Genentech Reviews

Updated May 12, 2021

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Genentech Chief Executive Officer Alexander Hardy
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  1. "Awesome"

    5.0
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    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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    I worked at Genentech

    Pros

    great work environment, great and helpful team

    Cons

    moving from contract to full time is difficult


  3. "Amazing colleagues, great culture, and important mission"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in State College, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Very supportive, creative, smart colleagues. Supportive culture. Excellent campus and work spaces. Lots of opportunity for learning and to take your ideas forward.

    Cons

    So much transformation and change all the time. Leaders are rethinking how to lead (from hierarchy to networked and empowered teams) and so it's a bit bumpy at the moment with teams feeling a lack of clear tactical direction from leaders. The vision, ambition and mission are there, but how to get there, teams are relearning how to do this. Career advancement is quite challenging. You can take on lots of different opportunities and experiences, even at the next level, but the HR mechanisms for recognizing and compensating this still hasn't caught up yet, very hierarchical still in terms of needing to be promoted or interview to advance.

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  4. "Excellent Company"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Patent Agent in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Colleagues are brilliant. driven, and dedicated to our mission. The science is world-class, the work is interesting, compensation and benefits are excellent. Very good work-life balance. The walk the talk when it comes to D&!.

    Cons

    Can be overly bureaucratic . Advancement opportunities for some positions are rare. Few remote work options for corporate employees. There is a degree of elitism amongst employees.

  5. "Great opportunities to develop and grow"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Amazing culture - Good work life balance - Intelligent, hard working, respectful and fun colleagues

    Cons

    Like any large company, there can sometimes be silos that slow things down, but lots of great minds working together to solve these types of issues.

  6. "Used to be a great company"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Really personally gratifying to help make medicines that change lives. Coworkers are great and the campus is beautiful. Used to get parties and concerts but all that has gone away in the last 18 months.

    Cons

    Pay not competitive. Jobs are complicated and take a long time to learn. Current cost saving initiatives have destroyed the site and efficiency. Job scope is so large it’s impossible to maintain proficiency in an incredibly complex industry. Upper management out of touch with reports.

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  7. "Great Work Culture"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Bioprocess Technician in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Great company culture -Diversity -Benefits -Friendly atmosphere -Nice campus

    Cons

    -Hard to think independently -Transparency about job promotions

  8. "IT manager Role"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Senior IT Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great company, great peers and work values

    Cons

    Load management at times can be overbearing

  9. "Genentech Research Associate"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    You’re given any resource required to execute your project

    Cons

    Workload can be excessive at times

  10. "Great place to be a postdoc"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great salary (relative to academia), benefits (401K match, health care, company bus, social events) and inclusive academic-like working environment make Genentech a great place to do your postdoc. You will be pushed to publish and will be in a solid position to make the step back to academia afterward if you so wish. Atmosphere on campus is similar to an academic institution with lots of invited seminars from top external academic scientists and a focus on basic science.

    Cons

    Sometimes it can feel like postdoc programs can get overlooked relative to the pipeline but it's all relative as the resources and financing available for your project far exceeds the average in academia.

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