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Updated 21 February, 2018
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Gilead Sciences President & CEO John Milligan
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Pros
  • Great benefits, great leadership, teamwork (in 40 reviews)

  • Great team of people to work with, good benefits, good work-life balance (in 30 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is a struggle (in 108 reviews)

  • No work life balance because of the heavy work load (in 29 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Therapeutic Specialist"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. 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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Money OK, too much politics"

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    • Senior Management
    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


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Medical Scientist"

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    • Senior Management
    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 (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


  7. 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.


  8. 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!


  9. "Great Compesation, Great Expectations"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Dynamic work environment which has the ability to pivot to meet needs quickly.

    Cons

    Changes can come so fast that sometimes information is not properly passed along from top to bottom


  10. "Sales product specialist"

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    Former Employee - Product Sales Specialist in Mansoura, Dakahlia Governorate (Egypt)
    Former Employee - Product Sales Specialist in Mansoura, Dakahlia Governorate (Egypt)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovative smart-working community with professional management

    Cons

    A sales force field rep. it's a stressful job with much pressure to achieve sales objectives


  11. "MIXED OPINION"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good overall benefits - 401K, ESPP, HEALTH INSURANCE, COMMUTER PROGRAM

    Cons

    IT staff is very lean, constant juggle between multiple projects. Work life balance has no place. We hardly get a chance to use our allocated vacation days.


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