Genentech Reviews

Updated 12 September 2014
Updated 12 September 2014
775 Reviews
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775 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance, beautiful campus, co-workers are mostly nice and helpful (in 42 reviews)

  • Employees get great benefits, though Roche prefers to save money by hiring contractors (in 71 reviews)


Cons
  • It is hard to keep a good work life balance if the job is burning you out (in 43 reviews)

  • After the merger with Roche there have been many changes that are taking some time to get used to (in 22 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    This company has challenged me to grow professionally and personally.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician  in  South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in South San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    I have met many different types of people and personalities and there's never a dull moment.
    I believe I am fairly paid across industry standards, I get 12 hours of paid vacation a month, and the company is a huge advocate of making positive changes that enhance our safety, quality and production.

    Cons

    This company is well-known, but like many companies, still very disorganized, possibly due to high turn over rates. I've had over 7 supervisors in the last 5 years and it's hard to create a positive reputation or to demonstrate growth to those in positions to hire or promote due to high turn-over rate for even leadership personnel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep people-oriented. As a leader, you should want to command a group that will out of respect voluntarily choose to follow and aid in your vision that not only benefits the company, but benefits the development and growth of your personnel.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genentech

    Pros

    Great company and great people, good pay, excellent benefits

    Cons

    people driven, too much reliance on people makes it risky and hard when people leaves with knowledge and experience, talent retention needs more attention

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Commercial Operations

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Admire the people I work with and enjoy working with them. Work is challenging yet rewarding. Comp and benefits together are fantastic.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is fine, but don't come here expecting it will be handed to you. Instead, you have to own it and drive it and ensure your manager supports it. That said, it's a competitive place and it's difficult to differentiate your performance and advance by just "doing an OK job."

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Salesforce Administrative/Developer  in  South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Salesforce Administrative/Developer in South San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Genentech as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Very professional!
    Great teams and challenging requirements!

    Cons

    not too many fun activities.Managers need to interact with their sub ordinated more often than not

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Roche/Genentech is still a great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Procurement Manager  in  South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Procurement Manager in South San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Benefits, stock, work-life balance, smart people.

    Cons

    Cultural friction with Swiss headquarters, TRAVEL, constant change in efforts to integrate 2 companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better job of grooming and promoting from within Genentech rather than allowing dysfunctional Roche management to stay in place.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Genentech Rocks

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genentech

    Pros

    Great company, great culture, great benefits!

    Cons

    There no cons that I saw in my time there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Cutting edge science, puts patients first

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genentech

    Pros

    office culture, benefits, relaxed casual environment

    Cons

    personal growth, work load in some cases

  9.  

    Great company to work for!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Too many wonderful things to say:
    -- always maintains focus on the patient
    -- competitive salary
    -- great balance of home and work
    -- numerous possibilities for upward movement and cross-training
    -- encourage training and many no cost opportunities exist
    -- Genenbus takes the stress out of driving in the bay area

    Cons

    -- Concern in SSF that globalization will take away local jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing a great job!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    The Place to be for Biotech

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Too many to name... noble work, great compensation, good people to work with, leaders who care about development and employee welfare (ymmv), food, food, food, concerts, beautiful campus, sense of community & volunteerism and more!

    Cons

    Work/life balance: depending on where you are, there is often a work to your max (and sometimes beyond) atmosphere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Being a fast paced, dynamic company has led to a great amount of turnover in leadership (mostly due to advancement- a good thing!). Some of the new leaders (or new in position leaders) were great individual contributors, but need some work as people managers. Take or find the time to help them improve. And be wary of running too lean.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    One of the best company to work for!

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

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    Great culture, benefits, genenbus, telecommuting and office location.

    Cons

    Health and fitness location.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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