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Updated 23 February, 2018
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Pros
  • It is wonderful company to work for with good work/life balance (in 148 reviews)

  • Great products & great benefits (in 189 reviews)

Cons
  • You will work hard and it is up to you to find the right work life balance by being very effective with your time (in 99 reviews)

  • Hard to convert from intern to full-time position (in 75 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Sr administrative assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great work environment, great and helpful team

    Cons

    moving from contract to full time is difficult


  2. Helpful (43)

    "Best in the field"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong culture of innovation and inclusion.

    Cons

    Very large (though that is in some ways a positive)

    Genentech Response

    29 Jan, 2018 – Account Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to share your review and for your 8+ years at Genentech! We believe diversity drives innovation, so we're focused on building a culture where difference is valued... More


  3. "Micro Managers"

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    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Specialist in Hartford, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Specialist in Hartford, CT (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They offer an employee Good Pay, benefits and training. The Oncology side of the business is by far the place to be

    Cons

    They treat their employees like a number and micromanage every step you take. They do not allow an entrepreneurial spirit. They want a bunch of robots running around

    Advice to Management

    Stop micro management


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  5. "Great Benefits!"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Associate in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Administrative Associate in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - the new gym is amazing!
    - the people (most) are brilliant and nice
    - products you'll be proud of! We're saving lives for gosh sakes

    Cons

    - change is inconvenient, even when it's for the better. And things are ALWAYS changing around here
    - decisions require alot of consensus. too many cooks in the kitchen
    - lots of meetings


  6. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    I liked the culture, people,opportunity, and pipeline

    Cons

    communication can be unilateral at times


  7. "Great benefits"

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    Current Employee - Data Analyst in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Everything was there great and nice

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of


  8. "Good employer"

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    Current Employee - Management Associate
    Current Employee - Management Associate
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Lots of learning opportunities for self-development
    Great team camaraderie, culture
    Great benefits
    Transparent communication from Executives

    Cons

    Most support service is outsourced
    Parking
    Inefficient or duplicate systems

    Advice to Management

    Genentech is a very special place to work due to your efforts. Please hold on to that something special that is Genentech culture.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "a company you can be proud of"

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    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    An authentic and Patient-centric mission
    It is a really employee-friendly company, it pays well, and Field teams are recognized. Tons of perks like Give Back week and concert and the off-sites.
    Truly great people that are fun to work with. Excellent patient speakers!

    Cons

    Some senior leaders use meetings as a platform to give their political views to a captive audience. I like the authenticity but not the way other view points are critiqued. Self awareness is important - think how you would feel if your all-Republican leadership team continually criticized the Democratic party, president and voters.

    Advice to Management

    Advocate for Genentech's culture of innovation. Keep strengthening field collaboration. Help Roche integrate with our culture instead of changing it.


  10. "Evolving company culture"

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    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Genentech full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    True calling to change patients lives and the healthcare industry. Very smart employees who for the most part are humble and savvy. Global integration with Roche enables large scale projects and missions. Ability to work remotely and travel to various continents based upon project/work assignments.

    Cons

    Leaner budget for employee perks and benefits annually over the course of the Roche acquisition. Bottom line figures come to finance and not proportionate to employee well-being. Do more with less became the motto and senior management had no compromise or alternatives. A trend of utilizing talent in lesser salaried countries to work with those in the US became a factor of slower progress and various collaboration hurdles.

    They emphasize that you own your own career and path but when management distributes over capacity assignments, it's a clear indication your career growth will likely be stunted.

    Company culture has changed over the years, major attribute is that many senior employees from management to individual contributors have exited, thus externals have been hired to fill the void and only guess how the company culture is envisioned. With competitive organizations located within the Silicon Valley replicating the culture, it is difficult to retain employees unless you are specifically in the R&D departments.

    Advice to Management

    Refocus energy on your internal staff and the strides they make to accomplish what many organizations cannot even fathom.


  11. "Genentech is fading away... Roche is taking over"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    The sense of community is great

    Cons

    Upper management is tone deaf - replacing long term Genentech managers with Roche ones. The Genentech culture is disappearing.

    Advice to Management

    Words are good, actions are better...


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