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Gilead Sciences Reviews

Updated Jun 24, 2019

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54%
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59%
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Daniel O’Day
10 Ratings
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  • "can challenge work life balance(in 122 reviews)

  • "Upper management set with approaches that were more suitable for when the company was much smaller(in 36 reviews)

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  1. "Great place for hard workers"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time

      Pros

      Fast-paced, diverse tasks, collaborative culture, positive atmosphere.

      Cons

      Disorganized at times. Be prepared to work through lunches, breaks, and stay late when things are busy.

      Gilead Sciences2018-04-23
    • "whatever"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time

        Pros

        well paid so that was nice

        Cons

        way too much work to do

        Gilead Sciences2019-05-21
      • Helpful (2)

        "Research Scientist"

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

        I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time

        Pros

        Learn a lot, quickly Some management, especially middle management, are really good to work with

        Cons

        Very demanding, over worked a lot High turnover rate Heavy work load Pay not the best

        Gilead Sciences2018-12-13
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        "Research Associate"

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        Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in Edmonton, AB
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time for more than 8 years

        Pros

        They offer extensive professional development if you have the right department and manager. Lots of swag. Very stable employment. Again with the right manager you get lots of autonomy to plan your own schedule as long as deadlines are met. Challenging work for the right people. Chemists could get bored, but they let you get involved with many different projects if you wish.

        Cons

        Without a PhD your job will never change, you will be allowed to contribute slightly more the longer your tenure at the company, but don't be surprised if your ideas are wrong until three months later when your boss has the same idea, but it's brilliant. Entrance education level and tenure were the contributing factors to advancement, not performance. Conflicting performance evaluations make it hard to improve, "No...

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        Advice to Management

        People leave managers, not companies. Use those 360 reviews more effectively, like for people that actually work together rather than just reporting structures. Managers have no feedback on whether they are doing well and many could use some constructive feedback.

        Gilead Sciences2018-03-01
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        "Could be a lot better."

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB
        Doesn't Recommend
        Neutral Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time

        Pros

        Good pay relative to other jobs in the area and even in the country (Canada). Relocation benefits for new hires. Relatively young and diverse workforce. Stock awards, bonuses, RRSP/DPSP matching, excellent health plan. Good willingness to invest in human capital, such as training for employees in diverse subject areas. For the most part, a hardworking and competent workforce made up of good people.

        Cons

        Big disparity in benefits, pay, practices, quality of site resources, and attitude/culture from the main Foster City site. Site management could be very resistant to change and extremely reluctant to spend. This wasn't always the case but it seemed to be the norm. Often seemed to be a disrespectful or unprofessional attitude from some of site management towards lower-level employees. Lack of trust seemed obvious...

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        Advice to Management

        Start treating your employees better. Start acting like the big company that Gilead is. Bring practices in line with the HQ in California and you will not only have happier people working for you, you'll attract more top quality candidates.

        Gilead Sciences2018-02-13
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        "Money OK, too much politics"

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        Former Employee - Associate Manager 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I worked at Gilead Sciences for more than 3 years

        Pros

        The company has too much money

        Cons

        There are too much politics there. Difficult to work among different departments.

        Advice to Management

        better not to say it

        Gilead Sciences2017-11-03
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        "Medical Scientist"

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        Current Employee - Medical Scientist in Toronto, ON

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

        Pros

        Great medical team, lots of opportunities for learning

        Cons

        Differences of opinion not welcome, some bullying behaviour in upper management, salary on lower end for MSLs

        Advice to Management

        Get rid of those in management who are bullying others, truly listen to your employees

        Gilead Sciences2017-06-17
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        "Senior Therapeutic Specialist"

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        Current Employee - Senior Therapeutic Specialist in Mississauga, ON

        I have been working at Gilead Sciences

        Pros

        Salary, stock, car, fairly independent

        Cons

        Pressure, culture, people in managerial roles, treated like a mushroom-fed crap and kept in the dark

        Advice to Management

        Be transparent

        Gilead Sciences2016-11-11
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        "Sr. Manager Commercial Learning and Development"

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          Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
          Recommends
          Positive Outlook

          I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time

          Pros

          Fast growing company with a great track record of bringing needed therapies to patients.

          Cons

          None that come to mind

          Gilead Sciences2016-01-03
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          "Stuck in great company"

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          Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB
          Recommends
          Positive Outlook
          Approves of CEO

          I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time

          Pros

          Great benefits, employee stock purchase plan with a discounted purchase price, RRSP/DPSP contributions matched by Gilead.

          Cons

          No more opportunities for me without more education. I feel my experience means nothing outside my current department.

          Gilead Sciences2014-09-14
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