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Genentech Reviews

Updated Dec 4, 2019

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3.9
72%
Recommend to a Friend
89%
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Genentech CEO Alexander Hardy
Alexander Hardy
50 Ratings
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Cons
  • "Work life balance varies greatly depending on your function or manager(in 110 reviews)

  • "Hard to find opportunities for full time(in 100 reviews)

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  1. "Evolving but still a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Patient Access Representative 

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Current structure is evolving but lots of opportunity for advancement and promotion

    Cons

    Still a lot of unknowns about future structure and business strategy

    Genentech2019-12-03
  2. "n/a"

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    Current Employee - QC Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Many knowledgable members work here. proud of their products

    Cons

    Too much politics. Hard to move forward if you have no mentors

    Advice to Management

    n/a

    Genentech2019-11-25
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    benefits, collaboration, fun environment and lots of activities

    Cons

    hard to get promotions and low visibility with upper management

    Advice to Management

    Not applicable/ no advice to management

    Genentech2019-11-19
  4. "The pros are also the cons (SSF)"

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    Current Employee - Bioprocess Technician in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The hours, you get so many days off compared to any other full time job. Coworkers are amazing people.

    Cons

    Never have a full weekend off, time spent not working on work days too little to get much done without seriously impacting sleep. weeks consist of work-sleep (X4) half week weekend on weird days

    Advice to Management

    Things are very turbulent recently at Genentech. Through it all, the coworkers have been great (at least in SSF). Don't let your focus on hiring people that fit the genentech culture waver, IMO its the best thing genentech has going for it.

    Genentech2019-11-21
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent workplace with tremendous room for growth."

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    Current Employee - Intake Coordinator in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Genentech is an excellent place to work. If you become a full time employee and are promoted to a blue badge the opportunities simply open up. Immediately you have incredible healthcare benefits, development opportunities, bonuses, and other corporate rewards. Even if you are working from home partially or full time you are supplied with great equipment including a sit to stand desk, high end monitor, and chair.... Genentech really shows that it cares about its employees and how they are doing. It strives to see its employees prosper, grow, and thrive. It is an excellent place to work and I look forward to serving here for a large portion of my life.

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    Cons

    At first Genentech can be intimidating. Being a green badge (contractor) and attempting to mix with blue badges (FTEs) can be difficult. FTE positions are fairly few and far between. But if one does come up you are encouraged to apply and are always pushed to take chances which is great. The contractor/FTE barrier is really the only tough part, but if you can get past that your potential is almost infinite. Even if... you don't get an FTE position and your contract ends, working at Genentech teaches you a lot of valuable skills.

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    Genentech2019-11-17
  6. "Look elsewhere"

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    Former Employee - Utility Worker 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Genentech full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Vacation and sabbaticals, health benefits

    Cons

    Roche took over and started streamlining. More about the bottom line then patients. Definitely lost focus of how Genentech ran business

    Genentech2019-11-20
  7. "Recent review"

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    Current Employee - Marketing in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good work life balance

    Cons

    Hard to advance in current structure

    Advice to Management

    Focus on people mangers that support and coach will make the company stronger

    Genentech2019-12-04
  8. "good company"

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    Current Employee - Bench Chemist 

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    great colleagues, benefits, location, and etc....

    Cons

    typical big company problem

    Genentech2019-11-15
  9. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Global Project Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of great perks and a very good work-life balance

    Cons

    Some departments lack leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Lots of opportunities for cost savings. Redundant departments and roles.

    Genentech2019-11-15
  10. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Great for everyone involved in the company

    Cons

    not at all for anyone

    Genentech2019-11-11
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