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Gilead Sciences Reviews

Updated 18 June, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great benefits, great leadership, teamwork" (in 42 reviews)

  • "Great team of people to work with, good benefits, good work-life balance" (in 31 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work-life balance is lip service" (in 114 reviews)

  • "No work life balance because of the heavy work load" (in 30 reviews)

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  1. "Great place for hard workers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Research Associate"

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

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time (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 promotion this year because of X." the next year, "Congrats on your promotion because of your great work on X." What?

    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.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Could be a lot better."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB
    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 in policies and treatment.

    Sometimes inconsistent communication and practices, especially with regard to performance expectations/review, and promotions. Was told one thing, then experienced another. This happened a lot.

    On-site cafeteria was some of the most consistently bad food I've ever experienced.

    "Lean" work philosophy. This means that essentially everyone had multiple jobs and work-life balance could be difficult at times, though generally this was cyclical and not that bad.

    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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Money OK, too much politics"

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

    I worked at Gilead Sciences (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


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Medical Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Medical Scientist in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Medical Scientist in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time (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


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Senior Therapeutic Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Senior Therapeutic Specialist in Mississauga, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Therapeutic Specialist in Mississauga, ON

    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


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Sr. Manager Commercial Learning and Development"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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

  8. Helpful (9)

    "Stuck in great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB
    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.


  9. Helpful (12)

    "Unorganized and under appreciated"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Technician in Edmonton, AB
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Technician in Edmonton, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice co workers for the most part. Not to far from city. Stock program is good, standard benefit package. Some products actually help people live better lives.

    Cons

    Underpaid greatly, dealing with exotic and dangerous chemicals, management does not like change, who do we blame game, out dated equipment, high stress environment, insufficient training programs, disgust between departments, etc

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people more! You are to cheap for such a wealthy company!


  10. "Great company that is what it says it is."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Belief in its vision and mission and core values is real and pervasive. Employees are empowered to be creative and bold when problem solving.

    Cons

    Very lean at only 8k employees worldwide for a company that earned 26B in revenue in 2017 means we all work a lot and have tremendous responsibility.

    Advice to Management

    Increase our salaries. Each employee accounts for more revenue (total revenue/total employees) than any other biopharmaceutical company with at least 5k employees. Yet we are paid salaries closer to the median.


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