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Genentech San Diego Reviews

Updated 10 February, 2017
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  • Work life balance is encouraged in departments that I've interacted with (in 116 reviews)

  • Awesome company with great benefits (in 158 reviews)

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  1. "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


  2. "No reason to work hard."

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Qa specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    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


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  6. "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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great company, great people, fun workplace."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Contractor"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. "SR. QEV ENGINEER"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in Oceanside, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in Oceanside, CA (US)

    Pros

    MANAGEMENT DOES NOT MICRO MANAGE. Company allows you to be creative,

    Cons

    Management slow on making decisions.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Instrumentation"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Instrumentation Technician in Oceanside, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Instrumentation Technician in Oceanside, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good team environment, challenging work, lots of ever-changing experience, good managers and co-workers. Good balance of work/play within the company. Lots of fun teambuilding activities, bbq's, get-togethers, etc.

    Cons

    Very political environment in regards to promotions, not a lot of lateral movement. Once you're in a position you're likely to stay and max out at that salary position given they don't tend to promote within.

    Advice to Management

    Promote within, outside talent is not always the best talent.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Automation Validation Contractor in Oceanside, CA (US)
    Former Contractor - Automation Validation Contractor in Oceanside, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They treat contractors as well as they do their regular employees, you really feel like you're part of the company. Great people to work for.

    Cons

    Do not get to participate in company functions as a contractor, and do not get to participate in their PTO schedule which can often differ from the holiday schedule that is offered through whatever contract company you work for

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work! This is a phenomenal place to contract. Continue to treat you contractors as if they were your own employees by empowering them and trusting their professional opinions.



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