (though, this happens less at Genentech than at other large companies)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain focus on commitment to ultimate mission and take every opportunity to help staff (across the board) to see how their contribution advances the boundaries of medicine and personalizes it for individual life quality

  8.  

    Good place to build biotech experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    - focus on patients and employees
    - training and development resources
    - little appreciation for knowing the business

    Cons

    - sometimes recognition programs are not authentic or hollow
    - too much analysis paralysis and buy in necessary before decisions are made

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company with Excellent Benefits

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    Former Employee - Manager in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in South San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Genentech full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Genentech has excellent benefits to attract the best employees, a highly educated workforce, a lot of MD and PhD graduates create an intellectually stimulating environment and there is a lot of opportunity to travel internationally. The
    campus is beautiful and there are many free bus services to enable employees to get to work. The restaurants in SSF campus also supply a diverse selection of food although it is not free it is certainly very delicious. A lot of online learning tools and onsite classes available to improve skills. Its a great place to work if you are a new graduate fresh out of college as you can build a large network and get some excellent training. Everyone is friendly and nice and there is a lot of support for international colleagues from Roche who move to California for work.

    Cons

    The leadership team from legacy Genentech has mostly gone. Reducing cost of clinical trials is a priority within Product Development. Research and Early Development is where most of the innovation happens and Commercial is where most of the money is spent. Building relationships in a global organization is considered more important than knowledge by some managers. Communicating complex issues within a global organization can be a challenge at times as many employees (including managers) have English as a second language. Your relationship with your manager will directly influence your success and future career opportunities. The recruitment process can be slow at times. HR do not always have a good understanding of the job requirements or business of the departments they support. A lot of employees stay for the benefits but may be more productive or engaged if they were to seek new opportunities elsewhere. Some of the culture of innovation has been lost since Roche took over but Genentech is still a top employer in the Bay Area. A lot of Roche employees have taken the top management positions in SSF.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage senior leadership to understand the business of each department and listen to their employees instead of making decisions that reduce costs but make it harder for employees to get the work done. Hire employees who know how to communicate and understand the business in addition to having the MD, PhD educational requirements.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    programmer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genentech full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    generally working with nice and smart people who are happy to be at genentech , interesting and challenging work, with descent salary, nice gym on campus

    Cons

    bay area' s high cost of living(particularly housing)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good job

  11.  

    Great Experiance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    Professionals that work hard thinking about the end result patients.

    Cons

    Pharm industry has a lot of regulations but not unique to Genentech

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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