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Updated 15 October 2018
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  • "Work life balance can be an issue sometimes" (in 105 reviews)

  • "Hard to convert from intern to full-time position" (in 84 reviews)

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  1. "Culture is taking a hit during transformation"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Great pipeline, nice facilities, smart & passionate people

    Cons

    Re-organizing & lay-offs. Poor communication & impression of half-baked ideas being rolled out. Outlook of more growth in role vs. moving around among roles.


  2. "Best Company Ever"

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    Current Employee - Cos in Field, KY (US)
    Current Employee - Cos in Field, KY (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I am treated with respect and feel valued. I am incredibly proud to be a part of this organization.
    Genentech embraces diversity. I have been extremely happy during my time here.

    Cons

    With the exception of a few hiccups, working at Genentech has been magnificent. I hope to never have to consider working any place else. However, there are some managers who continue to permit toxic employees to contaminate an entire team around them. This can be incredibly distracting and counterproductive in our efforts to promote a team centric environment.

    Advice to Management

    Please continue to listen to the feedback from your employees. You have recently done a wonderful job of implementing various changes that have been very well received. It is very apparent that you are taking our considerations very seriously and making many improvements. This is much appreciated. Thank you !

  3. "A thoughtful and supportive company!"

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    Current Employee - Business Manager in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Business Manager in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work very hard at diversity and inclusion, truly support their employees through benefits, services, and programs and reward their employees for all their hard work to deliver medicines to patients.

    Cons

    Slower to incorporate agile principles.

    Advice to Management

    Keep evolving work environment flexibility, career and development opportunities and digital infrastructure and capabilities.


  4. "Great place to develop your early career"

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientific Researcher in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Scientific Researcher in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Science focused operation. People are passionate and very friendly.

    Cons

    Senior management can use a bit more transparency. Promotion can be scarce and movement upward can be difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Please consider the SF bay area living cost. Despite being one of the best paying/compensated in biotech/pharma field, it's still not sufficient for tech-driven bay area cost.


  5. "Sr. Administrative Associate"

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    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Associate in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Associate in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing potential to build skills through training, seminars, peer instruction. The team I am working with is very much about inclusion with all levels...there is no feeling of superiority and a great deal of respect. Creating my own challenges to build better support is an opportunity I enjoy. The company embraces ideas that will streamline and benefit the organization.

    Cons

    The company is very motivated to support individuals ability to have a 'life balance'. It might be advantageous to ask managers to understand how that balance looks across the team and assess those who might be taking advantage.

    Advice to Management

    The workday award program is really an amazing opportunity to credit team members but it can also be mis-used.


  6. "Great place to intern!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great coworkers, cool employee perks, and an overall awesome work environment!

    Cons

    None that come to mind!


  7. "Great place to work"

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

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, engaged employees and an established focus on safety, quality and cost.

    Cons

    Some roles at the company have a lot of ambiguity.

  8. "Best 5 years of my 20+ year career !"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Market Access Leader in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Market Access Leader 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

    1) Every opinion and perspective counts
    2) One learns ALL aspects of Biotech/Pharma here, R&D, Clinical, Commercial, Operations, Market Access, you name it.
    3) free to set up time with senior leaders - little to no hierarchy (had lunch with CEO in my first month on the job)
    4) surrounded by extremely bright and ambitious minds
    5) Empowered
    6) Well compensated
    7) Paid sabbatical after every 6 years of service

    Cons

    1) Since we're surrounded by such bright people, promotions can be extremely competitive


  9. "Great Place to Work and Develop in Career"

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

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

    Pros

    Focus on people and patients is real, development is supported through variety of resources, company is well-resourced and benefits are exceptional, there are many career opportunities and leaders are actively supporting diversity and inclusion initiatives

    Cons

    Decision making has been slow in past and hierarchical but transformation is resulting in real change, empowerment, and agility to better serve customers

    Advice to Management

    Continue to pursue transformation to be more agile and customer-centric


  10. "Sr Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing facilities and pipeline...well funded

    Cons

    Big company bureaucracy that can make decision making slow.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify processes, reduced layers of decision making


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