Genentech Reviews in San Diego, CA

Updated 15 July, 2014
Updated 15 July, 2014
784 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance, beautiful campus, co-workers are mostly nice and helpful (in 47 reviews)

  • Great benefits - very typical of extremely large companies (80,000 employees worldwide) (in 76 reviews)


Cons
  • It is hard to keep a good work life balance if the job is burning you out (in 48 reviews)

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

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not the old Genentech

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Maintenance Planner  in  Oceanside, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Maintenance Planner in Oceanside, CA (US)

    I worked at Genentech full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Having worked in operations for eight years in Vacaville, South San Francisco and Oceanside, South San Francisco is by far the best location and still has a strong Genentech culture, Outside of San Francisco the culture is less noticeable, but in general People are nice, benefits are good not great. Ho-Ho's are nice , work can be challenging, co-workers are supportive

    Cons

    Working in Vacaville or Oceanside pay is low, stock options are almost non existent, weak culture, poor management, management shoots from the hip with no clear plan or strategies. Managers are not leaders but "yes" men and women. Nearly impossible to advance to a new position unless you are part of the "in crowd". If you want the five star rating work in South San Francisco, Vacaville and Oceanside are disappointments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make an effort to strengthen the culture at Vacaville and Oceanside, allow internal applicants to advance their careers, improve contractor workers work conditions, fire managers that do not understand metrics and who manage their departments by threatening employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bio-process Technician

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Bio Process Technician  in  Oceanside, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Bio Process Technician in Oceanside, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    6 week Sabatical after 6 years
    6% 401k match
    Fair insurance
    good vacation time
    Good shifts

    Cons

    Promotion percentage are low and time to take to get promotions are long
    Movement in company is limited
    Very cut throat corparate
    Apply large changes to lifestyles frequently changes shifts

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great benefits and culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Material Specialist  in  Oceanside, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Material Specialist in Oceanside, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and culture
    Worked with some incredible people

    Cons

    Small site means very limited growth potential

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Manufacturing Bioprocess Technician

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Bioprocess Technician  in  Oceanside, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Bioprocess Technician in Oceanside, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, pay, 401k, vacation (3 weeks plus 6 week sabbatical every 6 years) sick time. Great overall work force. Positive environment.

    Cons

    Overworked, no time to self develop.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to slow down sometimes to allow us to improve on current issues.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    If you dont fit the clique, you are ousted...no matter how hard you work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Materials Operations Specialist  in  Oceanside, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Materials Operations Specialist in Oceanside, CA (US)

    I worked at Genentech full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Big Company with stability and future growth since they became Roche.

    Cons

    Contractors are alienated. Also, be ready to get on the lemmings train...conform....or goodbye
     to you. The funny thing is, they try to push outside the box thinking....but shun you when you speak up.
    And this coming from MULTIPLE people ( more ex employees as well) = Way too much Politics and drama in Oceanside.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't try to manage every aspect of every person. Some people are good at certain things and not so much at others. Don't use tactics like upgrading a system to relieve yourself from people that are less fortunate.
    Also, Introverts are not bad people. Some of the greatest minds ever were that way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Oceanside, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oceanside, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits
    High-performance culture
    Company cares about its employees and patients
    Promotes diversity and inclusion more than any employer I have ever worked for

    Cons

    A lot of unneccessary bureaucracy especially when dealing with corporate functions
    Less altruistic since Roche took over
    Difficult to move up from within.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change HR practices that make it difficult for people to move up as quickly from within. So many people leave and then come back, getting hired at a salary and level they would have had to wait years to achieve from within.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate  in  Oceanside, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Oceanside, CA (US)

    I worked at Genentech full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great culture and people. lots of opportunity to learn.

    Cons

    be careful of politics. there is a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    care about employees' career development

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good, but not for long

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Intern  in  Oceanside, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Operations Intern in Oceanside, CA (US)

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    People - They are great to work with. Also, great perks.

    Cons

    Management highly incompetent in identifying and promoting talent. The louder you are the faster you get promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on identifying true talent, hard work and take efforts to retain them.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good but depends on manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Oceanside, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Oceanside, CA (US)

    I worked at Genentech

    Pros

    Lots of great experiences, can very challenging. A lot of great people who are willing to help you out when needed.

    Cons

    Some managers are very incompetent, which is sad. Was so much better before the Roche take over no matter how much Roche tries to pretend it's all the same.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Examine what projects are given to your interns. Chances are it reflects a lot about the department. The more challenging the projects to the interns. The more competent the department.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Development Intern  in  Oceanside, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Process Development Intern in Oceanside, CA (US)

    I worked at Genentech

    Pros

    Great Pay, support system, friendly people

    Cons

    No downside really, interns get no benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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