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Genentech San Diego Reviews

Updated 25 August, 2017
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  • Work-life balance is not always easy because most jobs require long hours (in 95 reviews)

  • Very small chance to convert to Regular Full time (in 70 reviews)

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  1. "Great Work Life Balance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Oceanside, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Oceanside, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and work life balance

    Cons

    Difficult to climb upward and advance unless you switch positions.


  2. "Downhill Spiral"

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    Current Contractor - Manufacturing Technical Specialist in Oceanside, CA (US)
    Current Contractor - Manufacturing Technical Specialist in Oceanside, CA (US)
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relatively flexible schedule depending on department you work for.

    Cons

    Management can be distant and are thus disconnected from those of us doing the leg work. Lack of appreciation for the contribution by contractors, as a result talent is not retained. Even if you go above and beyond, there is often no intention of a direct hire scenario. Seems like an illogical business practice to let tried-and-true talent get away while having to always be training unpredictable temps to fill their shoes. But that's what Genentech has become, just another corporate model, getting further from the employee value system they've been known for.

    On the other hand, if you are a "full-time" employee, benefits are pretty good. However, even the monthly afternoon gatherings and extras that employees used to be familiar with have gone down hill quite a bit in the last couple of years.

    The work environment is ok. Has a tendancy to be cliquish, with a high school hallway atmosphere. Of course this isn't exactly unique, nor does it seem to be site-wide, however certain departments are pretty bad.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let contractors be lead on for years with no intention of bringing them on full time. Retain talent, start recognizing and rewarding performers again.

    Genentech Response

    8 Sep, 2017 – Account Manager

    Thank you for sharing your review. All of our people, regardless of role or title, play a pivotal part in helping us address unmet medical needs. Our contingent workforce plays a vital role in... More


  3. "Contractors will not be a priority"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Oceanside, CA (US)
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Oceanside, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Genentech as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company has been around for a long time, lots of perks if you're an employee or an intern.

    Cons

    Interns are treated better than contractors with the option to do many things and have the "blue badge" and can accrue their time there to use their "sabbatical" once they're working there full time. Permanent Jobs are offered to interns before they consider a contractor that has been there for 3 years.

    Company takes forever to decide on anything and no processes are in place. Higher ups get to spend money frivolously and then panic when we are over budget. Then they cut the contractors who worked and did practically their entire project.

    Advice to Management

    Realign and figure out which "permanent" employee is just dead weight and which contractors are worth converting to full time. Also, interns are just glorified teenagers who gets free cars and housing and does nothing all day but be on their phones, yet gets full credit when a project is done. Cut back on the internship benefits, it's hurting the company in the long haul.


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  5. Helpful (9)

    "No reason to work hard."

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Oceanside, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Oceanside, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Excellent training and exposure to medical industry
    Good benefits for direct hire "blue badge" employees
    Oceanside facility is impressive
    Opportunities to learn manufacturing staples such as Lean and 5S
    Looks good on a resume for future jobs

    Cons

    Contractor positions likely won't lead to full time hire
    Being in the right place at the right time is more important for advancement than hard work
    Nepotism runs rampant
    Slackers are rewarded
    Gossip, politics, favoritism, backstabbing
    Multiple slow, laggy software systems bottleneck production

    Advice to Management

    Technical: implement improvements for software, listen to improvement ideas

    Personnel: cut the nepotism, fire bad employees! Work culture is toxic and it is all avoidable.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Qa specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oceanside, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oceanside, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    fun place to work lots of goodie

    Cons

    Long hours so much work to review

    Advice to Management

    Keep looking for better leaders outside of he comp any to join and add new ideas


  7. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oceanside, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oceanside, CA (US)

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for and team

    Cons

    More resources to improve validation organization


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great benefits but frustrating"

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    Current Employee - Engineer II in Oceanside, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Oceanside, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really good benefits. Overall good people. Nice campus with amenities such as a cafeteria, basketball courts, volleyball courts. Lots of opportunity for lateral movement.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is inefficient. Computer/it systems are terrible and frustrating. Difficult to get in if you don't know somebody. Difficult to have any impact due to size.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the business processes. Consolidate the number of IT systems. Employees shouldn't spend a good portion of their day logging into multiple systems to complete a simple task or training 3-4 times on separate versions of the same material multiple times per year.


  9. "Downstream Bioprocess Tech"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oceanside, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oceanside, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Bonuses at the end of the year. Benefits and area parties every month.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for advancement at satellite site.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great company, great people, fun workplace."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Oceanside, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Intern in Oceanside, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Autonomous work environment with little micromanagement.
    You get to lead your own project
    Plenty of people willing to help you throughout your journey with great advice.
    Mentorship
    Very friendly workplace with patient oriented mindset.

    Cons

    Big corporation so your tasks are more narrow and specific.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Contractor"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Oceanside, CA (US)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Oceanside, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Genentech as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Empowered on the team. Friendly, casual environment. Great work life balance. Even though the facility had 24-7 operations; few office personnel worked beyond 5pm.

    Cons

    Monthly social events were only for full time employees. Contractors were left out -- in previous years, even for saftey- and holiday themed events. Last year, they allowed all employees to attend the safety event.
    Few opportunities to 'convert' to a full-time employee. Lots of 'long-term' contractors; over 2 years.

    Advice to Management

    Bring long-term contractor talent inhouse. They are helping augment your staff and are working toward the your company goals.


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