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Gilead Sciences Reviews

Updated 16 August 2018
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Pros
  • "Great benefits, great leadership, teamwork" (in 42 reviews)

  • "Good benefits; good culture; decent place to work for" (in 33 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work-life balance is lip service" (in 116 reviews)

  • "No work life balance because of the heavy work load" (in 32 reviews)

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  1. "A genuinely Great Company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Cork
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Cork
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gilead Sciences full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, Excellent facilities worldwide. Dedicated employees, great focused leadership team and most of all every employee is contributing in some way to help cure very sick people.

    Cons

    Not too many come to mind


  2. Helpful (7)

    "QC Chemist Cork"

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    Former Employee - QC Chemist in Cork
    Former Employee - QC Chemist in Cork
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's better than being unemployed.

    Cons

    This was the worst company I have ever worked for. The atmosphere felt hostile. There was very little collaboration between colleagues, and management were ruthless. Don't take positive reviews about gilead being at the forefront of science to seriously, they were not from my experience. There was a terrible blame, and fear based culture there. It felt like being in one of those dark work houses of old that you might read about or see on documentaries.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps consider your motivation for perusing a career in management. If mentoring and encouraging people don't feature highly in this, then maybe your not suitable. Managers need to be people who are motivated by more than just job titles, ambition and personal success. They should love their field, want to lead people in a positive way, and help cultivate their futures. Even the military has evolved in terms of the way it leads people.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Not a bad place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Packaging Engineer in Cork
    Current Employee - Senior Packaging Engineer in Cork
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Typical formal GMP environment
    Good flexibility on hours
    Good wage

    Cons

    Expensive canteen with no local amenities
    Outdated processes resistant to change


  4. "Challenging, Project driven, but despite being cash rich, day to day budgets are far too tight !"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cork
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cork
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Gilead Sciences full-time

    Pros

    For the most part, a professional work environment, with highly experienced/qualified workers

    Cons

    work politics, inter-departmental trade offs, management are invisible (or office bound). Too many middle management or "titled" layers.

    Advice to Management

    Get into the nuts and bolts of your Dept. and be seen to do it. Walk the floor every day you can. Flatten the organization.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "QC Chemist"

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    Former Employee - QC Chemist in Cork
    Former Employee - QC Chemist in Cork
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Gilead is a really nice place to work, with really friendly and supportive staff. The work they do is very interesting

    Cons

    Too much workload on some teams within the QC department.
    The wages are low when compared to similar roles in the pharmaceutical industry


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Chaos caused by metrics"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cork
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cork
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Life saving products and strong pipeline

    Cons

    Micro management, blame culture, disorganised chaos.

    Advice to Management

    Have trust and faith in your employees. Move away from reliance on metrics.


  7. Helpful (11)

    "Chaos. Poor employee value."

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    Former Employee - Middle Manager in Cork
    Former Employee - Middle Manager in Cork
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great product. Science led organisation knows how to develop products.

    Cons

    Constant blame culture. - no respect for employees - promotions based on who you know not what you've done.

    Advice to Management

    Hire the right people first. Stop blaming someone else for your mistakes. Promote based on real performance achievements with fairness and balance. Earn respect.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "senior"

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    Current Employee - Senior in Cork
    Current Employee - Senior in Cork
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very Good salary and package

    Cons

    very political and us centric


  9. Helpful (2)

    "IT Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Friendly work environment, approachable managers

    Cons

    Very behind in technology, poor work/life balance for full time employees


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Terrible Terrible company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Full Time Employee in Cork
    Former Employee - Full Time Employee in Cork
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits
    And there is absolutely nothing else I could add to the pros of this company other than they produce great products.

    Cons

    You get the good salary and benefits in return for your life - Gilead does not believe in a work/life balance. Management are just terrible but to be fair it is not their fault - their just snowed under with new projects/initiatives, they are under a lot of pressure also. Very educated and intelligent people work there, however these peoples ideas and sound knowledge regularly gets shot down by management, due to insanely tight budgets that departments are forced to work with. There is a lot of frustration within the company due to all of this, which makes for a very unhappy and unhealthy work atmosphere.


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