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Genentech Reviews

Updated 17 November 2014
Updated 17 November 2014
813 Reviews
3.9
813 Reviews
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Genentech CEO Ian T. Clark
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance, beautiful campus, co-workers are mostly nice and helpful (in 50 reviews)

  • Great benefits - very typical of extremely large companies (80,000 employees worldwide) (in 78 reviews)


Cons
  • It is hard to keep a good work life balance if the job is burning you out (in 50 reviews)

  • Lower pay, NO work/life balance (in 11 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company overall

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

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

    Pros

    Company that has the right set of values and goals, good aspirational focus: focused on patient and unmet medical needs. Decent career growth if you fit the culture, very good childcare facilities on campus and good overall employee appreciation events.

    Cons

    Not enough racial diversity at the most senior levels (senior director and above) and senior management can be myopic in putting people into a box, they brand you (i.e. what you are known for) based on their direct experience as opposed to what you can bring to the table (developing you and your potential).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider adding more non-Caucasian women to your senior ranks in Commercial and MCCO. Still predominantly a Caucasian-based leadership team in these functions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good compensation, great science

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

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Well respected in the industry. Scientists at this company can often get director level positions at other compaies. Employees get good salaries, bonuses and benefits. Good cafes and free gym. GenenBuses reach almost every corner of the bay area.

    Cons

    High stress and heavy work load. Working with its parent company Roche is not always straight forward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much is money is spent on off-sites and traveling, but too little on promotions. Give employees better titles.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Command and control

    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    Pay is good and sabbatical is a plus

    Cons

    HR had too much power. Managers get preferential treatment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire managers in a role they have experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Absolutely amazing internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Site Services in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Site Services in South San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Genentech full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, challenging work, amazing benifits

    Cons

    I don't have a single complaint

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best place to work... Ever.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QC Scientist in Oceanside, CA (US)
    Current Employee - QC Scientist in Oceanside, CA (US)

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Friendliest staff imaginable, free espresso/coffee, unending opportunities to learn and grow within the company

    Cons

    None, this place is doing it right. Well, I guess the only downside would be that the facility is 24 hours and grave shift is a potential possibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You treat us very well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They provide a casual work environment and work life balance.

    Cons

    I don't have any Cons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    A great company to work for they really care about the people and helping them to advance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contractor in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Contractor in South San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Genentech as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people are top-notch and they have great benefits

    Cons

    Sometimes work-life balance can be hectic, but that can be said for most all companies. Contractors are sometimes treated like second class citizens even thought they can contribute just as much as the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to show that you value your employees and striving to provide good work-life balance. Happy employees are usually hard working and loyal employees.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic place to work

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

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

    Pros

    gride to work is a dream come true.

    Cons

    lacking key processes and clarity at times. must have some self drive within to do well here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    perks are great. no complaints.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Employees treated with respect. People come as a top priority in company decision making. Good salary, great benefits.

    Cons

    Busy, fast paced. Sometimes hard to keep alignment among global work-streams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Rich culture. Awesome benefits.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Oceanside, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Oceanside, CA (US)

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The campus is world class. The company is very supportive of employees and the community. Culture is hard to beat. Benefits are amazing.

    Cons

    Organization is surprisingly immature for such a large, established company. Can be frustrating trying to get something done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in organizational development. Don't rely so heavily on temps.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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