Genentech Reviews

Updated Jan 13, 2021

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Genentech Chief Executive Officer Alexander Hardy
Alexander Hardy
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  1. "Awesome"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Everything about the company is amazing. Great culture focus on patients and science

    Cons

    None at this time to note.

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    "Sr administrative assistant"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
     

    I worked at Genentech

    Pros

    great work environment, great and helpful team

    Cons

    moving from contract to full time is difficult


  3. "Big Pharma with a California flare"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Director in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This company really puts people first. Lots say this, but this one truly lives it. Extra efforts are put into making sure you can show up as your "whole self" each and every day. They are creative, innovative, entrepreneurial and disruptive. Salary and benefits exceed expectations (as long as you dont live and commute to the home office in SSF where the cost of living negates the perceived advantages relative to other US located Pharma companies.

    Cons

    Spend so much time connecting and communicating that we have less than needed time to actually do the work. While benefits package is robust, I would like to see greater flexibility in adjusting to what the employee wants... One size fits all is weak. Also calibration and forced ranking remains a backwards approach to rewarding performance but these guys are not the only ones that still believe

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  4. "Excellent foundation experience"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Audit Manager in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    excellent culture that cares about people

    Cons

    Lots of politics if you aren't visible with leadership

  5. "I like it"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Bioprocess Technician in Oceanside, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Good communication, a lot of room to grow, leadership opportunities are encouraged. Pay is solid. Good experience if you decide to go somewhere else.

    Cons

    Schedule might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it is great for me.

  6. "like working here"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Good environment, and friendly coworkers

    Cons

    haven't found it yet, word count

  7. "Great"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
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    Current Employee - Research 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Culture, people, science, fun, community

    Cons

    Lots of change and reorgs

  8. "Great Company!!"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Intern 

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Amazing support from management

    Cons

    I have no cons, working at Genentech is great!

  9. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bioinformatics Scientist in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Awesome science, productive environment, space to grow

    Cons

    None that I’ve experienced so far

  10. "Positive place"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA

    I worked at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    good culture, high pay, regret leaving

    Cons

    heavy travel + grueling hours on the leadership side

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