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Updated 18 June, 2018
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Pros
  • "It is wonderful company to work for with good work/life balance" (in 155 reviews)

  • "Great benefits(Medical & Compensation)" (in 198 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 101 reviews)

  • "Hard to convert from intern to full-time position" (in 79 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Sr administrative assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    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. "Information Specialist II"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Specialist II in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Information Specialist II in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It feels good to contribute to the community and I'm proud to tell people that I work for Genentech

    Cons

    Ensure to continue managers assessment based on " employees need good manager"

    Advice to Management

    Continue the team work and collaboration across the organization

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Manager in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is the 3rd significant employer I have had in my professional career and this is by far the best place I have ever worked. Really love the mission of the company and also the way they treat employees. I have heard friends tell endless stories about how bad it is at their place of employment and I can not relate with the stories they tell. I feel so fortunate.

    Cons

    The major downside right now is simply trying to find parking on campus if you arrive to work late.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to live the mission and focus on doing what is the best for patients. This focus is great and replaces the financial bottom line focus of too many other companies.


  4. "Patients, Science, People"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing, smart colleagues with a true passion for patients
    Approachable CEO who I think really wants what is best for patients and our people
    A sense of humor even though the work is tough
    Bonuses this last year were terrific
    Top notch science and a commitment to scientific rigor
    New working flexibly philosophy was a good move

    Cons

    Workload is heavy.
    Budgeting hoops to jump through from Roche take a lot of time.
    Lots of restructuring going on right now - probably good in the long run, but hard on people here and now.

    Advice to Management

    Please continue to listen to employees and accept that in order to deliver on our highest priorities we will have to get rid of great & important (but lower value) work.


  5. "Great place, great people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company culture and excellent benefits for employees

    Cons

    Certain internal processes take a while


  6. "Roche (Genentech)"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and amenities (gym, commute buses/ferries, etc)
    Support people development
    Good 401K
    Give back to the community
    Care about patients

    Cons

    Average pay,
    Culture not the same since Roche took over
    Systems somewhat outdated, processes can be overly beaurocratic, decision making can be slow


  7. "Great Science and very large decentralized organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    benefits, the science/mission, work life balance and facilities

    Cons

    siloed functional approaches and decentralization to a fault. Very difficult to get cross functional issues or improvements implemented. Many politics and individual agendas.

  8. "Great focus on employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Genentech full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Compensation, bonus targets, benefits, flexibility

    Cons

    Lack of diversity, political at times (promotions based on who you know vs a true objective process).

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on hispanic and african american employees.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Associate director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Director in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Still have decent biotechnology culture. New ideas are well supported. Pretty campus.

    Cons

    Have gotten so big that productivity went down. Great minds have left for greener pasture. Needs a bit of overhaul to stay ahead.

    Advice to Management

    Things need to change that will encourage innovation for us to stay ahead of game. Need new blood. Clean house to increase productivity.


  10. "Engineering Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and experience

    Cons

    A large company that requires a lot of knowledge to know who are the right people to contact for specific work


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