Genentech Reviews

Updated 4 Aug 2020

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4.0
77%
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Genentech Chief Executive Officer Alexander Hardy
Alexander Hardy
97 Ratings
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  1. "Great company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Lot of development opportunities Great remuneration structure

    Cons

    Very competitive environment No work / life balance

  2. "Great place to work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager 

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Community Impactful Growth Engaging, Interesting, focus on innovative science

    Cons

    Larger Pharma corporation with more siloed roles


  3. "Good but frequent lay offs"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Administrator 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, work Iife balance, Best place to work. Great 401k, salary and bonus.

    Cons

    Frequent lay offs, favoritisms towards certain language spoken people

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work and learn"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Fellow in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Great culture and people-centered environment Very well-established labs with advanced instrumentation to learn Diverse background teams

    Cons

    Too big and too many teams and meetings, sometimes take a while to navigate and building connection

  5. "Great Company - but culture varies greatly across the sites and departments"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Flexible work/remote work, development opportunities, commitment to patients, overall culture at the South San Francisco site

    Cons

    Culture of manufacturing sites is negative compared to that of the South San Francisco site, leadership at manufacturing sites tend to micro-manage and problem-solve, HR is given an unusual amount of latitude and input into manufacturing decision-making (sometimes eclipsing input from technical leaders)

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Okay"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Good balanced work and life

    Cons

    A lot of meetings and layers

  7. "Work at Genentech"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is Great Work Life balance

    Cons

    Slow to move up in organization

  8. Helpful (1)

    "The Best in the West (and the East)"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Partner 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent CEO Great Benefits Amazing work for Patients

    Cons

    Big and Bulky Imperfect balance of autonomy and global oversight

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  9. "Working at Genentech"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Focus on patients and science

    Cons

    At times they make you feel like you are lucky to work here...many many people are under leveled and under titled. And they have you work in a position of a higher level but they leave you at the lower level and pay.

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  10. "Good for FTE, not for contractors"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Clinical Safety Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    The south SF office is very big, lots and lots lunch menus, place where you can learn and grow

    Cons

    The management is not friendly with contractors.

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