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Genentech Reviews

Updated 13 December, 2017
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  • Work-life balance is not always easy because most jobs require long hours (in 97 reviews)

  • Very small chance to convert to Regular Full time (in 71 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. "Great company to work for."

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    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Oncology Specialist in Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Oncology Specialist in Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, and management, however upper management has lost its way and is becoming more and more like big pharma.

    Cons

    Getting to be more and more like big Pharma. Hiring consulting firms to do the dirty work of who stays and who goes is not how you treat members of your “family”.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to your roots of what made Genentech.


  3. "Overall fun experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    - pays for transportation and has accessible buses going everywhere
    - really nice gym
    - really interesting and smart researchers
    - good food at a cheaper price

    Cons

    - I got bored on my intern project a lot so I went out and found other projects for myself
    - kind of hard to reach place but they have transportation!
    - really large company so you don't get to know people other than your immediate surroundings unless you really put yourself out there


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  5. "Great experience!"

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    Current Employee - Automation Engineer in Vacaville, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Automation Engineer in Vacaville, CA (US)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great work culture, good benefits and excellent work life balance.

    Cons

    Promotions are siow, Bad upper management.


  6. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Analyst in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Genentech part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Well funded, well supported, good reputaton

    Cons

    None really. Company is well run.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to do good research


  7. "Good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Instrumentation Technician in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Instrumentation Technician in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work environment, positive people, and good benefits. Great company events and annual bonuses. Sense of pride of making patients lives better.

    Cons

    Continuously changing rules and operations. Benefits used to make salary lower for employees which leads to a lack of retention of good technicians.


  8. "Quality Control Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    -Benefits still pretty good
    -good culture, attention to a detail is a must
    -opportunities for growth depending on department

    Cons

    -moving into other parts of the company usually very difficult unless you know someone well
    -benefits and perks starting to decrease in recent years

    Advice to Management

    -better cross training opportunities


  9. "Technical Operations"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People are great to work with/for. There is still that start up feel of work hard play hard

    Cons

    Genentech is having some trouble with agility. There is definitely a shift in the industry and senior management is trying to cope with it but employees are feeling some of the pains.


  10. "Genentech"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Large corporate environment with lots of perks.

    Cons

    Heavily matrixed, lots of politics and egos, takes forever to accomplish anything. Does not innovate, even though its marks itself as an innovator


  11. "A great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Excellent community and work-life balance. People care about their work and the company values its employees.

    Cons

    The company culture has suffered slightly as the company has grown


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