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Updated 11 February 2019
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  1. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Hillsboro, OR (US)
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Hillsboro, OR (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits
    Competitive Pay
    Great People
    Welcoming Environment
    No Micro-Management
    Boss was great.

    Cons

    Lots and Lots of Red Tape
    Processes aren't always clearly defined, which tended to waste a lot of people's time.


  2. "High EQ environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Everyone you work with is smart and committed to the needs of our patients.

    Cons

    There is a lot of fire fighting for problems based on urgency of many kinds. It wears you down especially if you are there for awhile and see issues repeat themselves

    Advice to Management

    Lack of consistent messaging around flexible work environments. CEO messaging seems encouraging but HR and middle management create policies that conflict with the messaging, defining number of days and which days of the week you need to be in office. This denotes a lack of trust in the people that work for you.

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    "Great place to work... but time to move on"

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    Former Employee - Principal Manager, Portfolio Planning in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Principal Manager, Portfolio Planning in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Genentech full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great salary, amazing benefits and true intent to do what is right for the patient.

    Cons

    Typical bureaucratic, layered culture of an "old school" pharma company made decision-making long and tedious and subsequently impacted getting things done quickly. Also, extremely competitive environment can make it tough for individuals wanting to explore different opportunities in the company. Seems to be more about "WHO you know" than what you know in terms of skills and competencies.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency and embrace/reward/recognize those who speak up and out.


  4. "Great Place"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Balance, Opportunities, Success, Development, Harmony

    Cons

    Lots of Red Tape at times


  5. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Work life balance and independence

    Cons

    Sometimes lots of red tape


  6. "Great company to work for!!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Genentech full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, telecommuting, work-life balance, professional, excellent staff, great company-sponsored events, good benefits

    Cons

    Traffic to and from work


  7. "Great Place To work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer I in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Engineer I in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Genentech is a great place to work with a lot of employee benefits. It's a great culture with a lot of opportunity for mentorship and growth.

    Cons

    The downside is increasing competition of biotech companies is leading to increasing traffic.

  8. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Dedicated employees
    Good science
    Good benefits
    Upward mobility

    Cons

    Large corporate enviroment
    Siloed
    Complex processes for getting things done


  9. "Great company and great medicines"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clinical Specialist
    Former Employee - Clinical Specialist
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Genentech (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, really listen to your ideas

    Cons

    Leadership changes a lot. Lots of movement.


  10. "Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Recommends

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Extremely supportive of exploring scientific opportunities, doing primary research, and growing your technical career.

    Cons

    Corporate structure and culture is too slow to change and adapt.

    Advice to Management

    Continue aggressively pushing for manager training and promoting diversity at all levels.